Your Pregnancy: Week 28

Pregnancy week by week: You are 28 weeks pregnant


Your Body

Pat yourself on the back, mama, you’ve reached the third — and last — trimester! The top of your uterus is sitting midway between your breasts and navel, shifting your gravity forward and causing backache. Plus, if your little one has flipped into a head down, bottom up position (the right one for birth) this puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica produces sharp, shooting pain, numbness or tingling that begins in your lower back or bottom and travels down the back of one of your legs. The condition could remain until delivery or subside once your baby shifts. You can reduce aches and pains by wearing comfortable shoes, giving yourself adequate back support when sitting, applying a heating pad, doing pelvic tilts, swimming and visiting an acupuncturist or chiropractor.

Women gain, on average, about 10 pounds in the final stage of pregnancy. Added weight can make you feel more tired and contribute to musculoskeletal pain. And as a result of your uterus being crammed into your ribcage, you are also short of breath even if you’re not active. When baby drops farther into your pelvis, breathing should be less of a challenge. FYI, heart palpitations, a sense that your heart is skipping a beat or fluttering, is normal in pregnancy, too. Take a load off and relax when you can: get a pregnancy massage, sip tea, listen to classical music or meditate.

Baby’s World

Measured from her crown to the bottoms of her feet she is 40 cm. (15.75 in) and weighs 1.1 kg (2.4 lb.); she’s roughly the size of a head of lettuce. Her irises contain pigment but it will be six months to a year after her birth before her real eye colour is revealed. She is becoming chubbier and her wrinkled skin smoother. She can smell and turn her head from side to side. Her kicks are vigorous, and she may have a full head of hair — or not. Grooves and folds are forming on the surface of her once-smooth brain.

Fun Fact

Studies show that by this week baby can distinguish between mom and dad’s voices.

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