Congratulations on reaching the 28th week of your pregnancy! You’ve now entered the third and final trimester. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate this week.

As you progress, you might begin to feel more tired and uncomfortable. Due to your growing baby and hormonal changes, you might experience heartburn and indigestion.

Your baby is now approximately 37.6cm long from head to heel, roughly the size of an aubergine. The baby’s heart rate has slowed down to around 140 bpm, which is still faster than an adult’s heart rate.

The extra weight can put a strain on your back. Additionally, your joints and ligaments might feel looser than usual.

You might notice some swelling in your ankles, feet, and face, especially during hot weather. This could be due to water retention. However, if you’re concerned, it’s essential to check with a healthcare professional to rule out conditions like pre-eclampsia, which can cause a sudden rise in blood pressure.

Familiarise yourself with your maternity rights and consider a workplace risk assessment.

Aim to eat healthily. You might need an extra 200 calories a day, equivalent to two slices of wholemeal toast with margarine.

During the night, you may experience leg cramps. Stay hydrated and stretch your legs before bed. Dizziness can be caused by changes in your blood pressure. To prevent dizziness, stand up slowly from a sitting or lying position.

You and your baby both benefit from frequent consultations with your midwife or obstetrician. Most of these sessions consist of urine screenings, monitoring of blood pressure, and sometimes ultrasound scans to ensure that all is well.

We have reached the end of week 28. You can get support from your healthcare provider if you feel anxious or low. Do not hesitate to talk to your partner, family, or friends about your concerns. It’s important to remember that each pregnancy is unique, so talk to your healthcare provider for personalised advice.