The big news this week is that your baby will now be able to open their eyes which have been sealed closed for a number of weeks. The average weight of a baby at about week 28 is just over a kilo. Your baby probably measures a little over 33 centimetres from head to toe (when stretched out.) Your doctor will be able to track your baby’s growth during checkups by gently pressing on your belly to feel where the top of your uterus is. This measurement is known as fundal height.
Your uterus has grown quite large. Normally it weighs about 70 grams and holds less than 30 grams of fluid; now it’s expanded to house your baby, the placenta, and an entire litre of amniotic fluid. As your uterus expands you may experience side effects such as back pain, swelling in your feet and ankles, heartburn, haemorrhoids and itchy skin. Many of these symptoms will go away as soon as the uterus starts shrinking after delivery.
You may already have an obstetrician, but you might also want to find a good paediatrician for after your baby is born. Listen to recommendations and do some research to find a practitioner you trust and are comfortable with.
You may find yourself rushing off to the bathroom every five minutes. Sometimes it’s because you need to go but it can also be because your baby is sitting in the wrong spot. Try changing positions and see if that helps.