Week 28 pregnancy symptoms

You are now 28 weeks into your pregnancy and well into your final trimester!

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  • Your pregnant body

    It’s at this stage that you may experience the third trimester symptoms of varicose veins and haemorrhoids. This is also the point where you and your bump are going to get really big! Aches and pains can be relieved through various exercises, such as prenatal yoga, walking, swimming and stretching. Don’t forget a nice long soak in the tub as well!

    Anaemia is also common in this stage as your blood volume has increased, and more iron is needed to make red blood cells to carry the oxygen around your body. Symptoms to watch for would be tiredness, faintness, breathlessness and maybe even seeing spots in front of your eyes. To counteract this you could take iron tablets or eat iron rich foods such as red meat, kidney beans and spinach.

    If you are experiencing headaches in this late stage, then it could be a sign of pre-eclampsia, so make sure you see your doctor or midwife.

    Now find out what you should be doing this week…

  • What should you be doing this week?

    Moving into the third trimester can be as much of a shock as a relief. You may find that the realities of being about to become parents hit you more strongly as you start to think more about premature labour, your birthing options and how to incorporate a new baby into your life - whether it’s your first, second or later!

    If you’ve been putting it off then now’s the time to think about making room in your house for your new arrival. Are you decorating a room specially for your baby?

    Remember, that for the first few weeks you may want him sleeping in a cot or crib in your room. It may seem a bit early still, but you’ll soon be feeling more tired and cumbersome and the last thing you’ll want to be doing towards the end of your pregnancy is trailing round the shops in a panic.

    Learn more about how your baby's developing with 28 weeks pregnant in pictures and check out our week by week pregnancy guide.

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