What to expect at 28 weeks pregnant

Dr Christine Catling

Dr Christine Catling

Dr Christine Catling, a midwife for over 25 years, is the Director of Midwifery Studies at UTS. She believes research, innovation and good quality midwifery are pivotal to the well-being of mothers and young families. Christine has extensive experience in antenatal education, policy development and research, and has published on workforce issues, homebirth, vaginal birth...
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 · 2 mins read
What to expect at 28 weeks pregnant


Your baby

Baby is continuing to plump up with that fat and muscle filling out and weighs in at around 1kg now. While the external genitals for both boys and girls are both well established by now they are still developing and still have some way to go before they’re complete.Eyesight is also developing, with baby able to blink its eyes and sense light that filters into the womb. If you shine a light on your stomach you will might even feel baby move in response.

How you’re feeling

Welcome to the third trimester mama! You’re on the home stretch – or at the business end if you will. You and your baby have come so far but you do still have a little way to go yet. You’re probably going to start feeling pretty tired now, your bump is fairly sizeable and with that may or may not come back pain, pelvic pain, heartburn and acid reflux, constipation, hemorrhoids, your centre of gravity might feel off and your boobs might start to leak colostrum (which will be what baby will feed on for the first few days of its life while your milk comes in).

Weekly tip

If you haven’t achieved everything you wanted to achieve by now, don’t panic! There is still plenty of time before baby arrives to get everything done – but if you are worried, sit down and make a list and work out an achievable timeline that won’t leave you exhausted. You need to look after yourself now and get plenty of rest, so if you are feeling overwhelmed by everything you need to do, first ask yourself what is truly essential and ask yourself if there is anything that can wait until after baby is born – or that be ditched altogether? Then secondly, enlist help! Grab your partner, your besties, parents and family to help you get things done – the old saying ‘it takes a village’ has never been more true than in parenting.

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