Pregnancy week 28
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How's the foetus during week 28?

Thumb-sucking may start

  • Your baby is about 37.6cm in length and weighs about 1 kg - as much as a bag of sugar.
  • This week is a time of extensive brain maturation, system rehearsal and transformation into a fully developed baby. 
  • The eyes are formed – complete with eyelids and eyebrows.
  • Hair grows and muscle tone improves. 
  • Posture straightens so that the internal organs can shift to their proper positions.
  • Baby may start to suck his thumb. 

What's with my body:

  • Heartburn, cramps and haemorrhoidsFor you, it may be a period of heartburn, leg cramps, haemorrhoids, itchy skins and indigestion. Don't despair - exciting times are ahead.
  • You may find that you pee a little when you sneeze. This is very common during pregnancy. Keep doing your pelvic floor exercises to keep those muscles strong.
  • You may drop things and trip easily. This is normal because of loosening of the joints and water retention. 

Go back to the complete list of Pregnancy week-by-week updates.

Your body is kicking into high gear as it readies itself for birth. It's time to start thinking about antenatel classes and preparation for labour.

How your baby's growing:

Your baby is now about 35cm long and should weigh between 1 and 1,2kg's. It's eyes are beginning to open and close and it sleeps for about 20 to 30 minutes at a time.

If born now your baby would have a good chance of survival without too much intervention as his lungs are able to breathe air, although he would need to be in an incubator and would have a weak liver and immune system.

At your next prenatal appointment, your gynae may be able to tell you whether your baby is head first or feet or bottom first (breech position). Don't worry if she's in a strange position (what your care provider might call a "transverse lie"). There's still plenty of time for her to get settled into the head-down (cephalic) position for birth.

How you may be feeling:

Your breasts may begin producing colostrum, an extremely nutritious sweet, watery fluid that is easier for your baby to digest than regular milk - it will provide your little one's first few meals before your milk comes through.

You may also notice a tightening in your lower abdomen. These "practice" contractions are known as Braxton-Hicks and will become stronger in the coming weeks.

Tip of the week

Have you thought about labour options? Now is the time to accept that despite the plans you make in this regard, baby has ideas of her own.

When you're feeling huge and rolling over in bed requires the help of your husband, booking an induction like a hair appointment can seem like a fabulous idea. But there's a lot to consider before you decide to go that route, especially the fact that experts agree on the large role failed inductions are playing in the ever-increasing Caesarean section rate.

Do not feel guilty if, on the day, things don't go exactly as you'd hoped.

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