What's happening in week 28
Week 28 and your baby is continuing to put on weight, wriggle around, and enjoy snoozing!
At a glance
- Your baby's little heart is beating strongly
- Talk to your mummy pals to help make informed choices for the birth
- Pack spare batteries or a charger for your camera in your hospital bag
How big is my baby at 28 weeks?
Your baby weighs around 2.5lbs now, is around 38cm long and is perfectly formed.
Its little heartbeat is so strong that your partner might be able to hear it if they put their ear on your bump! Baby's heart beat can also be picked up by a doctor's stethoscope now, and not just the Doppler which your midwife uses to listen with at your antenatal appointments.
Your baby can now blink their eyes, and their eyesight has developed to the point where they will be able to see your face when breastfeeding!
Their brains is also continuing its development ready for the outside world and the thalamocortical complex begins to be active. This is the part of the brain thought to be responsible for consciousness and is an important part of the brains development!
Your baby is continuing to pad out, and is gaining weight quickly, and although they look like a perfect little baby already, they will put on quite a few more pounds before birth.
You at 28 weeks pregnant
You are no doubt thinking more and more about your baby's birth now – maybe even having dreams about it! It is entirely normal to have fears and worries about how you'll cope in labour, but all your friends who are already mums will be able to reassure you that you just WILL! Chatting to your pals who already have a baby could be really useful in these last months and help you make informed choices about the kind of birth you hope to have.
Your midwife will also be happy to talk to you about all your options, so make the most of your antenatal appointments to get as much information as you can about what your hospital offers on their maternity unit, and what you would need to source yourself should you wish to use it (such as a birthing ball, or a TENS unit) during labour.
What to think about in week 28
Have you thought about how you might record your labour and birth? Will you want your birth partner to take any photos, or even video your baby's arrival? Have you got your camera and spare batteries listed on your hospital bag packing list? Don't rely on your phone camera for those first images – it might run out of charge or the quality might be too poor to turn into lovely printable photos.
Ask your first visitors to take lots of snaps too – you might be too wrapped up gazing adoringly at your perfect little bundle in those first precious hours to remember to photograph them!
Your maternity leave is not too far off now and you may be counting the weeks left at work now but what rights do dads have? If you haven’t thought about it yet, it might be a good time to start.
Nowadays dads are not left out, just like mums, dads are beginning to have more rights that they are entitled to in the workplace when they have a new baby.
Unlike mums however, dads do not have the right to paid time off before their baby is born, (such as for antenatal appointments). But, if they have been with their current employer continuously for at least 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before your baby is due, they are entitled to paternity leave.
There are two types of leave for dads - 1 or 2 weeks paid Ordinary Paternity Leave or if mum decides to return to work earlier, dads can claim up to 26 weeks’ paid Additional Paternity Leave to stay home with their baby.
By now you may well have the big essentials for your baby’s nursery, have a colour scheme in mind, the cot booked to arrive any day, so it might be time to have a little fun browsing those finishing touches that will bring the whole room together.
A good and a very practical item help to buy your baby, a cot mobile.
Cot mobiles can help calm your baby when in their cot or crib. Plus, they double up as a great source of entertaining stimulation for your baby while they are lying in the cot having something to watch and move.
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