28 Weeks Pregnant

How is Your Baby Growing at 28 Weeks?

Your baby’s eyes will now begin blinking and they are becoming more sensitive to the light that is coming into the uterus. Their brains are still developing and lots of new neural connections are being formed every day.

 

The baby’s heartbeat will be heard through a stethoscope and it is beating around 140 times every minute.

 

Fat starts to build up beneath the skin and lots of capillaries are forming through your baby’s body, giving them a pinker tone. At this stage, your baby is taking in maternal antibodies through the placenta, which helps to build their immune system.

 week 28 foetus

How Big is Your Baby at 28 Weeks?

At 28 weeks, your baby is 37.6 cm (about the size of an aubergine) and weighs 1 kg.

 

What Happens at 28 Weeks?

During week 28, your baby will have developed a particular movement pattern. If your baby’s movements suddenly stop, make sure to contact your midwife to get your baby checked, as lack of movement is a sign of distress.

 

By this point in your pregnancy, you will be seeing your midwife or GP more often. Usually, a pre-natal appointment will be made every few weeks.

 

You may be offered an injection of Rhesus immunoglobulin proteins if you have a Rhesus negative blood group. This is necessary to prevent your own immune system from attacking your baby.

 

What Symptoms Will You Have at 28 Weeks?

Symptoms that are common around week 28 include

  • Backaches
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling hot and flustered
  • Greasy, spotty skin
  • Indigestion
  • Leg cramps
  • Nosebleeds
  • Piles
  • Sleeping problems and snoring
  • Stretch marks
  • Swollen gums
  • Swollen hands and feet
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vaginal discharge