Pregnant at 28 weeks, your little one measures around 37cm and is filling out fast. He or she probably weighs around 2 ½ lbs now – that’s 1.1 kg.
A lot of babies tend to move into a head-down position in preparation for birth, but they will keep turning for a few more weeks.
You may have antenatal visits once a fortnight from now on, and will be offered your first dose of anti-D if your blood is rhesus-negative.
Some mums-to be experience pelvic girdle pain (PGP) or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction which may cause pain while walking up stairs, or even turning over in bed - visit your midwife or GP who should be able to treat 28 weeks pregnant pain effectively.
If you’re a 28 week pregnant single parent, don’t let yourself feel lonely. Surround yourself with family and friends when you can, and don’t feel too proud to ask for help as often they’ll be glad to be of some help. Find out more about support networks available to you.
You may find you get breathless during this period as your diaphragm is compressed by your growing uterus.
If you’re particularly aware of increased vaginal discharge, this is normal - but if it’s yellow or smells offensive seek a doctor for medical advice.
What to think about
If you’re exercising regularly, make sure you keep your calorie intake topped up. This is so that your body has enough energy for your growing baby. Aim for around an extra 350 calories a day if you’re exercising.
It might be useful to have a think about pain relief during labour. You may be offered several options and knowing beforehand might help you to feel more prepared.
Breast lumps may form during your pregnancy – they may be tender and they may move around. They can be normal in pregnancy, especially in the third trimester, but lumps in your breasts should never be ignored so pay a visit to your doctor.
Are you still thinking about what sort of birth you would like? There are several options available to you - such as a home, hospital or water birth. Talk to your midwife and ask for more information to help you make your decision.
It’s a really good time to start thinking about what nappies you would like to use? Find out more about nappy options.