28 Weeks Pregnant - what to expect
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!
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
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
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
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?
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…
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 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.
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.
Not sure about these? Take a look at our Baby Names section for lots more suggestions.