28 Weeks Pregnant – what to expect

Now you're 28 weeks pregnant, this week is all about counting your baby kicks, choosing a baby sling, birth hypnotherapy and kale risotto!

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Watch our video to see what your baby looks like this week

Dem bones, dem bones, dem baby bones: development job nearly done here now although they’re still very soft and flexible. Your baby may also be able to recognise your voice. And stick his or her tongue out – no connection, of course!

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And here’s a 3D scan of a 28 week baby…

So what’s happening to your body this week?

You’re probably getting used to the (lovely) feeling of your baby moving in your womb – and what started out as little flutters is slowly but surely changing in something more like little kicks – and now’s the time to start counting those kicks.

Pick a time when your baby’s active (drink a cold drink!) then lie on your side and count all the times your baby moves till you reach 10.

This might take as little as 30 minutes but give yourself a couple of hours, if you need it. Do this every day, recording how long it takes. If ever you don’t get to 10 in the 2 hours or if the usual pattern of movement changes significantly, call your midwife.

Our MFMer’s 28-week bump of the week

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Are you keeping track of your bump with weekly pics? Check out other MFMers’ belfies in our 28 week bump gallery.

Did you know? Your baby’s now the length of… 2 fruitcakes

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This week, your baby measures 37.6cm from head to heel – that’s around the same as 2 fruitcakes side by side.

And is around the weight of a 1kg bag of sugar

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Your baby now weighs around 2lb 3oz (1kg)!

4 things you might need to know this week

MFMers’ tip of the week from our forum

“Growing a human is hard work! It’s amazing but painful and exhausting. All we can do is hang in there. Even with no sleep, swollen everything, aches and pains and feeling like a beach ball. We can do this!” – Hopefaith

Want to share your pregnancy with others going through the same as you? There’s a birth club for your due date – take a look

Is it safe… to eat honey?

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Don’t believe the old wives’ tale. Honey is safe in pregnancy – it’s just babies who shouldn’t have any until they’re over a year old.

But, if you love the nectar taste, you don’t want to be spreading it on too thick – honey is about 55% fructose (fruit sugar). As if we didn’t hadn’t guessed… 

Our preg recipe for week 28 – Kale risotto with parmesan

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Why kale is great for your growing baby

Ok, so it can smell a bit cabbagey when you cook it but kale scores megapoints on the ‘good for you in pregnancy’ front. Full of vitamin A, iron and calcium – which your body needs more and more as in your last trimester to strengthen your baby’s bones – a portion of kale also packs in more vitamin C than spinach.

Oh, and if you’re getting leg cramps, get the kale on: it’s high in the potassium that you’re probably a bit low in.

See the full recipe and get cooking…

Baby namer – what do you think of these Irish names?

Tallulah
Tallulah is an alternative spelling for Tallula – the name of 2 Irish saints. It means leaping water in Gaelic.
Celeb baby-name-check: Simon Le Bon named his 3rd daughter Tallulah.

Tadgh
A Gaelic name that means poet or storyteller, Tadgh is pronounced as the first syllable in tiger – without the ‘er’ ending.
Celeb baby-name-check: Una Healy named her 1st son Tadhg.

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Not sure about these? Take a look at our Baby Names section for lots more suggestions.

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