What occurs at pregnancy week 28?


At week 28 you are now in the third trimester of your pregnancy and the nesting period is beginning. This is when you feel like cleaning the whole house in the middle of the night because you can’t sleep.

It’s perfectly normal but you should try to relax more as the delivery day is getting closer. In terms of months, you are seven months pregnant and the baby is becoming more active at night, keeping you awake. You can engage in light relaxing exercises to help you sleep at night.


Your baby at week 28

During this week of pregnancy, some significant changes are occurring. Your baby is developing more fat and muscles and looks more like a real baby. The lungs are fully developed and if it was to be delivered it would survive in the outside world. But it’s safer if it stays a bit longer for full development.

Your baby is now as big as an Aubergine at 14.8 inches in size and weighs 2.2 pounds. As it grows bigger, the baby is also becoming smarter due to brain development.


Symptoms

At the start of your third trimester, these are some of the visible symptoms;

● Shortness of breath

● Aches and pains in your abdomen and back

● Lack of sleep

● Braxton Hicks contractions

● Leaky breasts

● Fatigue


Exercises

You can try these light exercises during this week of pregnancy:

● Yoga

● Stretching

● Swimming

● Walking

● Getting massages


What can you do to ensure your baby stays healthy?

Now that you are 28 weeks pregnant, your visit to the doctor will be more frequent and it will occur twice a month (after every two weeks). There are no ultrasound scans during this week unless your doctor suggests one to monitor your baby. Your doctor will also suggest you start doing kick counts for your baby. In case you notice an irregularity be sure to inform your doctor.

For healthier baby safety tips, you can visit our clinic at Jacaranda Maternity hospital. During the visit you’ll have your vitals and physical examination taken. OGTT (Oral Glucose Tolerance tests for elevated blood sugar levels, which could indicate Gestational Diabetes) test done. The results will be reviewed by the Gynaecologist. In addition provide information about future antenatals, answer any questions or concerns from you and ask questions regarding the pregnancy.


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