Your baby’s development - week 28

 Week 28 mums in kitchen looking at eachother

At 28 weeks pregnant your baby is around 38cm long, 2lb 3oz in weight, can look round and open and close their eyes. Their other senses are now almost complete – they can taste, touch and recognise your voice without difficulty.

As your baby grows, there’s less and less space to roll around in, but they’ll still kick for all they’re worth! In search of a comfortable position, they’ll start to pull their arms and legs up towards their chest in the classic foetal position.


You & your body

Some mums-to-be can suffer from gestational diabetes, causing high levels of blood sugar. Your midwife will screen you regularly for glucose in your urine, but if you’re at higher risk you’ll also be given a screening test around 28 weeks. If you do develop diabetes during pregnancy, you can control the symptoms with a combination of healthy eating, regular exercise and medication. You may also be given medication to take.

If you’re RhD-negative you’ll be given an anti-D injection at 28 weeks. This helps to avoid any problems with this baby and future pregnancies.

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Did you know?

It’s a good idea to eat oily fish such as mackerel and sardines during pregnancy to get a healthy intake of omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to be important for your baby’s brain development. You shouldn’t eat more than two portions a week though, because pollutants from the sea can build up in the fish and aren’t safe in larger amounts. Find out more about nutrition during pregnancy.

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