-Experience The Major Signs of Preterm Labor!
When you are 28 weeks pregnant, your little baby kicks hard and gains fuller looks as he/she can get the fat cover over the skin.
At this time, your unborn baby looks almost like what he/she would during the birth. By this time, the baby’s features are well developed.
Your health care provider gives you indications regarding the position of your child in your womb.
As you prepare for the D day, the baby becomes more impatient to meet you and more responsive to your voice and your touch. The mother baby bond grows stronger every day and if you are happy so is your baby.
Week 28 pregnancy symptoms and physical changes that occur in your body
Now you are busy in searching the name for your baby because naming is not always the most straightforward or easy thing and most of the couples can’t find a name even after the birth of the child
Kick pattern may change
During 28 weeks pregnancy, your baby’s kicks will become stronger.
If you observe any significant drop in the number of kicks, it is better to inform your practitioner or mid-wife.
But, don’t become anxious. As the weeks pass on, there are significantly less kicks. This is because of less and less space the baby has in the womb to move about forcefully
Pre-term Labor Signs
By the end of pregnancy 28 weeks, it is very essential for you to know about the signs and symptoms of pre-term labor.
If you experience any severe back pain or menstrual type cramping that often come and go, or the uterus contracts 4-6 times per hour, then immediately drink at least 2 glasses of water and contact your health care provider.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should call your practitioner:
- Pain or burning sensation while urinating
- Severe pain in your upper abdomen
- Swelling of the face and also the upper extremities
- Leakage of the amniotic fluid
- Abnormal colored or foul smelled vaginal discharge
- Severe pelvic pressure
- High fever or headache that doesn’t disappear
All the above conditions are signs of labor and delivery. So, it is very essential to call your care provider during these conditions.
By week 28 of pregnancy, the effect of the RhoGam vaccine is in place so your baby is protected by any consequences the mom’s negative Rh may cause. The treatment helps to prevent sensitization at the time of delivery.
This shot will also be administered to you within 72 hours of birth if the baby is Rh positive. You will not be administered with the second shot if the baby also have Rh negative.
28th week of pregnancy is the period for hemorrhoids, itchy skin, leg cramps, pains and aches, indigestion, heartburn, varicose veins, and swelling. Now, your uterus is about 3 inches above the navel. By this point, you will gain weight of 17-24 pounds.
Further testing and recommendations
The doctor will perform additional blood sugar tests and your hemoglobin will also be measured during this week.
You will receive recommendation to relax and rest as much as possible since the sleep deprivation can have a negative influence on the both the baby and the future delivery.
Care you need to take when you are in 28th week of pregnancy
- Do not lift heavy loads and try to avoid any type of strenuous efforts.
- Do not go walking on long distances by yourself and if you must travel make sure you are accompanied.
- Be aware of the common signs of labor and make sure you have the possibility to call your doctor anytime.
- Monitor your baby’s activity and pay attention to your body. In case of major changes you must not hesitate to ask for medical assistance.
- Avoid stressful situations and focus on doing things you like. The more relaxed is your attitude the easiest will be the delivery.
Changes that occur in the fetus when you are 28 weeks pregnant
By this week, your 28 week fetus is about the size of 15.25 inches long and weighs up to 2.4 pounds.
Your baby’s eyes blink a lot this week because the baby is able to respond to light. Also your baby’s eyes have a new set of eyelashes.
From this week, your baby is more sensitive to sound, light, smell and taste. The baby can actually distinguish the sweet and sour tastes and he or she can manifest a preference. Some babies might grow hair on their head while some remain bald.
Brain activity and baby hormones
The brain no longer looks smooth with small grooves and canals making way in the brain tissue. The scientists state that the babies start dreaming in the 28th week of pregnancy.
By this week, your little one’s bone marrow is fast producing red blood cells.
The baby’s adrenal glands produce androgen and estrogen. The hormones stimulate your hormones to start the production of milk.
More weight gain for the little one
Even now lots of wrinkles are seen on your baby’s skin because of constant immersion in amniotic fluid. The grooves and folds of your baby are still continuing to develop and expand. The baby will become plumper and rounder and by this week, the baby has 2-3% of body fat.
With 28 weeks pregnant ultrasound, you will observe great improvement in the baby’s muscle growth.
28 weeks pregnancy facts
It is perfectly normal to feel sleepy and tired and also to feel the pre-birth anxiety. Many women become extremely agitated in the third trimester and this is why family support is crucial during week 28 of pregnancy.
As you enter into the third trimester of your pregnancy, it is essential for you to know facts about labor and delivery. These days 1 out of every 4 pregnant women is having a cesarean delivery.
C-section is one of the major abdominal surgeries. The 4 major causes which lead to cesarean delivery include: breech presentation, dystocia or non-progressive labor, repeated cesareans, and fetal distress. But you certainly need not worry about all that right now since you are just 28 weeks pregnant.
Get more information on what to expect when you are 29 weeks pregnant.