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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.

Visit With the Obstetrician

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.

Pregnancy Week 28 Comfort Meter

I feel absolutely wonderful!
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I could be feeling better
UGG I feel terrible!


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Guest Jan 8, 2019 04:42:24 PM ET

Hi! I'm 26 weeks pregnant and feeling absolutely fine. Just wanted to ask if it's right that my baby kicks enormously some days and almost negligible on some other days? How is this possible that he/ she sleeps the whole day?

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Lupe Dec 21, 2017 06:54:28 AM ET

I'm 28 weeks and 5 days and I'm worried because my stomach is low. It's not round, how most pregnant mom's have their belly's. Is it normal?

Guest Jun 15, 2018 05:36:49 PM ET

I also carry very low. its normal for your belly not to be as round in your first pregnancy.

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Jazz Aug 15, 2017 05:54:58 AM ET

So drained , rashes , heartburn,cramps, headaches, still get morning sickness and sciatica and I'm trying to work full time in a very physical job . I can't wait for my lil girl to come to make all the sufferings worth it. I wish I felt glowy but I just feel run down and exhausted all the time.

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Meg Jul 16, 2017 08:14:49 PM ET

I can't wait to meet my son, he moves so much!! I love his personality so far. I'm due Oct 7, 2017. Looking forward to seeing his face.

Guest Aug 7, 2017 01:42:45 AM ET

Awww my son is due in october as well!! october 30th

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gloria Feb 1, 2017 01:58:26 PM ET

I'm 30 weeks pregnant,struggling to sleep on my left hand side. My boy is kicking me a lot and I have to change to my right side but still not getting my sleep. My stomach is stiff and painfull, I get tired so easily. This is my second pregnancy and I was told that I have a placenta,I'm just happy my baby boy is so active, kicking me all the time.

Charlene Jul 20, 2017 01:22:55 PM ET

I feel the exact same way, i am 28 weeks today and i can't sleep on my left side, then he kicks and it feels like i'm crushing him. so i end up sleeping on my rite side :-( - good luck

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Guest Jan 23, 2017 09:11:16 AM ET

I'm 28+4 days and I only feel really sick when I'm laying on my bed or getting up from sleeping, but it's really horrible. Does anyone know how to stop it?

Guest Jun 15, 2018 05:41:53 PM ET

I get the same sick feeling. try to lie down on your sides, preferably your left side, instead of on your back. the baby puts extra tension/pressure on muscles and organs. also try to get out of bed slowly.

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Kristy Sep 9, 2016 03:56:18 AM ET

I am 28 weeks and I feel a lot of pressure and my belly has dropped. I was told my baby is bigger than it should be and they want to see me in 2 weeks. Could they have my due dates wrong ?

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Jasmin Aug 24, 2016 05:26:45 AM ET

I'm 28 weeks pregnant, is it normal to feel nauseated And have bad headaches?

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Guest Feb 20, 2015 03:56:41 PM ET

I hate this. I can't stand to be pregnant anymore. I want this to end. I'm really miserable and depressed. I'm only 27 weeks. I can't stand it and my stupid doctors won't listen to me.

steph Mar 5, 2015 04:03:51 AM ET

You still have a long way to go. i know you probably feel miserable. i am 28 weeks with my second girl, but it's best to have a full term baby rather than a preemie.

Jamie Mar 18, 2015 06:11:28 PM ET

How selfish!

Guest Aug 12, 2016 12:16:23 PM ET

Your doctor, most likely, is listening to you but the baby is not ready to be born. they wont induce you just because you cant stand being pregnant.

Dawn Apr 1, 2017 12:16:49 AM ET

Oh wow! how old are you? stupid dr.s?!

Eva Aug 5, 2017 07:50:01 PM ET

I think she's referring to the fact that she's depressed and the doctors aren't taking it seriously. they should. these unsympathetic comments are the immature ones.

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pinkie Feb 12, 2015 04:21:19 PM ET

I'm 28 weeks, and I've had bad back pain for almost a week now.

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