Belly Diaries – Week 28

Your pregnancy: 28 weeks

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How your baby’s growing:

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

See what your baby looks like this week. (Or see what fraternal twins look like in the womb this week.)

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby’s development.

How your life’s changing:

You’re in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you’re like most women, you’ll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.

At this point, you’ll likely visit your doctor or midwife every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks, you’ll switch to weekly visits. Depending on your risk factors, your practitioner may recommend repeating blood tests for HIV and syphilis now, as well as doing cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea, to be certain of your status before delivery. Also, if your glucose screening test result was high and you haven’t yet had follow-up testing, you’ll soon be given the 3-hour glucose tolerance test. And if the blood work done at your first prenatal visit showed that you’re Rh negative, you’ll get an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby’s blood. (If your baby is Rh positive, you’ll receive another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after you give birth.)

Around this time, some women feel an unpleasant “creepy-crawly” sensation in their lower legs and an irresistible urge to move them while trying to relax or sleep. If this sensation is at least temporarily relieved when you move, you may have what’s known as restless legs syndrome (RLS). No one knows for sure what causes RLS, but it’s relatively common among expectant mothers. Try stretching or massaging your legs, and cut down on caffeine, which can make the symptoms worse. Ask your caregiver if you should try iron supplements, which can sometimes relieve RLS.

Card of the Day:

Ok, so I am counting 6 envelopes to be the same as one card. Trying to finish up some of these projects I have laying around. This is a set of 6 cards, two of each style.

Black and White Flowers (set of 6)

Black and White Flowers (set of 6)


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. wifemomwoman
    Aug 03, 2009 @ 07:55:59

    Shannon L
    How exciting! This is a beautiful site!
    Fri at 7:25pm

    Colleen Oh
    I will hold you accountable….I will ask daily to make sure you have one done a day. 🙂
    Fri at 7:30pm

    Shannon L
    Fri at 7:36pm

    awe thanks shannon! i mostly started it as a way to keep my out of town family updated on our family but i enjoy finding things to share:)

    colleen – you better! i’m counting on you:) remember that cardset is from may?! just now making the envelopes for it.
    Fri at 7:40pm

    Ronni C
    i love the cards!
    Fri at 7:58pm

    Colleen Oh
    I remember them…knew they were familiar!! Cool though!
    Fri at 9:50pm


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