Week 28 of Pregnancy - FamilyEducation

Week 28 of Pregnancy

Third Trimester

Your 28th Week

Even before birth, your baby is establishing a pattern of behavior.
28 week fetus in uterus
6. The lungs have established a rhythmical pattern, which helps to speed up their development.
5. Many babies now move into a head-down position, though they are likely to keep turning for a few more weeks.
4. In some women, the pelvic joint is painful at this stage of pregnancy, due to hormonal changes.
3. At 28 weeks the average crown to heel length is 14 in (35.6 cm) and the average weight is 1.7 lb (760 g).
2. The hair on your baby's head is growing longer.
1. Eyelashes and eyebrows are growing longer and thicker.
The lungs have established a rhythmical patternMany babies now move into a head-down positionIn some women, the pelvic joint is painful at this stage of pregnancyAt 28 weeks the average crown to heel length is 14 inThe hair on your baby's head is growing longer.Eyelashes and eyebrows are growing longer and thicker.
Your baby is beginning to have regular sleep-wake cycles and her breathing, yawning, and swallowing are taking on a more definite pattern. However, your own life may seem less rhythmical. You may find things are slightly different at work and, perhaps, be seeing less of some friends because you don't always feel up to socializing. Don't become isolated, though-if nothing else, stay in touch by phone and email.

You are 27 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant

Your baby todayOn a scan the space between the frontal bones of the forehead appears as a dark line on the soft spot at the top of your baby's head. This is not a line on the skin: instead where there is no underlying bone, more of the ultrasound beam passes through rather than being reflected. read more

You are 27 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayYour baby may be looking happy today. Babies smile and grimace, wrinkle their foreheads, and stick their tongues out. Many of these behaviors are only becoming more apparent now as 3D ultrasound has provided a unique opportunity for their study. read more

You are 27 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayThis baby is at the end of a yawn. Your baby is yawning in a more coordinated way now with one yawn often following another. It may look as if this image shows the fingertips in the bottom right but in fact it is a foot, nearly brought up to the mouth. read more

You are 27 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayThis baby's back is turned and she's facing away from the ultrasound scanner. The skin is much less transparent than before since your baby is constantly laying down fat reserves beneath it. This fat accounts, in part, for much of your baby's weight gain from now on. read more

You are 27 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayA finger is held close to the eye in this image. The eyes are shut for most of the time but also a simple reflex action will prevent a stray finger (or toe) from touching the eye. Furthermore, the fingernails are still well away from the fingertips at this time. read more

You are 27 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayAlthough ultrasound cannot show it, there is now some hair on your baby's head and her eyelashes and eyebrows have grown. The pattern and color of hair growth has a significant impact on the overall look of your baby but this is not apparent on a scan. read more

You are 28 Weeks Exactly Pregnant

Your baby todayThe amniotic fluid is approaching its maximum amount at this time and your baby will have plenty of space in which to move. Here the baby is down toward the level of the umbilical cord. Your baby is still likely to change position several times a day. read more