Week 28 of Pregnancy: Baby’s Developing Senses and Maternal Milestones


Baby Size at Week 28
: At week 28, your baby is approximately the size of an eggplant, measuring around 14.8 inches (37.6 centimeters) from head to heel. The baby’s weight is about 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram). The senses, such as hearing and vision, are continuing to develop.

Changes and State in the Mother’s Body:

  • Your uterus is now about 3 to 3.5 inches (7.6 to 8.9 centimeters) above your belly button.
  • You may experience shortness of breath and difficulty finding a comfortable sleeping position as your baby continues to grow.
  • Your breasts may start producing colostrum, a nutrient-rich fluid that will nourish your baby after birth.
  • You might feel Braxton Hicks contractions more frequently as your uterus prepares for labor.
  • Some women may experience swelling in the hands, feet, and ankles, which is normal during pregnancy.

Common Symptoms:

  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Fatigue and trouble sleeping
  • Backaches and round ligament pain
  • Frequent urination due to pressure on the bladder

Tips for Week 28:

  1. Invest in a supportive pregnancy pillow to help you find a comfortable sleeping position and alleviate backaches.
  2. Practice deep breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to manage shortness of breath and reduce anxiety.
  3. Wear comfortable, breathable shoes and avoid standing or sitting in one position for too long to reduce swelling in the hands, feet, and ankles.
  4. Stay hydrated and practice Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and reduce the frequency of urinary incontinence.
  5. Discuss your birth plan and preferences with your healthcare provider, including pain management options and any concerns you may have.

FAQs:

  1. Why am I experiencing heartburn and indigestion at week 28 of pregnancy?
    • Hormonal changes during pregnancy can relax the valve between your stomach and esophagus, causing stomach acid to flow back up and result in heartburn and indigestion. Eating small, frequent meals and avoiding trigger foods can help alleviate these symptoms.
  2. Is it normal to experience increased vaginal discharge at week 28 of pregnancy?
    • Yes, an increase in vaginal discharge, which is typically clear or white, is normal during pregnancy. However, if the discharge changes in color, consistency, or has a strong odor, it may indicate an infection, and you should contact your healthcare provider.
  3. When should I start discussing my birth plan with my healthcare provider?
    • It is recommended to start discussing your birth plan with your healthcare provider around week 28 or earlier. This allows you to address any concerns, understand your options, and make informed decisions for your labor and delivery experience.

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