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Mum, it’s me!

Mummy, I’m your little rockmelon! Well, not so little anymore. I now weigh just over a kilo and I’m about 37cm in length. Did I mention I’m having lots of fun looking around in here, opening and closing my eyes? I’m even starting to focus on bright lights now, rolling my way towards them – oh and I have eyelashes! So I’m loving fluttering them around. My senses are almost complete too, and I can touch, taste and recognise your beautiful voice. Even my lungs have grown big enough so that if I was born now, I could breathe (with a little help from the hospital). I might even have a full head of hair in here – what do you think? You’ll just have to wait and see, mum!

How are you?

You may be having regular blood tests to check that your iron levels are healthy, which is exactly what’s needed at week 28. Iron requirements can be difficult to meet during pregnancy, especially because you need 50% more than usual to help healthy blood cells transport oxygen around the body. Read our list of iron-rich foods, and try including some in your diet, to make sure you’re getting enough, including lean red meats, eggs, dried fruits and spinach.

As part of your birth plan, it’s also a good time to start considering techniques like self-hypnosis. Many women use it to have a more relaxing birth, and if you start now, it can also help you to feel much calmer in the weeks leading up.

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