28 Week pregnant – Your Week-by-Week Pregnancy

28 Weeks Baby is the size of Papaya

How far have you come when you have a 28 week old fetus?

Finally, you have a 28 weeks belly; you are 6 and a half months now and just after 2 and a half months, you will be holding your baby in your arms. You have already started your 3rd trimester. Besides rapid growth, you will feel a lot more kicking during this period.

You have an active 28 week old fetus in your belly. He will be kicking, breathing, swallowing, and peeing and, trust me, you will love it. He has already started the bain activity. At this stage, if for some reason your baby is delivered, it can definitely survive on its own.

The appearance of a 6 and a half months fetus

27 weeks pregnant ultrasound
28 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

You are 6 and a half  months in your pregnancy and desperately want to see your baby. First of all, the fetus has grown into a big baby and, secondly, he is learning new stuff.

He has developed eyebrows and can blink now. The facial features of your baby are showing uncanny resemblance with you.

He can smile, roll, and respond to the light through your belly. Your about to be 7 months fetus is maturing rapidly and gaining fat for future use.

What is it like to have a 28 weeks belly?

28 weeks belly is no joke. Your baby has covered almost all the space in your belly producing a big bump. Your baby is pressing against the diaphragm making you short of breath.

The belly bump has shifted your balancing point forwards. Due to this instability, you may stumble. So you need to be extra cautious while walking.

Your 28 weeks belly also distorts the curve of the spine. It leads to pain and discomfort.

28 weeks pregnant baby position in the womb

Up till now, your baby is freely roaming in the womb. But when you are 28 weeks pregnant baby position in the womb becomes quite important. Besides, before 28 weeks your baby was lying transversely, but now the natural course makes it vertical.

Don’t confuse yourself with fancy words like cephalic or breech presentation. “Cephalic” means head is downwards which is perfect for normal delivery. In contrast to cephalic, “breech” means that buttocks are downwards. It can also be delivered normally but has a greater risk of cesarean section.

For the reason that your baby is growing rapidly, the baby head down at 28 weeks may cause the butterfly feelings down there. You can also press the sides of your 28 weeks belly to feel the hips up.

28 weeks belly and kick count

Doctors suggest keeping a complete record of your baby kicking. Normally you should feel 10 kicks within 2 hours because the babies are most active during this period.

Symptoms with a 28 weeks belly

Insomnia during Pregnancy

You are about to reach 7  months in your pregnancy and you are doing great! You are carrying a whole life, who is very dear to you. Here are some symptoms which you will be facing during your 28th week of pregnancy.

Frequent Urination

In the 28th week of your pregnancy, you will be peeing a lot. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with you. It is the baby who is growing bigger and bigger. It uses up all the space in the belly so it presses on the other organs.

Due to lack of the space, the capacity of the urinary bladder to hold the urine is markedly decreased. Now with the baby head down at 28 weeks, there is more pressure on the bladder. It causes you to urinate frequently.

Pregnancy marks

28 weeks belly is a 28-30 cm big bump stretching and tearing your tissue. As a result, this causes stretch marks and pigmentation, especially on your lower belly. Luckily, here are some tips for you:

  • Keep yourself hydrated.
  • Use special creams to reduce pigmentation and stretch marks.
  • Vitamin C and D are effective for stretch marks.
  • Oil treatment or Aloe Vera helps to reduce these marks.

False contractions

Your contractions are becoming stronger and more frequent. But there is nothing to worry, as you are already familiar to these false contractions. Your body is preparing yourself for labor.

Therefore, you should be vigilant and notice the duration, regularity, and frequency. Short, continuous, and closely apart contractions which don’t stop with changing position could mean preterm labor. That’s when you need to call your OB doctor.

Insomnia and vivid dreams

If you are having trouble sleeping or having vivid dreams, you are not alone. It gets harder to get a sound sleep when you have a 28 weeks belly. Try sleeping on your side. Read a book or watch TV before sleep. It will help, trust us.

Breathlessness

It is the 28th week of your pregnancy and things are becoming crowded in your belly. Your baby is pushing against your diaphragm, making you short of breath.

Try to stay relaxed and don’t panic. Avoid rapid breathing. Instead, try to calm. Don’t breath fast or deep and don’t push down.

What causes the baby heart rate to drop during pregnancy?

By now you are so attached to your baby that any little thing can make you worried. The news of the baby heart rate to drop during pregnancy is definitely not easy to swallow. But the truth is, during the 28th week it happens to all.

Close to 7 months, your baby shows a slight decrease in the heart rate from 170 to 140 per minute. But it is still twice the rate of a normal adult. And it is completely normal.

Anything above 110 per minute is normal at this age, provided normal kick count and 28 weeks belly size.

Things become a little different when this number goes below 100 per min; you need to visit your doctor asap. Because the decrease in heart rate below 100 almost always show conditions like;

  • Your baby is not getting proper oxygen.
  • Your baby has some underlying heart condition.
  • Use of beta-blockers, digoxin or antiarrhythmics.
  • Hypothyroidism.

Fetal development at 28 weeks

A fetus close to 7 months looks exactly like a newborn. But the systems are not fully developed yet. He is big and independent enough to live on its own. But the remaining period makes sure that all the systems are fully developed.

Your 28 weeks belly is a shelter for your baby where his systems are maturing rapidly. His thalamocortical system develops in the 28th week. Vision and hearing senses develop and sharpen. He can respond to light and loud noise.

The other important thing is that during 28th week and onwards, your baby will be gaining weight rapidly. You need to focus on your diet and take as much rest as you can.

Ultrasound at 28 weeks of pregnancy

Seeing your baby through ultrasound is probably second only to holding your baby. But it is not advisable to do more than 2 ultrasounds in each trimester in an uncomplicated baby. Though the technique is quite harmless, yet the risks are quite high with frequent ultrasounds.

However, you don’t need to worry at all. You baby is doing great. His lungs are maturing and he is learning how to breathe. His heart is beating nicely and brain functions are developing.

Join a breastfeeding class

Finally, you are 28 weeks into your pregnancy and you are planning different stuff with your baby. One thing you don’t want to miss is a breastfeeding class. For the first pregnancy, it is even more important.

You can learn the correct way to breastfeed your baby. You can learn the problems and tips for it and prepare yourself. And by interacting with other pregnant ladies you can enjoy better. Above all, it will be an unforgettable experience.

Kegel exercise:

If you are struggling to control your bladder at the 28th week of your pregnancy, this exercise is for you. All you need is to do 10 rounds of contracting your pelvic muscles for 10 seconds and relax for 10 seconds. You can do it multiple times daily.

This exercise helps your muscles and makes your bladder control better. You can also continue this exercise after delivery if you are still struggling with your bladder control or leaking urine.

Checklist for your 28 weeks belly

Here is a brief checklist to make your 28th week of pregnancy safe and nice:

  • Get a Tdap vaccine.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Take plenty of rest.
  • Plan your doctor and hospital for delivery.
  • Visit your doctor twice a month.
  • Research about pain relief methods during labor.
  • Keep counting kicks of your baby.

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