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28 weeks pregnant - what to expect

Your baby weighs about 1kg now and is roughly the size of an aubergine.

28 weeks infographic.

What does my baby look like?

Your baby weighs about 1kg now and is roughly the size of an aubergine. They’re starting to take up more space in your womb and, as the weeks go by, you may start to feel a bit more uncomfortable and tired.

Your baby will be having periods of sleep and periods of activity, which you’ll probably be aware of because of their movements. You may have noticed that these movements are settling into a regular pattern.

Take note of the pattern as it will help you notice if your baby’s movements slow down. If this happens, it should be checked immediately.

Find out what to do if you notice a change in your baby's movements.

See how your baby will develop over the coming weeks with BabyCentre's animated inside pregnancy video: weeks 28-37.

Your symptoms - what to expect

Are you feeling dizzy? Suffering from indigestion, cramps or headaches?

Here’s our guide to 10 common pregnancy complaints (and how to avoid them).

Funny feeling in your legs?

Do you get an uncontrollable urge to move your legs? Or perhaps a crawling, tingling sensation? This could be restless leg syndrome. It’s quite common in pregnancy - and usually strikes when you’re resting or in bed.

It will go away once your baby is born. For now, take a look at the NHS tips for easing symptoms.

Can’t get comfy?

Move over husband/partner/cat, make way for pillows. Try one supporting your bump, another for your back and then - best of all - one between your legs.

When you get bigger in the final trimester, try propping yourself up into a sitting position. This can be good for heartburn too.

Finding it difficult to sleep?

Here are some tips to help you drift off.

Actions to take

Next midwife appointment

You may have a routine antenatal appointment at 28 weeks. You’ll be offered a blood test to screen for anaemia and may be prescribed iron tablets if your iron levels are low.

Swim time

As well as being good for your circulation, swimming in pregnancy improves your muscle tone and increases your endurance (great for preparing for labour). It may also give you more energy and help you sleep better.

As your bump grows, the feeling of weightlessness in the water can be lovely and relaxing.

“Swim swim swim! I swam 60 lengths, two or three times a week in my first pregnancy and had a wonderful natural birth, which I think my fitness had a large part to play in.” Sara, mum of two

Birth plan

If you haven’t written your birth plan yet, you may want to start thinking about doing it.

Think about the different kinds of pain relief and which, if any, you may like to consider when you’re in labour.

Bear in mind, however, that your wishes may change and you might also need some extra help during labour and birth, so try to keep an open mind.

Find out more about your antenatal appointment schedule.

Sources

1. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2008) Antenatal Care, NICE Clinical Guidelines 62: http://publications.nice.org.uk/antenatal-care-cg62[accessed 12 March 2015].

2. NICE (2008) Schedule of appointments in routine antenatal care

3. http://pathways.nice.org.uk/pathways/antenatal-care#path=view%3A/pathways/antenatal-care/schedule-of-appointments-in-routine-antenatal-care.xml&content=view-node%3Anodes-28-weeks

4. ACPWH (2010) Aquanatal Guidelines: Guidance on antenatal and postnatal exercises in water, Bathgate, Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health: http://www.csp.org.uk/sites/files/csp/secure/acpwh-aquanatal_copy.pdf

5. Your birth plan, NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/birth-plan.aspx [accessed 3 March 2015] (last reviewed: 3 May 2013; next review due: 3 May 2015).

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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.

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