Week Twenty-eight of Your Pregnancy


Week 28 Info


Your baby weighs 2 pounds "like a Chinese cabbage" and measures just under 15 inches from the top of her head to her heels.  She can blink her eyes, which now have lashes and she may be able to see light that filters in through your abdomen.  She's beginning to fill out with more subcutaneous fat deposition.  If born now, 90% of babies will survive with intensive care services and the help of medical technology.

You're in the home stretch.  Your third and final trimester starts this week.  At this point, you will likely visit your doctor or midwife every 2 weeks.  Then, at 36 weeks you'll switch to weekly visits.  You should have done your diabetes screening test by now and if your result was high you will soon be scheduling a 3-hour glucose tolerance test.  If you are Rh negative, you'll get an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby's blood.

Many of the lovely symptoms you can expect to experience in the third trimester include heartburn, constipation, hemorrhoids, urinary incontinence, varicose veins, swelling and itchy skin.  Your breasts may leak colostrum at this point, but don't worry if they don't.

You will probably be starting childbirth classes now if you haven't already.  If you haven't signed up for a class, you may want to do some reading on the subject to familiarize yourself with what will be happening during labor and delivery.  Knowing what to expect can significantly decrease the anxiety of the unknown.  Don't forget to check with the library or with you childbirth class coordinator for video versions of childbirth classes.  This can be very useful if you are unable to take a class in person, for instance if you are at bedrest.

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