28 Weeks Pregnant
You’re 28 weeks pregnant, which means you’re officially in your third trimester. Congratulations! You’ll probably start to see your midwife or obstetrician every second week now. This will continue until your 36 week, when visits will become weekly.
Because you’re getting closer to baby’s due date, it’s time to start making a checklist of those last things you need to accomplish. Make sure you have everything you need for your baby and that all the arrangements are made for your hospital visit. If you haven’t toured the maternity ward of your hospital, it should be happening soon.
This tour will be scheduled through your childbirth class or through your doctor’s office. Don’t skip the birth class as it’s important that you know what to expect and where to go in the hospital before the big day arrives. You don’t want to be wandering around the hospital trying to find your way while you’re in active labour.
If you haven’t looked into independent childbirth classes for more in-depth pain relief tools and strategies, it’s time to get onto it! They’re also typically more couple focused and partner-friendly, which is great for everyone.
A big part of your preparation and sense of safety in moving towards birth is knowing that you’re going to receive the practical, physical, mental and emotional support you need to make it through. Not to mention the love! Any time you spend together focusing on your pregnancy, birth and baby now as a couple is gold. It’s so much more than the information you’ll receive – it’s about taking time to really connect, bond and prepare – together.
BellyBelly thoroughly recommends independent classes to give you an extra edge in the birth room.
28 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body
The third trimester of pregnancy is often marked with a lot of aches and pains. Though they are not serious, they can be annoying. Generally, they are caused by the extra weight and strain of carrying baby. There are also a lot of hormone fluctuations going on and these can contribute to those aches and pains.
Shortness of breath often becomes more noticeable after 28 weeks of pregnancy. As baby gets bigger, your lungs become more compressed and breathing becomes more difficult. It’s a good idea to continue exercise all the way through your pregnancy, but be certain to make adjustments for the shortness of breath. Moderate walking is a great exercise now.
At 28 weeks pregnant your breasts may have started to leak colostrum. This yellowish fluid will be your baby’s first food as you wait for a few days after birth for your milk to come in. Not all women experiencing leaking colostrum and it does not indicate what your milk supply will be after birth. If your breasts have begun to leak colostrum try adding breast pads to your bra to keep yourself comfortable and avoid wet patches appearing on your clothes.
28 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby
At 28 weeks pregnant, your baby is putting on a lot of fat now. Her skin looks less wrinkled and she continues to look more and more like a newborn. She is likely to be settling into a head down position, but it’s not unusual for babies to move around for a few more weeks.
Start considering what you’ll pack to take to hospital. It’s not too early to get the bag packed. Start with items you know you want. You’ll have time to add more things as you think of them. If you need daycare after baby is born, now is the time to finalise your choices.
Your baby’s weight is about 1.2 kg and she is about 36-40 cm long – about the size of a cabbage.