Hey mommies, welcome back to another post, today we will be talking about your Normal 28-week pregnancy, as usual, you are going to learn in this post about pregnancy symptoms, fetal development, prenatal visit and obviously Ultrasound images, are you ready? well, let’s begin…
First of all, let me congratulate you, You are officially on the Third Trimester!!!
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How Big Is Your Baby at 28 Weeks Pregnant?
Well, your baby at 28 weeks pregnant will be as big as an Eggplant. The average 28-week fetus weighs about 2.2 lbs. or 1000 grams, and measures about 25 centimeters long.
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Your list of Pregnancy symptoms at 28 weeks looks like this!!!
Shortness of breath: As your baby keeps growing up, the pressure in your lungs and diaphragm increases, therefore you might feel that catching your breath is more difficult now, hang on, this will be over soon.
Backaches and aches in general: Gentle stretching can help your back, also consider sleeping with one of those huge “body pillows”, believe me it helps, this pillows can help to ease some of the pressure on your hips and help you get into a comfy position for your back and pelvis, consider activities such as yoga, stretch, swim, walk, and/or get a prenatal massage.
Itchy belly skin: Skin irritation is a common problem for many mommies, that tends to appear during the fifth or sixth month of pregnancy when you’re really starting to show, and only seems to get more pronounced as time passes and your belly continues to grow.
Leaky boobs: Your breasts may already be producing baby’s first food, a yellowish substance called colostrum. This is the time where some nipple pads can be very helpful.
Braxton Hicks contractions: Braxton hicks contractions are still strong, your uterus keeps practicing for labor. This is totally normal as long as the contractions go away when you change positions. Let your doctor know about any pain or contractions that don’t stop, Please remember that Dehydration can cause Premature Labor, so try to keep yourself hydrated at all times. If you are pregnant with twins expect to be feeling more of this contractions.
Melasma: This appears when a rise in estrogen levels stimulates excess melanin production, this is known as hyperpigmentation. That means your skin, freckles and moles may look darker, there’s probably a dark line down the center of your abdomen as well called (the linea nigra), and your areolas could be a darker shade. It’s especially common in darker-skinned women, or those of Asian and African descent, who already have more pigment in their skin. Exposure to sunlight can make it worse.
These are the most common symptoms for 28 weeks, mainly if you are expecting twins, other mommies can experience other discomforts as well such as Bloating, gas, dizziness, Heartburn and/or indigestion, Frequent urination, Trouble sleeping, etc. all normal for this time, and all of them will be resolved after baby is born.
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What is happening with your baby at 28 weeks?, Fetal development.
Your baby is longer in size and in a curled position inside the womb, but they can still move freely and flex the limbs.
Your baby’s skin is less wrinkled now as fat begins to fill out his contours.
The body is growing now more than the head.
Inside the skull, the baby’s brain is growing rapidly, various sections on the brain that will control Memory and Speech later in life are developing now.
Your baby eyelids can open or close at this time.
The eyes pupils can grow larger or smaller in response to changes in brightness.
The eyelids have lashes already.
Your baby’s taste buds are well developed.
What to know about doctor visits?
Starting at week 28, your visits will be every two weeks.
The glucose screening test will happen between weeks 24 and 28, so if you haven’t gone yet, make sure you have an appointment set. Your doctor may ask you to fast for several hours and then drink a sugary solution. Your blood will be drawn to see how your body’s processing sugar.
This test is crucial to Rule out Gestational diabetes, make sure you don’t miss on this one.
Around this time your doctor might start recommending you to start doing kick counts. You’ll be keeping tabs on how often the baby’s moving and whether his or her movements are consistent from day to day.
Here’s how you do it: Pick a time of day and set a timer. See how long it takes to get to 10 fetal movements it should be less than two hours.
On the routine doctor visits, these parameters are still checked.
Your weight gain.
Heart rate with Doppler(of the baby)
Signs of preterm labor.
If any sign of preterm labor is present such as Contractions, Pelvic pressure, Backache, Cramping or bleeding, then an Ultrasound will be ordered.
And now the most exciting part, Normal ultrasound images of a 28 week baby, in case you need one.
If fetal measurements have to be obtained, they are as follow Biparietal Diameter and head circumference, Abdominal circumference and finally Femur length.
In conclusion, this is the most important information about your 28 week Pregnancy, you learn in this post about Fetal development, Prenatal care (doctor visits) and Fetal Ultrasound.
Thanks for reading my post today. I hope this information was helpful to you, on my next post I will be talking about 29-week pregnancy and ultrasound.
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