28 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide
Your Pregnancy at 28 Weeks: What's Happening in There

28 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide

Congratulations! You’re 28 weeks pregnant. At this stage of your journey, new developments are beginning to unfold. Check out this week-by-week guide to find out what’s in store for your baby and your body in week 28 of pregnancy.

With week 27 of your pregnancy complete, you’re on week 28. Enjoy it, as week 29 is on the horizon! 

One of the most exciting things about pregnancy is how many changes you’ll experience with your little one over the span of just 7 days! Here’s some tips and tricks to keep on top of all that’s happening.

At 28 weeks pregnant:

  • Your baby is the size of an iceberg lettuce.
  • You’re officially at the start of the third trimester.
  • The countdown continues: you’ve got 12 weeks to go!

What happens during the 28th week of pregnancy?

  • Blink and you’ll miss it: Your baby can now blink, cough, suck and hiccup.
  • Rock-a-bye baby: Your little one can now have deep REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.
  • One good turn: As you enter the third trimester, baby may at some point begin to turn headfirst for birth position. Most babies are born in this position.
  • That’s quite a set of lungs: Their lungs are now almost fully mature. If your baby is born otherwise healthy this week or after, the chances of survival without physical or neurological problems improve greatly. Babies born before 37 weeks are considered a premature birth.

What should I be feeling at 28 weeks pregnant?

  • It’s now the third trimester and your body will be feeling every bit pregnant, with aches and pains, labored breath and sleeping difficulties. Now is the time to do your best to be gentle with yourself—both physically and mentally.
  • Swelling in your limbs may worsen. Elevate your feet where possible, avoid salty foods and try to keep cool during these last few months.
  • Heartburn is also common. To alleviate heartburn, some pregnancy-safe natural remedies are a handful of almonds, papaya and milk or yogurt. Chewing on low-sugar or sugarless gum for half an hour before meals helps increase saliva production, which can neutralize excess acid in your esophagus. Also, avoid coffee and spicy foods if they cause discomfort.

How big is your baby at 28 weeks pregnant?

28 Weeks Pregnant
Baby Weight 2.25 pounds
Baby Length 16 inches
Baby Size Comparable to a head of iceberg lettuce

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.

4 common week 28 pregnancy symptoms

  1. You may start to leak colostrum from your nipples—it’s the first form of what will become breast milk.
  2. Those Braxton Hicks contractions can start to get stronger as you’re approaching the finish line. It’s your body rehearsing for its big moment. If they are more than just occasional, you should call your doctor.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

3 expert week 28 tips for a healthy and safe pregnancy

Being 28 weeks pregnant is an important time for you and your baby. Here’s some more expert-recommended advice on how to adjust to this new stage and keep you and your baby safe.

  • Pump up the DHA: With baby’s brain developing, you’ll want to supercharge it with DHA, either through diet or prenatal vitamins. The amount of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) recommended by experts is 200 milligrams daily while pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Soothe the soreness: Give yourself some little rewards that will help ease the aches and pains. By now, you’re past the hardcore exercising stage, but you can still take walks, do yoga or book yourself a prenatal massage to soothe those muscles.
  • Shoot for the (baby)moon: If you haven’t had that babymoon, this could be your last chance. If you get the green light from your healthcare provider, travel is fine. If you’re flying, drink plenty of water, get up and stretch your legs and regularly rotate and flex your ankles to protect against swelling and clots. Book an aisle seat to make it easier to get out for the stretches. And remember to pack medical records and contacts, just in case.

Week 28 checklist: How to plan your pregnancy

Knowing what to do week-by-week can help you feel prepared and alleviate stress. Add these new items to your to-do list this week. You’ve got this, mama!

To-Do Complete
Schedule your 30 week prenatal visit
Take that babymoon while you can
Count those little kicks

Learn more about your pregnancy, including pregnancy planning and pregnancy nutrition to feel prepared to continue this magical adventure. You’re armed with the facts, what to do, and now you can take time to connect with the little one growing inside you.

With week 27 in the rearview mirror and week 28 going strong, look to the future and what's coming up in week 29!