Pregnancy week 28: Your week by week pregnancy guide

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Your baby, who is the size of a Chinese cabbage, may appear more plump in ultrasounds thanks to the extra layer of fat forming. As for you, mum, just a few more months to go!

Great news – you may no longer experience morning sickness! Your baby is getting ready to meet you so expect more ninja kicks than usual in pregnancy week 28. 

How Big is Your Baby?

Your baby is now about the size of a Chinese cabbage, measuring between 37.7cm – 38.5cm and weighing about 1kg – 1.1kg. 

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Your Baby’s Development

In this week by week pregnancy guide, you’ll learn that:

  • Your baby can turn his/her head in your uterus if he/she notices a continuous, bright light shining from the outside.
  • He/she is getting used to blinking his/her eyes by the time you reach pregnancy week 28.
  • His/her bones are nearly developed, though they are still soft. (Don’t worry, they will harden more after he/she is born.)
  • You may notice that your baby looks plump in the ultrasound. That’s because of the layers of fat forming.
  • His/her lungs are mature enough to survive if he/she were to be born now.

Pregnancy Symptoms

  • Morning sickness may not be a concern any more. (This is probably the best bit in this week by week pregnancy guide.)
  • The top of your uterus can now be felt well above your belly button.
  • Your pregnancy symptoms are changing once again. Many women begin experiencing leg cramps and even haemorrhoids at this point.
  • It is hard to get a good sleeping position, especially because your baby is big enough to give you some sharp kicks to the ribs.
  • As the uterus applies pressure on your colon, constipation becomes more frequent.
  • You start wondering if you have been pregnant forever. Of course, the nervousness revolving around labour and birth also takes over your thoughts.

Pregnancy Care

  • While exercising is advisable, you must not indulge in anything strenuous.
  • With the increasing appetite, ensure you munch on healthy snacks.
  • Drink at least eight to 10 glasses of fluids every day.

Your Checklist

  • To relieve swollen ankles and feet, exercise early in the day before the swelling becomes full-blown.
  • Remember that pregnant women are sexy. So treat yourself to cute maternity workout clothes.
  • This is the best time for a 3D or 4D ultrasound. Many gynaecologists bake the price of a 4D ultrasound into their package price, so do check if your doctor can do it for you complimentary.
  • Now is the best time to look into a confinement caterer, should you choose to hire one.

Your next week: 29 weeks pregnant

Your previous week: 27 weeks pregnant

Do you have questions on this week by week pregnancy guide? What are your current concerns, mums? Leave us a comment below!

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Written by

Jasmine Yeo

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