28 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
- Apply cream or lotion to help with itching skin
- Ditch the heels and stick with flats to help prevent tripping and falling
- Decide who you would like to be with you for support during labor
Your Baby’s Development
Your baby now weighs about 2 pounds, 2 ounces (1,000 grams) and measures about 10 inches (25 cm) from crown to rump. The folds and grooves of your baby’s brain are still developing and expanding, and your baby’s adding layers of fat.
At your next prenatal appointment, your health care provider may tell you whether your baby is headfirst or feet- or bottom-first (called breech position) in the womb. Babies who are in the breech position may need to be delivered by C-section. Your baby still has 2 months to change position, though, so don’t worry if your baby is in the breech position right now. Most babies will switch positions on their own.
Your health care provider probably sent you for some blood tests early in your pregnancy. One thing blood tests measure is the Rh factor, a substance found in the red blood cells of most people. If you don’t have it (if you’re Rh negative) but your baby does (is Rh positive), there’s the potential for your baby to have health problems, such as jaundice and anemia. Your doctor can prevent these problems by giving you Rh immune globulin shots this week and again after delivery.
Pregnancy symptoms at 28 weeks
There’s not long to go now. You’re into your final trimester, which lasts until the end of your pregnancy, usually 40 weeks or beyond. You may see your doctor or midwife more often from now on. You don’t have to wait for an appointment if you want to discuss anything – just ring.
You’re probably torn over how you feel. You may be thinking, “I’ve been pregnant forever”, and “Help, I’m not ready for this.” You’re certainly not the only one! Swapping experiences with other mums-to-be in your antenatal class can be reassuring.
How your life’s changing
- If you’re having your baby in hospital, find out if it offers an online tour, so you know what to expect. You could also read some of our real-life birth stories to help you prepare for the big day.
- If you’re a dad, how do you feel about seeing your partner go through childbirth? Knowing what happens during labour is a good way to prepare yourself for this life-changing event. Then read tips from other people who’ve been a birth partner to find out more.
- Sometimes, things don’t go as expected during labour and birth. Your baby may need help to be born. Read up on assisted birth and caesarean section, so you’re well-prepared and able to support your partner through any procedures.