Before getting pregnant, there are some things you need to do such as a checkup with your doctor and dentist. Once you decide that you want to get pregnant, you also need to start a healthy lifestyle. You need to stop smoking since it can harm you and the baby. It is also recommended for you to reduce your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
Once you are pregnant, you also need to monitor your pregnancy. You can look for the symptoms of every week of pregnancy since the symptoms of 2nd-trimester pregnancy and the last trimester are different. Here are the things you need to know once you are at 28 weeks pregnant.
Once you reach 28 weeks, it means you are six months pregnant, the start of the last trimester of your pregnancy.
There are some symptoms you can expect. One of them is trouble sleeping. The closer you get to your due date, you might find you cannot fall asleep easily. Usually, this problem is caused by nerves or hormones. Sometimes, trouble sleeping is caused by both.
Another symptom you can expect is shortness of breath. As your baby becomes bigger, she/he starts to crowd your diaphragm and lungs which will make it hard for you to catch your breath. When you feel shortness of breath, do rest. You need to make sure that you do not push yourself too hard.
When you are pregnant, you also need to be careful of hot weather and low blood sugars. Both of them can cause dizziness. In some cases, they can even cause you to faint.
You will also feel aches and pains that are caused by the hormone fluctuations. One way to deal with this problem is by stretching. You can also go swimming or take a walk. Another way you can try is yoga or getting a prenatal massage.
When you are in your last trimester, you also need to do a workout. It does not have to take a long time. You can do a 30 minutes exercise every day. It will help you and your baby.
Your Belly at 28 Weeks Pregnant
At 28 weeks, your baby will be around 14.8 inches tall and as big as an eggplant. At this time, you might need to go to your doctor once in two weeks. Your doctor might want to check your 28 weeks pregnant belly to make sure that there is nothing wrong with the baby’s growth and his/her position.
Normally, the fundal height is around 26 to 30 centimeters. Fundal height is a measure of the uterus’ size to determine the baby’s growth. You can measure the fundal height by measuring the distance from the pubic bone to the top of the uterus.
When you are 28 weeks pregnant, your doctor might ask you to do kick counts. The reason you need to do this is to get to know how often the baby is moving and the consistency of his/her movements.
To do this, first you need to pick up a time of day. Then you need to set a timer. You should wait until your baby makes 10 movements. Normally, it will not take more than two hours. You do the same thing on the next day at the exact same time. After that, you need to record the times your baby needs to make 10 movements every day. This way, you can make sure that your baby is alright. If you find inconsistency, you need to contact your doctor to let them know.
Your Baby at 28 Weeks
At 28 weeks, your baby will weigh around 2.2 pounds and be as big as an eggplant. If you decide to get 28 weeks pregnant ultrasound, you might notice that your baby starts to get fat at this stage. It means that your baby’s skin — that used to be wrinkly — starts to become smoother.
Another good news is at this stage, your baby starts breathing. When you hit 28 weeks of pregnancy, the lungs of your baby is developed enough that even if you get into preterm labor, your baby will probably survive.
As the baby birth nears, it is normal to have worries about labor. One way to assuage your fears is by asking your friends who have children about it. You can also talk to your friends who are also expecting a baby to know about their birth plan. You can also talk about this with your doctor.