You are welcome to the pregnancy stage of third trimester, as this is the stage where you often experience lack of sleep. If you discovered yourself are wake up in the middle of the night, you don’t need to stress about that because it is normal. What you have to do is just stay calm and try doing something that is soothing and relaxing such as reading books, drink some chamomile tea, or listen to soothing music before bed.
As your body gets more and more crowded by your growing 28-week fetus and starts prepping for his or her arrival, you might be noticing some new pregnancy symptoms.
These symptoms are common at this stage of week 28 pregnancy:
1. Trouble sleeping.
As you are getting closer to labor date, you are more likely facing more and more difficulty in getting proper sleep which could due to pregnancy hormones or nerves cause.
2. Shortness of breath.
Baby will keep growing to crowd your lungs and diaphragm, which will makes you breathe much harder. So ensure to allow yourself to keep calm & not pushes yourself too hard working on something.
3. Aches and pains.
The third trimester stage can be really uncomfortable due to hormone fluctuations, so do light exercise such as yoga, stretch, swim, walk, and/or get a prenatal massage to relieve aches and pains.
Try wearing a maternity support belt if you’re on your feet a lot to relieve some of the pressure that’s making you so achy. You can find the maternity support belt here that I have been using.
4. Braxton Hicks contractions.
These pregnancy contractions might be getting stronger and even more noticeable, or as frequent as your body gets ready for labor sooner. So make sure to aware that the contractions are only occasional but if they’re going regular and continue to get closer together, you could be in preterm labor and necessary to call the obstetrician immediately.
5. Milk leaking.
Pregnancy breasts or yours may already be producing baby's milk, firstly that can be a yellowish substance called colostrum which might indeed come out before baby does!
What Is The Size Of My Baby In Pregnancy Week 28?
Your baby size can now be resembled with the size of an eggplant. This week 28 is also the 6th month of pregnancy.
Because your baby had put on layers of fat starting last week, now your baby is measure at about 14.8 inches (37.5 cm) from head to toe and weighing at around 2.2 pounds (1kg).
Your obstetrician will perhaps measure your 28 weeks pregnant belly at your prenatal appointment.
In this week 28, the fundal height will measured from the distance of your pubic bone to the top of your uterus and that should be around 10.2 to 11.8inch (26 to 30cm) as a normal range reassurance healthy baby growth on track in the right position, breech or sideways position pregnancy may also be consideration affecting the measurement fundal as mentioned.
Yet for women who are 28 weeks pregnant with twins is on opposite where their fundal height usually will not be measured because it is harder for doctors to estimate the fundal height especially for twin pregnancies.
Doctors suggest you to start taking notes on and record how many times your baby kick counts at 28 weeks. You will also be taking note by recording on how often baby’s moving and whether his or her movements are consistent from day to day.
How To Count Baby Kicks?
Choose a time of day and set a timer to see how long it takes to get from 10 fetal movements, because normally it should be less than 2 hours with 10 fetal movements.
You should repeat the counts by the next day at the same approximate time, do the same thing.
Be sure to record the times each day, and you’ll start to find an average range for your baby.
This is a very great reassurance to determine your baby boy or girl is doing well inside there. If you noticed anything seems inconsistent, inform your doctor immediately.
If you need to printout the baby count table for your easy and recordable checklist, download here for free.
As you baby is now starting to grow more fats, the wrinkle skin previously without fat is now is starting to look much smoother. You baby is now amazingly keep practicing breathing where lungs are mature enough that even if baby is born now, will still probably survive in outside environment. Your baby is now growing bigger and smarter, so in overview he or she will roughly just need a few more finishing touches before is ready to meet you.
As you are in your 28 weeks pregnancy, you’ll start visiting your obstetrician 2 times a month or every two weeks. If your pregnancy is not complicated, you will not get a 28-week ultrasound at this appointment because only complicated pregnancy will get more ultrasound.
We all know you as a new mom who would love probably to peek inside that 28 weeks pregnant belly, which it is simply not necessary unless the doctor has a reason to monitor you extra carefully.
So just try to be patient as your cute little baby will be out here soon and you’ll get to stare at him or her as much as you want.
When To Call The Doctor In Week 28?
Since you are visiting your doctor more regularly, and your husband and you are require to understand properly how is your pregnancy progressing as follow up on this webpage listing from week 1 onward to week 40.
But, if you discovered or experience something that happened sudden or unexpected, then you must visit to their office immediately because at most cases your experience is common and can be handled by them at ease. Yet, it is important for your doctor be aware precisely about what is going to your pregnancy based on what you feel might gone wrong.
The few severe experience should seek emergency medical treatment are:
- Experiencing severe cramping or pain,
- Start to experience bleeding.