Pregnancy Week by Week – Week 28

As you enter your third trimester, find out more about your baby!

Some important milestones occur in week 28 of pregnancy including changes in the baby’s pupils and the opening of your baby’s eyelids. What should you be doing?

As you move into your third trimester, you may be feeling a bit more tired. It is possible that the energy you felt in your second trimester is giving way to more exhaustion as your body works hard to nourish and protect your growing baby.

What is happening to Your Baby?

Your baby weighs about 1110 grams (which is about 2.4 pounds) and is around 27 cm in length (or 10.6 inches.) Your baby’s hair on her head is now longer than the fine hair on her body (called lanugo.)

Many changes are happening in your baby’s eyes. The eyelids reopen and the retinol layers are finishing their completion and now receptive to light. Even your baby’s pupils will react to light by dilating at this stage of pregnancy.

What is happening to You?

Some mothers may begin to develop severe itching as they progress into the later stages of pregnancy. This is called cholestasis and is caused by changes in the mother’s liver. There is little treatment that can work to relieve this severe side effect of itching. The good news is that if you are diagnosed with cholestasis, it does resolve fairly soon after birth.

With only 12 weeks to go, you may currently be taking your childbirth classes. If you have not registered yet, it may not be too late. Many hospitals and birth centers carry resource lists for instructors who can come to your house and provide in-home instruction for expectant parents. Be sure to check with your insurance company to see if they will reimburse you for the cost of whatever classes you decide to take. Be watching this site for more information coming soon regarding an online childbirth class to help you prepare for the arrival of your baby!

It is not uncommon to experience headaches at any time during pregnancy. In order to differentiate between tension, dehydration, sinus problems or headaches caused by pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), be sure to read this article on pregnancy headaches.

This is a great time to make an appointment with several local pediatricians to select the one you feel the most comfortable with. You might find you would rather see a larger practice of doctors or that seeing the same pediatrician with every visit is your preference. Coming soon is a list of questions to ask your pediatrician.

To Do List:

1. Begin taking childbirth classes.

2. Eat a healthy diet and continue taking your prenatal vitamins. See our complete nutrition series.

3. Interview pediatricians in your local area.

4. Interview day care providers if you are returning to work.

Are you feeling well in this week of pregnancy?

Take a peak ahead to Week 29.