28 weeks pregnant – I can hear my baby’s heartbeat

28 weeks pregnant
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I had my doctor’s appointment today. My blood pressure and urine are fine and the baby has now settled head down, which is great. It does feel like Boxer hasn’t got any room left in my belly anymore as he’s not kicking as much as he used to – he is moving around a bit though. 

28 weeks pregnant

Hubby and I can hear Boxer’s heartbeat clearly through a heart monitor that we bought, called the Summer Deluxe Prenatal Heart Listening System which is amazing! We decided to test the baby’s temperament by playing some classical music and, sure enough, our little boy’s heartbeat started to speed up. When hubby spoke, Boxer’s heartbeat was quite fast, but when I spoke, his heartbeat started to slow down. I was brimming with pride! My little baby was comforted by the sound of my voice!

Completion on the flat didn’t happen as we thought – and hubby was not amused! It turns out the financial advisor hasn’t heard back from the bank regarding the mortgage and that is what is holding everything up right now. The seller’s solicitors are threatening to slap on a £100 late notice charge, but it’s not our fault. The bank is the one that is taking ages and the financial advisor has only just sent the application two days ago, even though hubby sent all the required information for the application to him a week before! They’re now giving us until 7 October to complete.

I can’t believe I’m in my third trimester! Time is flying! All my dreams are about the baby now, and I think that’s because nature is preparing me for after birth because I dream about breastfeeding and tending to Boxer. I’ve started to think about the nursery as well, but I can’t do anything about that at the moment because I don’t know whether we’re moving out or not, which is really frustrating. 

A fun fact – The baby is the size of a Chinese cabbage

The science part

28 weeks pregnant - the science part

Your baby at 28 weeks

  • Your baby’s skin is smoothing out nicely
  • Fat is being deposited under the baby’s skin
  • Your baby now has their own temperature gauge which will help them to adjust their temperature in the outside world
  • All your baby’s five senses are now developed so it’s the perfect time to start maturing their taste buds.
  • Eat a range of good foods and your baby will remember the taste and even the pleasure of eating them after birth. They may even end up to be less fussy eaters!

Your pregnancy signs and symptoms

  • You might start to feel tightening in your back or tummy – these may be Braxton Hicks contractions, which means your uterus is practising contractions for birth
  • You can trigger Braxton Hicks contractions by overdoing it so take them as a sign to take it easy
  • You may start to worry about premature birth, but try not to worry. Most babies make it to full term and even beyond. And if they did appera now, they’d be able to survive in the outside world with medical help

Your next steps

  • Keep an eye on your baby’s movements and contact your midwife/GP if you think you’re not feeling as many kicks than before.
  • Have you started your nesting period yet? Use this chance to de-clutter the house but don’t overdo it!
  • Are you having trouble sleeping? Prop your head up with a pillow and place a maternity pillow between your legs to support your bump

Note:  These are just general ideas of how you and your baby are getting on. Don’t forget that every baby develops differently. If you are concerned about your baby’s development, please consult your doctor or midwife.

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Leyla Preston (590 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 7. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/