Pregnancy Week 28

Pregnancy Week 28

How big is your baby?
Your baby will be weighing in at around 2.22 pounds (1.005kg) and measuring 14.80 inches (37.6cm). Just to think, about 11 weeks ago your baby only weighed in at around 5.35 ounces (100g)!

How big are you?
Your uterus may be well above your umbilicus by now. In some pregnancies growth may be slow and others, it may seem, as if it has happened over night.

Your uterus will be about 3.14 inches (8cm) above your bellybutton, about 11.02 inches (28cm) from pubic symphysis to the top of your uterus. As your uterus continues to grow with your developing baby it is not uncommon for you to experience round ligament pain. this is usually felt as a sharp pain in the pelvic area, and although it is generally considered as a normal symptom of pregnancy, it can be extremely uncomfortable.

Your weight gain at this stage should be between 16-22 pounds (7.7kg’s-10kg’s) already.

How is your baby developing and growing
At around28 weeks into your pregnancy your baby’s brain will begin to form the characteristicgrooves and indentations on the surface which are common with mature human brains.

Eyebrows and eyelashes will be present and your baby’s hair on his/her head willeven be growing longer. Your babys eyes will now also unfuse and open during thecourse of this week. Although your baby will be aware of light and dark, he/shewill not be able to distinguish objects.

Your baby will continue to have fat deposits under his/her skin, making his/herappearance look a little chubbier. Your babys body will be made up of around 2-3%body fat already.

Your babys muscle tone is gradually improving, and this means that you will noticehis/her movement more often. It is not uncommon that your babys movements will wakeyou up at night while you are sleeping.

Changes In You
It is not uncommon to hear pregnant women feeling as though they are unable to controltheir emotions. The emotional changes a pregnant women experienceswill be different for each person and each pregnancy. These are usually broughton by changing hormones, fears and anxiety about the birth and new baby. If youare feeling like this then – dont worry, you certainly are not the only one, butyou should always remember that there will always be someone who you can expressyour feelings and fears with

Your Nutrition
Over the course of your pregnancy there are certain foods which you should be includingin your diet, and there are foods which you should avoid while pregnant.

Foods to eat freely:

  • Dark green or dark yellow fruits
  • Fruits and vegetable with vitamin C, such as tomatoes, citrus
  • Other fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grain breads and cereals
  • Dairy products
  • Protein sources such as: meat poultry, eggs and fish
  • Dried beans, peas, seeds, and nuts
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Foods to eat in moderation:

  • Fat
  • Sugar

Foods to avoid:

  • Anything containing alcohol
  • Food additives
  • More foods to avoid during pregnancy.

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Pregnancy Week 28