28 Weeks Pregnant: My Story
I have crossed into LAP 3!
In Mario Kart racing, there are 3 laps you have to circle before the race is officially over and winners are placed.
When it’s a nose-to-nose race, you feel this surge of intensity and adrenaline rushing through your veins the very moment you cross into Lap 3/3. The music speeds up… the racers use whatever items they’ve been saving… it’s a vulturous dash for the speed coins…
Hitting my third trimester at 28 weeks pregnant, I feel like I’ve steered my favorite guy- Toad- into that final, exhilarating round.
I need a star.
I need a red shell.
Scratch that. I need a blue shell.
I need a quick zip to the finish line!
With the weight I’m packing, I guarantee I’m not leading the race with Yoshi.
I’m trailing in the back with the bullies – ‘ol Donkey Kong and Bowser – who keep knocking into me and robbing me of my coins.
But you know what? Screw ‘em. I’ll get there! I am on lap 3/3, the third trimester, and the finish line is in sight at last!
Except instead of a trophy and an animated victory dance, I get a baby!
Take that, Bowser!
Some Good News for the 28 Weeks Pregnant Mark:
• Baby appointments will now be every 2 weeks instead of once a month! You know you’re getting close when the midwives want to see more of you!
• My glucose blood test came back… and my blood sugar is low! No gestational diabetes! YAY! I was concerned about this one due to my extreme amounts of fruit-eating and weight-gaining. Scott & I celebrated this news immediately after the appointment… with ice cream, of course.
Some Not-So-Good News for the 28 Weeks Pregnant Mark:
• I am absolutely exhausted. I just want to take a 3-month nap and be woken up when it’s time to give birth.
• My blood test came back with low iron. It explains my pathetic energy levels. Low may be good for blood sugar, but not so much for iron. This came as a surprise to me considering all the steak I’ve been devouring so savagely!
After researching different brands on the market, I decided to go with a supplement that was recommended to me by a woman who had such severe anemia throughout her own pregnancy that she eventually had to get a blood transfusion.
She had tried many things, but nothing seemed to get her iron up until she discovered a supplement made out of pure liquid beef liver. Mmm!! Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?
Of course, it’s encapsulated and tasteless, so whatever keeps me and my baby healthy is what I’ll take on the daily!
Third Trimester Pregnancy Signs – Symptoms at 28 Weeks Pregnant
Here are some common symptoms of pregnancy that women may experience at 28 weeks pregnant. I did not contrive this list based on personal experience because I want it to be a reference that anyone can use. There is no black and white “schedule” for fetal growth. Every pregnancy progresses differently, so like me, you may or may not have experienced some of these symptoms at this stage in your pregnancy. The list is based on research and is only a general guideline. If you have questions or concerns about your symptoms at 28 weeks pregnant, I encourage you to talk to your health care provider.
- Fetal Movement – Baby is moving so regularly by now that your health care provider will probably recommend ‘counting kicks’ to ensure a normal pattern.
- Weight Gain – Some major growth spurts are happening inside that tummy of yours… and they are more than apparent from the outside!
- Leg Cramps – Magnesium citrate can help relieve those painful muscle spasms that attack your legs at night.
- Anemia – Iron deficiencies are quite common during pregnancy (it all goes straight to baby). Find a quality iron supplement to keep yourself and your baby in the best health possible.
- Gestational Diabetes – Pregnancy-induced diabetes is diagnosed in a handful of women. Don’t let it stress you out… it will resolve itself after the birth of your baby. In the meantime, talk to your healthcare provider about a specialized diet for your condition.
Facts About Week 28 of Pregnancy – Pregnancy Baby Growth
- At 28 weeks pregnant, baby is about 2.5 lbs!
- Baby is starting to position himself for birth… although he may keep repositioning in the upcoming months.
- Baby’s eyes are starting to show some color, although it won’t be the permanent hue she has for life.
- Baby looks something like this: