28 Weeks Pregnant (Fetal Age 26 Weeks)
28 weeks pregnant, your baby is about to pass a very special milestone. After this week, your infant has over 95% chance of surviving if being born. A good reason to celebrate, don't you think?!
28 weeks pregnant and the start of the 3rd trimester, your baby's brain and lungs are developing quickly and YOU, mom, may be suffering from several side effects of pregnancy, such as itchy skin, heart burn, and back aches.
What to expect about...
28 weeks pregnant, your baby's weight is about 2.25 pounds. This actually means that your infant has increased her weight 10 times in just 11 weeks!
The height now measures around 14.8 inches from head to heels. The body is now getting rounder, of which, 3% is composed of the body fats. Muscle tones are also starting to develop.
In addition to the ability to blink, your little one has now eyebrows and eyelashes and the eyes are formed.
Hairs in the head are also starting to grow.
The brain has now billions of active neurons. This week is more on the baby's fetal brain activity. It is now possible to see clearly that a baby can dream during sleep. Brain wave activities can now be measured and may now show the different sleep cycles like the rapid eye movement phase - a stage indicating that a dream is taking place. It is possible that fetuses dream a lot earlier, but research has a hard time confirming it for humans.
Other features added are the ability to cough and to suck intensively. It is very possible that you can feel the baby moving from vivid dreams (although I wonder about what !?) and from coughing.
The lungs are now more developed than before. Premature babies born during this week have the capability to breathe. But of course, since the lungs are not fully developed yet, they will need medical support and devices.
Did you know that babies born in 27 weeks of pregnancy or after have a survival chance of over 90%? Isn't that fantastic?! If something would happen now, that would force you to give birth, the odds really are that your baby will survive.
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Your weight gain during this point of time should range from 17 to 24 pounds, which is necessary for you and the development of your baby inside your womb. To learn more about pregnancy weight gain, click here.
You may experience longer periods of leg cramps than before.
You may also have itchy skin, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, heartburn, swelling, backaches, and indigestion. Yes, that's a lot to cope with!
But the good thing is you are almost there - a few more weeks to go and your little baby will be out!
One dangerous complication that can occur during this period is gestational diabetes - rising of your blood sugar. So it is necessary to have your blood sugar level checked during this time.
Restless legs syndrome may be prominent at this time. It is a feeling characterized by an unpleasant sensation and an irresistible urge to move the body. It can also be described as an itching, tickling, or a burning sensation in the muscles. It is common in the lower legs but may also affect the arms and the torso. The cause for this is unknown but stretching and massaging the legs, and cutting down on caffeine can help minimize the aggravation of the symptoms.
Scatia, or what is commonly known as tingling leg pain, can start to worsen starting this week as the baby settles in a proper position. The head may rest in the sciatic nerve in your lower spine, causing you to feel tingling, numbness, and sharp and shooting pains in your lower back and buttocks, which would radiate down to the back of your legs. The pain can sometimes be intense but it will just disappear once the baby changes positions.
To manage the discomfort of the condition, you can apply a heating pad on the affected area. You can also have a warm bath, take stretches, and have a good best rest.
All these weird things happening with your body! If you want to have a good laugh about it, read this hilarious book from someone who's definitely "been there, done that".
Believe it or not, it is time to start preparing for giving birth. You might think that three months is a looong time, but it can go fast, and also not all babies decide to stay all the 40 weeks.
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28 Weeks Pregnant Video
If seeing is believing for you; watch this video explaining the 28th week of pregnancy in pictures and words.
Diary of a DaughterWhat's it really like being 28 weeks pregnant...? Here's a true diary from a 28 weeks pregnant mom-to-be. (Me..!)
Diary Of A DaughterI was released from the hospital the day before my birthday. AND the birthday passed without giving birth. So at least we will have separate birthdays... ;-)
I still often have contractions, particularly in the evenings. Very tough, both physically and mentally.
My iron is down again; to Hb 96.
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