What To Expect At Week 28
This week, your baby weighs 2 1/4 pounds (about the size of a large eggplant) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of your head to your heels. The baby is able to open and close their eyes, which now sport lashes. This movement is more of a reflexive blink than a deliberate opening and closing, but it won’t be long before the baby is batting those beauties for you. At this point, it is more likely that you’re going to pay a visit to your doctor or midwife every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks, you’ll switch to weekly visits. Depending on your risk factors, your doctor may recommend repeating blood tests for HIV and syphilis now, as well as doing cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea, in order to be sure of your status before delivery. In addition, if your glucose screening test result was high and you haven’t yet had a follow-up test, you will receive a free 3-hour glucose tolerance test. And if the blood work done at your first prenatal visit showed that you’re Rh negative, you will receive an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby’s blood. Around this time, some women feel an unpleasant burning or tingling sensation in their lower legs and an irresistible urge to move them at the same time, as you are trying to relax or go to sleep. This could be because of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). No one knows for sure what causes RLS, but it’s relatively common among expectant mothers.