When you are 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?!
This week is the start of the 3rd trimester, and your baby’s brain and lungs are developing quickly. YOU, mom, may be suffering from several side effects of pregnancy, such as itchy skin, heartburn, and back aches. If you haven’t started your baby registry or attended a birthing class yet, now is a good time to get going!
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Your Baby’s Development
The fetal age of your baby is now 26 weeks. Did you know that babies born after 27 weeks of pregnancy 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.
Here are the great milestones of your baby this week:
- Your baby’s weight is about 2.25 Pounds (1 kg). 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 (37.5 cm). The body is now getting rounder and around 3% of the body is composed of 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 now has billions of active neurons. This week the baby’s fetal brain activity can be seen. It is now possible to see clearly that a baby can dream during sleep. Brainwave activities can 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 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.
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Your uterus is now around 3 inches above your belly button.
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 included what it comprises of, 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. You can test your blood sugar at home, with kits like this one. Testing at home is in addition to a proper test by a doctor or midwife, not instead of it. But it can be a first step to monitor your blood sugar if you feel a bit worried.
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 into 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 during pregnancy! If you want to have a good laugh about it, read the hilarious book “Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth” 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.
And if you haven’t started to plan for your prenatal course, it is time!
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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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More ABout Being Pregnant
MayoClinic (2011), Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Joanne Stone MD and Keith Eddleman MD (2008) The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood
Nilsson, L; Hamberger, L. (2004) A Child Is Born.
Soderberg, L. (2010) Mammapraktika. B Wahlstroms.
Image: Image of 28 weeks belly by Graham and Sheila