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What to Expect When 28 Weeks Pregnant

During week 28 of pregnancy, your baby now weighs about 2 to 3 pounds and measures about 10 inches from crown to rump, or a total length of 15 inches from head to toe. Your baby is probably sleeping and waking at normal intervals.
Other fetal developments that are occurring around this time include the following:
  • Brain tissue continues to develop
  • The folds and grooves of your baby's brain continue to develop and expand
  • The baby begins to dream
  • The eyes open and close.
At this point in your pregnancy, you should have another prenatal checkup with your doctor. He or she will check the usual things (uterus size, blood, urine, etc.). In addition, your healthcare provider may also discuss your Rh factor with you.
At 28 weeks pregnant, you may experience:
  • Leg cramps and mild swelling of ankles and feet
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Varicose veins and itchiness
  • Heartburn and indigestion.
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Pregnancy Week 29

At this point in your pregnancy, your baby should be moving vigorously -- at least 10 times an hour. Fetal developments taking place around week 29 of your pregnancy include the following:
  • The baby may turn its head to find the source of a bright light
  • The fat layers will continue to form
  • The brain can control primitive breathing and body temperature
  • The eyes can move in the sockets.
Once you are 29 weeks pregnant, your baby is about 10.5 inches in length, from crown to rump, and weighs about 2 pounds, 12 ounces.
You may notice that you are experiencing more heartburn. Other symptoms you may experience during this week include:
  • Itchy skin
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Leg cramps
  • Indigestion
  • Achy muscles.
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