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28th Week of Pregnancy

Embryo Development

Pack Some Power Into Your Snack

Baby's Growth and Development at 28 Weeks Pregnant

During the 28th week of pregnancy, your baby wants to see what’s going on in their environment.

  • Your baby is about 25.4 cm long — roughly the length of an average zucchini. Your baby weighs about 900 g.
  • Your baby’s brain develops and expands.
  • Your baby may open their eyes in utero.
  • More fat accumulates under your baby’s skin.
  • Your baby continues to take 20- to 30-minute naps with some routine.

Your Changing Body at 28 Weeks Pregnant

A pregnant lady rubbing stomach cream on her stomach

At 28 weeks pregnant (and throughout this month of your pregnancy), your weight should go up and your skin probably will keep changing.

  • Stretch marks: As your skin expands during pregnancy, stretch marks can appear on your skin. These red, pink, or purplish streaks may appear on your stomach, breasts, arms, hips, thighs, or rear. Stretch marks are not a sign that you're gaining too much weight — they can appear on the slimmest of pregnant women! You could try a cream specifically made for stretch marks.
  • Thank the family tree. Whether you get stretch marks has more to do with heredity than any other factor. After you deliver, your stretch marks will probably fade to light pink or white, but may not completely disappear.

Wellness and Nutrition at 28 Weeks Pregnant

A pregnant lady sitting and stretching

Congratulations! At 28 weeks pregnant, you’ve completed the second trimester of your pregnancy. Here’s how you can take care of yourself — and your body.

  • Easy does it. Make safety your top priority when you exercise by following these tips:
    • Stretch and warm up for at least five minutes before starting to exercise.
    • Start your activity at an easy, slow pace. Gingerly increase your speed and repetitions to a level that’s comfortable for you.
    • Drink lots of water.
    • Work out on a flat, firm surface.
    • Rise slowly after doing floor exercises.
    • Cool down for 5 to 10 minutes.
    • Wear supportive shoes and a supportive bra.
  • Pack some power into your snack. For variety, try these nutrient and energy-rich snack options:
    • Fresh veggies
    • Hummus with fresh veggies
    • Low-fat cheese and fruit
    • Low-fat cottage cheese and fruit
    • Low-fat yoghurt and fruit
    • Nuts
    • Peanut butter and apple
    • Peanut butter and celery with raisins
    • Peanut butter on whole-grain crackers or bread