28 Weeks Pregnant

28 Weeks Pregnant – My Growing Baby

My growing baby is measuring about 14 ¼ inches long and weighs in at 2 ½ pounds.*

28 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for my baby

Most of the changes continue to be things you can’t observe.  The brain is becoming more complex; the typical grooves and indentions seen in a brain are developing.   The brain tissue starts to develop during this week as well. The hair on the eyebrows, eyelashes and top of the head continue to grow and become more visible.  The fat continues to develop and help your baby fill out and become more round.

28 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for me

You are probably tired of reading that your uterus is growing, but that is one of the continual changes for your body.  The top of your uterus is about 3 ½ inches or more. Similarly, your weight gain continues to increase and should be somewhere between 17 and 24 pounds.  You are now in the third trimester and possibly noticing new signs of pregnancy that include: leg cramps, constipation, insomnia and hemorrhoids.

28 Weeks Pregnant – Planning this week

Knowing what to expect for each prenatal appointment is helpful as you think through potential questions or concerns to talk with your healthcare provider.  The next prenatal care visit will probably include the following:

  • Rhogam if you have the Rh Factor- If the Rh antibody was not found in your blood then you will be given Rhogam at 28 weeks and possibly after delivery.
  • Discussion of the fetal movement chart
  • Calculating kick counts or baby movements
  • Selecting your childbirth class option
  • Discussing the benefits of breast feeding and things to know for bottle feeding

From this point forward, more than likely you will have a prenatal care visit every two weeks until the 36th week.  Your prenatal care visits will become weekly from that point till the birth.

28 Weeks Pregnant – Health Tips

Now is the time to start planning your trip to the hospital.  This includes packing your bag or at least planning what you will pack.  You also want to make sure that you have all the phone numbers you need in your cell phone and written down if needed for others.  How are you getting to the hospital?  Who is taking you and who is the alternate if that person is tied up for some reason.  It is nice when everything comes together, but it is important to make sure you make back up plans just in case.

28 Weeks Pregnant – Tips for my partner

You probably already have cell phones, but if not this might be a good time to get some.  You never know when labor is going to happen and it is always best to be able to get connected whenever it happens.  Also comfort your partner as she develops any fears of missing you, not being able to reach you, or wondering if you are going to be able to make it.  Consistent communication is the best way to alleviate some of these fears.  Sometimes even a text message can mean the world or help her feel connected.

Last Updated: 11/2012

* All measurements are provided as a general guide for common pregnancy development which may vary depending on the nutrition, mother’s health or accurate dating of conception.  Every pregnancy is unique and may be experienced differently even for the same woman.  It is important to undertand that babies develop at a different rate even before they are born. The purpose of this developmental information is to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing, and you must remember that your baby’s growth may vary from that which is outlined.

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