Pregnancy is split into 3 parts (called trimesters), and at 28 weeks pregnant, you’ve officially entered the third trimester. This means that over the next few weeks, your bump will continue to grow, and you might be figuring out how to prepare for your delivery and, of course, your baby. While your birthing bag probably isn’t by the front door yet, your due date may be at the forefront of your mind.
At this point, a mix of excitement, nerves, and a strong urge to start nesting might be kicking in. This is totally normal. If you’re curious about what’s going on with your baby and your body at 28 weeks pregnant, here are some of the things to keep in mind.
Your baby at 28 weeks pregnant
Baby can smell
At 28 weeks, your baby is pretty well developed. During the third trimester, your baby will continue growing in size and weight, and they may even start to move into position with their head down, ready for birth. During the third trimester, their organs (like the brain, kidneys, and lungs) will continue to mature, and they even start to experience rapid eye movement sleep, just like us.
While your baby’s major organs continue to develop, their senses are also refining. For example, did you know that your baby can smell long before they’re born? While their nostrils started to form during the first trimester and their scent receptors developed during the second, your baby will start to get used to smell while they’re in the uterus. Pretty cool, huh?
Baby can cry
There’s no real way to prepare yourself for hearing your baby cry for the first time. You might think that they let out their first wail shortly after labor. However, your baby develops the ability to cry and make faces when you’re around 28 weeks pregnant. It’s thought that babies cry when they’re in the uterus for similar reasons to after they’ve been born — like if they hear a loud noise or are bothered by something. Just as you might be starting to prepare for their arrival, they’re constantly preparing for life in the outside world.
How big is a baby at 28 weeks?
Length (crown to heel): 37.9 cm or 14.9 in.
Weight: 1.2 kg or 2.7 lb.
Size: Equivalent to a coconut
All measurements are approximate and vary within the normal range.