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Your Pregnancy at Week 28

This week, your baby is as big as a eggplant.

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The following information was reviewed by Dr. Chor, Michael

At A Glance


Five senses

The five senses of vision, smell, hearing, touch, and taste are in development. They're getting ready to experience the world!

Baby's Development at 28 Weeks


Baby is in place

Your baby is adjusting to the birth position: head down, towards the nearest exit! Your baby is also busy practicing blinking to help keep foreign objects out of the eyes. In addition to this, your baby will practice more coughing, more intense sucking movements, burping, and perhaps most importantly, breathing.

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Your Pregnancy Symptoms at Week 28

Sciatica (tingling pain in the leg)

According to statistics, about 20% of pregnant women experience tingling or burning sensations in their legs in the later stages of pregnancy. When the baby settles into the birth position, the baby's head and growing uterus may rest on the sciatic nerve in the lower part of your spine. At this time, pregnant women may experience severe pain or numbness starting in the buttocks and extending to the back of the legs - also known as sciatica. Sciatica can be very severe at times and may even last until delivery. Heating pads, warm baths, stretching exercises, or simply bed rest are recommended to help relieve discomfort.

Skin becomes sensitive

During pregnancy, the skin is often most sensitive on the abdomen due to the stretching of the growing fetus. Other potentially sensitive areas include the buttocks and thighs. Hormones can make you more sensitive to substances that would not normally affect you, such as sunlight, heat, detergents, chlorine, and even certain foods. If you have eczema, it may be a serious condition.

Pelvic pain

There may be pain and throbbing in the buttocks and groin, which can be alleviated by wearing a pregnancy support belt.


Many pregnant women begin to develop spots in the middle and late stages of pregnancy, which are known as chloasma or pregnancy spots. The main cause of melasma is hormonal changes in pregnant women, coupled with lack of rest, and anxiety. The good news is that melasma can disappear within a few months.

Bleeding teeth

During pregnancy, pregnancy hormone changes can make your gums more likely to have an allergic reaction to the toxins secreted by the bacteria in the dental plaque, making the gums of pregnant women red, swollen, and prone to bleeding, forming "pregnancy gingivitis".

Advice from OT&P Obstetricians

At the 28th week of pregnancy, the baby gradually develops. According to the individual situation of the pregnant woman, the following examinations may be considered:

  • A Rh factor blood test is used to determine if a protein, found in red blood cells, is present. Problems can arise if a pregnant woman has a negative result and the baby is positive. In the case of an Rh factor incompatibility, the pregnant woman's immune system may view the baby's blood cells as foreign and produce a large number of antibodies to attack them. If a pregnant woman is Rh negative and the baby is Rh positive, the pregnant woman will need to receive a shot of a vaccine similar to Rh immunoglobulin, called RhoGAM, this week to prevent the production of antibodies.
  • An oral glucose tolerance test is used to test for gestational diabetes. In the test, if the fasting blood sugar level of the pregnant woman is more than 5.1 mmol/L, the 1-hour blood sugar level is more than 10 mmol/L, or the 2-hour blood sugar level is more than 8.5 mmol/L, it will be diagnosed as gestational diabetes.

Tips for 28 Weeks Pregnant

  • Reduce caffeine intake
  • Massage your calves more
  • Watch out for breast changes
  • Don't forget to get enough iron

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