You’re 28 weeks pregnant — and that means you’re officially in your third trimester!
You’ll probably start to see your care provider every second week now.
This will continue until your 36th week, when visits will become weekly.
If you have developed or are at risk of developing gestational diabetes, it’s more important than ever to stay healthy.
As a result you may need more frequent monitoring and prenatal appointments.
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.
28 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know
If you haven’t toured the maternity ward of your hospital, it should be happening soon.
Your doctor or hospital birth educator will book this tour.
Also, don’t skip the birth class as it’s important you know what to expect and where to go in the hospital before the big day arrives.
Of course, 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 strategies and tools for your partner to help, it’s time to get onto it!
You might also notice Braxton Hicks contractions getting stronger and more frequent from here on.
These practice contractions are usually mild and are part of the way your body prepares for birth.
28 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body
Aches and pains are hallmarks of the final trimester of pregnancy.
Generally these pregnancy symptoms aren’t serious, they can be annoying.
The extra weight and strain are usually the cause.
In addition, shortness of breath often becomes more noticeable after 28 weeks of pregnancy.
As baby gets bigger, your lungs become more squished up and taking a deep breath becomes especially difficult.
Try to take a at least a few breaks during the day with the weight of your belly off your lungs.
Best positions to try are learning forward hands and knees. Being weightless and lying on your front in water is particularly useful.
Of course, it’s a good idea to continue exercise all the way through your pregnancy.
However, be sure to make adjustments for the shortness of breath.
Moderate walking is a great exercise choice, as is yoga or swimming.
Your sleep cycles are often disturbed. This can lead to feeling extra tired as your pregnancy progresses.
Try to avoid doing anything too stimulating during the evening.
However, if you do find yourself wide awake in the middle of the night, reading a book or having a warm cup of camomile tea usually helps.
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
Your growing baby is putting on a lot of fat now.
The skin looks less wrinkled and your baby at 28 weeks 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 change positions for a few more weeks.
If your blood type is Rhesus D negative you will be offered a a medication called ‘anti-D immunoglobulin’.
This is in case your baby’s blood type is Rhesus D positive, which can cause problems for future pregnancies.
This is called Rhesus disease and is quite rare now as pregnant women are offered blood tests to screen for their blood type early in pregnancy.
The anti-D injection is offered to Rh negative women between 28 and 34 weeks of pregnancy.
To find out more be sure to read Rhesus Factor And Pregnancy: A Must Read If You Have Rh- Blood.
It’s a good time to consider what you’ll need to take to hospital for your baby.
It’s not too early to start packing your bag. Start with items you know you want.
Although, don’t worry too much about getting everything in now.
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.