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28 Weeks Pregnant

By week 28, your baby’s lungs are reaching maturity.

They may not have developed enough surfactant, which prevents complete collapse of the lungs between each breath, however there is a good chance that your baby could breathe if born now.

This week marks the start of your third trimester of pregnancy, the last weeks before your baby is born. At this point, your baby will have normal sleep and wake cycles, will be able to open and close the eyes, and can even suck his or her thumb. The head is continuing to grow to accommodate the brain, and hearing has developed to the point the baby can hear a variety of sounds and even recognise voices.

Expert advice

Staying healthy during your pregnancy is important for you and your baby. Pilates is a great way to maintain strength in your core back and stomach muscles, which are needed to support your growing bump. As your abdominal muscles stretch to allow room for your growing baby, your posture can change, leading to more pressure on your spine and core muscles. eumom’s physiotherapy expert Aoibhin McGreal offers advice for moms-to-be, as well as tips for five pilates exercises to do during pregnancy. 

Healthy eating in pregnancy

At 28 weeks pregnant, as your baby puts on weight rapidly during this time, you might find yourself hungrier than usual. Try to eat healthy calories, like complex carbohydrates that will sustain you for longer as well as lots of fruit and veg. Avoid the ’empty’ ones of cakes and chocolate. However, if you really need a chocolate fix, try eating a few squares of a good quality dark chocolate (70%) – a little will go a long way. Snacking on dried fruits such as apricots and raisins may also help satisfy a sweet craving.  These healthy snacks will not cause a sugar surge in your baby’s blood and can help to reduce their long-term risk of developing obesity or diabetes during the First 1,000 Days.

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