What are common problems that may occur during week 28 of pregnancy?

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Common problems that may present at 28 weeks include preterm labor, vaginal bleeding and preeclampsia.

Preterm labor is the onset of regular, rhythmic uterine contractions. If the woman experiences a persistent backache, feeling of fullness or pressure in the vagina or regular contractions, she needs to seek care. There are treatments that can stop premature labor, but they are most effective when implemented early.

Vaginal bleeding may be a sign of a placental problem such as a placenta previa, low-lying placenta or placenta abruption. When vaginal bleeding begins the woman needs to contact her health care provider. Frequently an ultrasound examination will be conducted to determine the cause of the bleeding.

Pre-eclampsia is a condition of the last half of pregnancy and involved elevated blood pressure, proteinuria and edema. If left untreated pre-eclampsia can progress to eclampsia or the onset of seizures. Both conditions can have serious consequences for the mother and the fetus.

During week 28, many pregnant women have a problem called restless leg syndrome (RLS). RLS usually happens at night and feels like an agitated sensation in the legs that makes you want to get up and move around. RLS can usually be eased by decreasing caffeine consumption or taking an iron supplement. You should also be aware of different complications that may occur during the late stages of pregnancy. These complications include gestational diabetes, anemia, and preeclampsia.

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