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Your Baby's Development This Week

Baby is now between 15 and 15 1/2 inches long and between 2 and 3 pounds.

Hair is becoming more noticeable, with lashes and brows getting longer as well as the hair on the head, although it is very much an individual trait now. Some babies will be born with full thick, long hair while others will have just a trace of fine hair.

Muscle tone is sharper, more controlled and the overall appearance of the baby is plumper and more filled out now.

At this point the baby is capable of breathing.

This is the peak time of activity with the baby, as the muscles are strong and there is still enough room to really kick and stretch still.

In the final weeks of the pregnancy, the baby will still be active but the uterus so crowded that the movements are somewhat limited.

Baby's sleeping pattern now includes REM (rapid eye movement) stages, meaning dream states.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 28

Uterus is so large now that the complaints associated with it are growing as well, such as heartburn, back pain, varicose veins, and fatigue. Good news is, the uterus will begin shrinking back to normal size right after delivery.

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This is an important time to begin doing kick counts and keeping track of them. To help with this, keep in mind that babies are most active after you eat, have a cold drink, or have been physically active. Try to find a good position to feel the movements easily, such as sitting holding your belly, or lying on your left side, which allows for good circulation also. You want to feel at least ten movements within a two hour time period, and often it'll take much less than that to count to ten. Keep a record of when you were timing, how long it took to get to ten and what activity you were engaged in if applicable. What you want to get from the count chart is a reliable pattern. Then you can detect deviations from your baby's normal activity level.

Preparing for Baby

While you may have been thinking about this earlier in your pregnancy, now is definitely the time to decide on breast and/or bottle. Read up on the pros and cons, the honest experiences and opinions of those you trust, and talking to health professionals. Yes, breast is best, but if there are certain issues that you have to overcome to do it, and you attempt it out of guilt you might be setting yourself up for extra stress. Some women go into it planning on a limited time to nurse, but discover it's easier than they expected and continue nursing longer. Others won't hear of using bottles, but life forces it upon them due to unexpected circumstances. It's best to be informed about both in case you need to change your plans. Find out what type of equipment you need for your choice, and what is recommended.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

At this point in your pregnancy, you might be feeling less like exercising as the uterus takes up so much more space and seemingly takes over your life too! Talk to your doctor about your fitness regime and what accommodations you might need to make at this point. You need to be honest about how you are feeling, any symptoms you are experiencing and don't exaggerate or embellish. You want to be as active as you safely can, but safe is the key word.

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kamerra Jul 28, 2014 06:28:38 AM ET

I just turned 28 weeks today and i can't go to sleep at all. my stomach started to hurt really bad because i kept on using the bathroom. i think i got diarrhea. what should i do?

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Rana Jul 15, 2014 05:52:27 PM ET

I'm 28 weeks, and i'm being having bad headaches almost all day. is it normal to have headaches constantly?

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Rita May 21, 2014 12:03:16 PM ET

I'm 28 weeks pregnant and my back is killing me. i have sharp shooting pain in my right butt cheeks and my lower back tail bone. i'm feeling miserable every time i walk.

Elizabeth May 21, 2014 01:39:26 PM ET

This sounds like sciatica pain, which is very common. i had it as well, and it was excruciating, so i know how you feel! my doctor suggested a pregnancy belt to help relieve the pressure. try that. i hope it helps!

Diana Jun 20, 2014 12:12:37 PM ET

Hello, i am form poland, and very liked this pregnancy page. i also have a terrible pain in my lower back and butt cheek (now it is right side but it was left side couple days ago...). is it possible that this is sciatica? should i stay in bed or do some exercises? i'm not sure what is right for me now.

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Aili Aug 15, 2013 06:42:59 AM ET

I am on my 28 weeks pf pregnancy now. due date is 6th of nov. can't really wait for my little baby boy :) its my first child and am super excited:) first three months were quite horrible for me, because of morning sickness...but when it was gone overnight, i almost forgot that i ever had it.. around week 22 i had to go to emergency, because i had weird pain down my abdomen, they told me there, i had early contractions and could have had lost my baby :s:s was the scariest moment of my life.. they gave me medicines and had to stay in bed for couple of weeks, and not to do anything that requires lifting or moving..now thank god, im all good and feeling great:):) all the struggle we go through throughout the pregnancy, is worth it :):)coz after giving birth, when you hold your little miracle nothing else matters anymore..we need to stay strong for our little ones:)

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Rachael Aug 9, 2013 02:21:42 PM ET

I'm a little over 28 weeks. i have a 6 yr old, 4 yr old twins, & a 3 yr old all boys including his one so i'm about to be a mother of 5 boys but the last 2 days i've been feeling some pressure & pain in my vagina & my baby has been so low it feels like he has been pushing against my hips the last month. should i be concerned?

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Guest Aug 9, 2013 04:04:06 AM ET

Im 28 wks 7 days with our first and its a boy. im sooooo excited. he kicks real hard and jabs at my belly. but thats abt all the stress hes given me so far. hes a real gentleman and i ope he remains that way. im due october 25th and im soooo excited.

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cassandra Aug 4, 2013 09:23:22 PM ET

Iam 28 weeks with my third child an this is my second daughter i have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and placenta previa so i have to bed rested but my baby is healthy thank god its just ive neva had this with my other two kids i just would like to meet my bundle of joy cuz im so not liking the bed thang

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Nasreen Williams Naidoo Aug 4, 2013 04:52:32 AM ET

I'm 28weeks pregnant with my 1st baby. due october, baby kicks around like crazy lol..only trouble i have is at night i struggle to sleep right through the night. and sex with my husband is so painful, it really hurts and my vagina feels swollen nd luks red afterwards.

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kgimbert Aug 1, 2013 07:32:48 PM ET

I'm 28 weeks today, with my 2nd boy and i'm having one of those days where i feel huge! it's probably the heat, but everything hurts and even walking is painful. come on cooler weather!

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Mrs.pink27 Jul 31, 2013 01:41:14 PM ET

Iam 28 weeks due in oct. feeling ok now. when i first got pregnant it was hell for me i had to force myself out of bed,headaches everyday all day. my breast was so sore couldn't really touch them. i just got laid off my job in july cuz i dilated 1cm when i was 6months.my first daughter was cool no problems r sickness now this lil girl im sick all tha time. can't wait to meet my baby girl my girls are 10 years apart so i will have big help. i just wish she lay off my bladder she is so low. congrats to all tha mommies

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