28 weeks pregnant : complete info , symptoms and development

How is the development of the fetus at 28 weeks' gestation? Your baby is now the size of a large eggplant, weighing about 1 kg and a length of 38 cm from head to heel.

On the next prenatal examination, the doctor may tell you whether your baby is in the head position first or the foot first (buttress position) in the uterus. Babies who are in breech positions may need to be born by caesarean section. Your baby still has 2 months to change positions, so don't worry if your baby is in a breech position now. Most babies will switch positions by themselves.

28 weeks pregnant

The folds and grooves of your baby's brain continue to grow and expand. In addition, your baby continues to add a layer of fat and continues to do hair growth.

Pregnancy Symptoms

  • Morning sickness had passed.
  • The upper part of your uterus currently feels above the navel.
  • Symptoms of pregnancy begin to change. Many women begin to feel leg cramps and even hemorrhoids this week.
  • It's very difficult to get a good sleeping position, especially because your baby is big enough to kick your ribs hard.
  • As the content of the colon increases, constipation will become more frequent.
  • You begin to wonder if this pregnancy will last forever. Of course this is due to anxiety about labor and birth that is controlling your mind.
  • Care for pregnancy
  • Even though mild exercise is highly recommended, if the intensity continues to be too heavy then this is not recommended.
  • Along with increasing appetite, make sure you eat healthy snacks.
  • Drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water every day.

What are the changes in the body of a pregnant woman at week 28?

Your doctor may ask you to do some blood tests early in your pregnancy. One thing measured by a blood test is the Rh factor, a substance found in red blood cells of most people. If you don't have it (if you are Rh negative), but your baby is Rh positive, there is the potential for your baby to have health problems, such as jaundice and anemia. Your doctor can prevent this problem by giving a vaccine called Rh immunoglobulin on week 28 and again after giving birth.

Maintain a pregnancy that lasts 28 weeks

Your stomach is not the only organ that enlarges in pregnancy. The ankles and calves will also swell, especially in the third trimester. This swelling is not dangerous, but making your shoes uncomfortable, your ring may feel tighter and it is difficult to remove it from your hands.

Swelling of the ankles, feet and hands is normal and is related to the increase in fluid needed in pregnancy. In fact, 75% of women experience swelling in several periods of pregnancy, usually around week 28. As you feel yourself, swelling gets worse when it's hot or after spending too much time sitting or standing. In fact, swelling may decrease after you lie down at night or for several hours.

To reduce swelling, you can apply this method:

  • Rest your legs and buttocks
  • Raise your feet when sitting
  • Rest regularly by lying down on your side
  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Exercise regularly
  • Lower the level of water in the body by drinking lots of water. It seems to be upside down, but it's true: the more water you drink, the less fluid is held in the body
  • Try pregnant stockings to reduce swelling
  • Visit to Doctor / Midwife

What do I need to discuss with the doctor on week 28?

If your swelling gets worse, see a doctor immediately. Excessive swelling may signal preeclampsia when it presents with other symptoms such as sudden weight gain, high blood pressure, and protein in the urine. If your blood pressure and urine are normal (tested in antenatal care), you don't need to worry about this. If you add other symptoms such as sudden weight gain, high blood pressure in a short time, or headaches and serious vision problems, contact your doctor to determine what problems you have.

Tests that may be needed at 28 weeks' gestation

Your doctor will do a routine test such as:

  • Weight and blood pressure tests
  • Scan urine to check sugar and protein levels
  • Fetal heart rate test
  • Check the size of the uterus by touching the outside to see how it is related to birth
  • Fundus height (uterine peak)
  • Varicose legs, swollen hands and feet
  • Glucose screening
  • Blood test for anemia
  • Inoculation of diphtheria
Report to your doctor any symptoms you experience, especially abnormal symptoms. Prepare a list of questions or problems that you want to discuss with your doctor to facilitate your consultation.

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