- Welcome to your third trimester! You’re in the home stretch—panic and excitement may be setting in. You’ll be visiting your ob-gyn or midwife more often now that you’re heading toward the finish line. Expect to have a regular appointment every two weeks.
- Baby is not leaving you a lot of room. Their cramped quarters may result in you experiencing some unpleasantness: shortness of breath, occasional incontinence and general discomfort.
- You’ve been feeling baby move and groove for a few weeks. Now is the time to start doing kick counts. Basically, you want to feel at least 10 movements in a two-hour span. (More on that, below!)
Moms-to-be who are 28 weeks pregnant and beyond are known for their lack of sleep. If you find yourself up in the middle of the night, do something relaxing. (This is not the time to vacuum the house from top to bottom.) Instead, read a book, drink chamomile tea or listen to soothing music. Then get back to bed and try to get some rest!
Inside your 28 weeks pregnant belly, baby is starting to develop more fat, so their once-wrinkly skin is starting to get smoother. In pretty amazing news, baby is practicing breathing, and their lungs are getting more mature every day.
Baby will keep getting bigger—and smarter—after week 28 of pregnancy, and then baby will just need a few more finishing touches before they’re ready to meet you.
How big is baby at 28 weeks?
At 28 weeks, baby is the size of an eggplant. Putting on layers of fat, baby now measures about 14.8 inches from head to toe and weighs in around 2.2 pounds.
What does baby look like at 28 weeks in the womb?
At 28 weeks, baby’s size is getting serious, with baby now over 2 pounds! If you could peek inside your 28 week pregnant belly, you’d see baby going through periods of activity (hello, tap dancing on your bladder!) and periods of rest. In fact, baby can now experience REM sleep, which means baby is having dreams! That rapid eye movement continues when baby’s awake, though, because now they can blink too.
28 weeks pregnant is how many months?
How many months are you pregnant? Have you found yourself wondering, “how many months are you pregnant for again?” Not to worry, the combination of pregnancy brain and the seemingly endless last seven months might have teamed up to make you forget. Technically, pregnancy is 40 weeks. That doesn’t break so cleanly into months, but if we had to say, pregnancy is a little shy of 10 months long. If you’re trying to figure out 28 weeks in months, we’ve got you. When you hit the 28-week mark, you're seven months pregnant. So what trimester is 28 weeks? This week, you’re embarking on your third trimester. Can you believe you’ve made it this far?!
28 week ultrasound
Now that you’re 28 weeks pregnant, you’ll start seeing your OB twice per month (or every two weeks). If your pregnancy has been uncomplicated, don’t expect to get a 28-week ultrasound at this appointment. Even though you’d probably love to get a peek inside that 28 weeks pregnant belly, it’s simply not necessary to have more than a couple ultrasounds throughout your pregnancy, unless the doctor has a reason to monitor you extra carefully. Try to be patient! Soon baby will be here and you’ll get to gaze at them as much as you want.
As your body gets more and more crowded by your growing 28-week fetus and starts prepping for their arrival, you might be noticing some new pregnancy symptoms. These are common at this stage of the game:
As you get closer to your due date, you'll likely have more and more trouble getting ZZZ’s (which stinks, because you’re beat!). It could be hormones or nerves—or both!—causing your inability to snooze.
Shortness of breath
Baby continues to crowd your lungs and diaphragm, making it tougher to catch your breath. Give yourself permission not to push too hard and to take breaks.
Aches and pains
The third trimester can be really uncomfortable due to hormone fluctuations and the toll pregnancy is taking on your body. (We’re especially talking to you mamas who are 28 weeks pregnant with twins!) To deal, do yoga, stretch, swim, walk and/or convince your partner to give you a prenatal massage. Try wearing a maternity support belt if you’re on your feet a lot. Not sexy, we know, but it can relieve some of the pressure that’s making you so achy.
Braxton Hicks contractions
These practice contractions might be getting stronger, more noticeable or more frequent as your body gets ready for labor. Keep an eye out and be sure that the contractions are only occasional. If they’re regular and continue getting closer together, and don’t stop when you switch positions, you could be in preterm labor and should call the OB ASAP.
Your breasts may already be producing baby's first food, a yellowish substance called colostrum. And surprise—some of it might actually come out before baby does!
What to expect at 28 weeks pregnant
Now that you’ve reached your third trimester (yay!), you’re about to start getting truly uncomfortable (boo!). As your 28 weeks pregnant belly continues to grow, it’ll get harder and harder to get (and stay) comfortable. This will be frustrating at times, but just remember—all this discomfort will bring baby to you, so as annoying as it is, it’s worth it.
Your OB will probably measure your 28 weeks pregnant belly at your prenatal appointment. This week, fundal height—the distance from your pubic bone to the top of your uterus—should be about 26 to 30 centimeters. Knowing you’re measuring within that normal range is reassurance that baby’s growth is on track and that baby is in the right position, since a breech or sideways position could affect the measurement. For women who are 28 weeks pregnant with twins, on the other hand, fundal height usually isn’t measured. That’s because it’s harder for doctors to estimate an “average” for twin pregnancies.
Doctors recommend you start doing kick counts at 28 weeks. You’ll be keeping tabs on how often baby is moving and whether their movements are consistent from day to day. Here’s how you do it: Pick a time of day and set a timer. See how long it takes to get to 10 fetal movements—it should be less than two hours. The next day at the same approximate time, do the same thing. Record the times each day, and you’ll start to find an average range for your baby. It’s great reassurance that they’re doing well in there. If anything seems inconsistent, let your doctor know.
Yes, as the baby gets larger and larger and takes up more room, heartburn sets in easily! Definitely talk to your doctor; generally you can start with Tums or Pepcid. Also avoid foods that may trigger it… Regarding hemorrhoids, try to make sure that you're not also constipated. If you’re constipated, talk to your doctor about it and introduce a stool softener and more fiber and hydration into your diet. Certain over-the-counter hemorrhoid creams are okay to use.
Here’s how to take charge of your physical and mental health during the third trimester (aka home stretch) of pregnancy.
Time to start counting kicks
Kick counts can be both super fun (you get to interact with baby!) and sometimes anxiety-inducing (why has it been so long between kicks?!). Try doing your kick counts at the same time every day and at a time that baby is typically the most active, and try not to freak out about every period without kicks. Wiggles, bladder stomps, tumbles and pokes count too. Plus, remember that baby sleeps, so you might have to wake them up!
Time to make some decisions
Who knew that having a baby came with so many decisions! What kind of birth to have, what to name baby, whether or not to circumcise and on and on and on. Some decisions will be easier than others, and some are yours and yours alone, but it can be helpful to talk any decisions over with trusted friends, a partner or your doctor to help you arrive at an answer.
Get your pediatrician lined up
If you haven’t yet, it’s important to choose a pediatrician (yet another choice to make!) and make sure they know to expect a new patient in the next 12 weeks. The pediatrician will need to see baby within a few days of being born (exactly how soon depends on several factors), so it’s important to have everything lined up before baby arrives.
Baby will be here before you know it, so it’s a good idea to have things ready early (especially in case baby comes early too). Wash some baby clothes and baby sheets, set up baby’s nursery and start stocking up on some postpartum recovery essentials. It’ll be go time soon!
Hitting the third trimester felt like such a major milestone. Pregnancy wasn't easy, and I knew the last 12 weeks wouldn't be without challenges. But knowing we were at the home stretch helped get that extra push of motivation I needed. - Author(optional)
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