Breastfeeding is the best for babies and a healthy diet / maternal nutrition is important when breastfeeding. A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse. Infant formula is suitable from birth when babies are not breastfed. It is recommended that all formula milks be used on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian, pharmacist, or other professional responsible for maternal and child care and the financial implications should be considered. All preparation and feeding instructions should be followed carefully as inappropriate preparation could lead to health hazards.

28 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby’s development

At around 38cm long and 2lb 3oz in weight, your baby can now 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 moms-to-be can suffer from gestational diabetes, causing high levels of blood sugar. Your doctor will screen you regularly for sugar in your urine, but if you’re at higher risk you’ll 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 and regular exercise. 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 prevent the problems that can cause anaemia, jaundice, liver and heart failure in babies in subsequent pregnancies.

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