28 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition
At a glance
By the seventh month of pregnancy, all five of your baby’s senses are fully developed
A tightening back or hardening in the stomach may be a Braxton Hicks ‘practice’ contraction
Avoid carrying anything heavy, and take many small breaks during the day
Eat diverse, aromatic foods that your baby can also taste in the amniotic fluid
Baby's development at 28 weeks
Your baby is almost ready to breathe outside air! But for now, it still takes in amniotic fluid that completely fills the lungs and alveoli. Baby’s skin is starting to look less wrinkled because fat is starting to be deposited underneath it. Everything your little one needs to self-regulate its internal body temperature is now in place too. This will allow baby to adjust to the temperature outside your tummy when the big day finally comes.
Have you felt a tightening in your back or a hardening of the stomach? They might be Braxton Hicks contractions. Not to worry, it just means your uterus is practising for birth.
However, increased Braxton Hicks contractions can mean that you’re doing too much. So make sure you don’t carry anything heavy and take lots of small breaks during the day. If the contractions don’t stop or continue to get stronger, consult your GP (even if it’s only for reassurance).
Everything you eat is preparing your little one for food outside of your womb. Aromatic molecules in your food are carried to the baby via the amniotic fluid, along with your pleasure hormones. After birth, baby will remember these flavours. So, if you keep eating a diverse diet while you’re breastfeeding, your milk will be flavoured too. Plus, breast milk cleverly provides the right type of protein at the right time to help your little one develop and grow.
All the different foods you eat help baby’s sense of taste to mature and grow. By the seventh month of your pregnancy, all of baby’s five senses will be fully developed.
Many women worry that their babies will be born earlier than expected, though most babies make it right through to full term.
As mentioned in week 27, your little one’s respiratory system is still developing. If baby wanted to make an appearance now, don’t worry, it may be able to breathe on its own. And the lungs will continue to develop, as blood vessels form and the bronchial tubes start to branch out. The most important thing is for you not to stress about it. Or anything else for that matter!