Week 28 pregnancy symptoms
During week 28 of pregnancy, your body is changing quickly. As your baby grows, you will too, and there are certain pregnancy symptoms you may experience at this time.
6 common week 28 pregnancy symptoms
- You may start to leak colostrum from your nipples; it’s the first form of what will become breast milk.
- The third trimester brings its own aches and pains as your baby’s development and those pregnancy hormones impact your body. There are benefits to exercising—some pregnancy-safe exercises can help alleviate achiness and stiffness in your body.
- Up to 15% of pregnant women worldwide develop gestational diabetes. Your doctor will check your blood sugar and work with you for better health (for you and your baby) if your levels are high.
- Your baby may be resting on your spine’s sciatic nerve, causing sciatica. You may feel shooting, sharp pain or tingling radiating from your buttocks to the back of your legs. To help ease the discomfort, try taking warm (not hot) baths, using a heating pad, and stretching daily.
- While fluid retention can loosen your pelvic bones to prepare you for delivery, it can also cause swelling in your wrists and ankles. Elevate your feet when possible, wear comfy shoes, and drink plenty of liquids to keep the fluids moving through the kidneys.
- Constipation and hemorrhoids are frequent complaints. Consuming high-fiber foods, staying well-hydrated, and avoiding long periods of sitting or standing may provide some relief.
Braxton Hicks at 28 weeks
Braxton Hicks contractions are common during a healthy pregnancy and may intensify as you approach the finish line. They won’t cause you to go into labor, but it’s your body rehearsing for its big moment.
What do Braxton Hicks contractions feel like? These contractions, often called “false labor,” feel like the muscles across your pregnant belly are tightening—your uterus may feel like it’s becoming hard to the touch. They may resemble menstrual cramps. Changing position, a massage, and staying well hydrated may help alleviate them.
These contractions are generally harmless, but if they’re more than just occasional, you should call your doctor.