Pregnancy Calendar Week 27

YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK: WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WEEK 27

Your little one started out as a tiny cluster of cells, but, my, how your baby has grown. She’s now about 15 inches from head to toe and she weighs around 2.5-3 pounds. Lots of brain activity, dreaming and opening of her eyes are all on your baby’s to-do list this week. Congratulations are in your order for youyou’ve made it to the end of your second trimester! This week is a time to celebrate, even with the aches, pains and annoyances of pregnancy carrying on.

Your Body

At 27 weeks pregnant, be ready for early contractions that are like a dress rehearsal for the big show soon. And, you may be feeling extra bloated, which means you’re coping with the embarrassing excess gassiness that comes with it.

Braxton Hicks Contractions

With delivery getting closer, your uterus is practicing for show time during labor with warm-up contractions called Braxton Hicks.Caused by hormones that are working to slowly get your body ready for childbirth, Braxton Hicks contractions are felt in your lower abdomen and groin area. When they first come on, they’re usually weak and can come and go unpredictably. As you get closer to your due date, these contractions become stronger and more frequent.As you experience Braxton Hicks contractions, think of them as a good way to practice your breathing and mentally prepare yourself for the real thing. If you’re experiencing a particularly painful contraction, try:

  • Changing your position or activity. If you’re sitting, stand up. If you’ve been standing for a while, take a rest.
  • Taking a walk.
  • Drinking 1 or 2 glasses of water since dehydration can sometimes cause these contractions.
  • Taking a warm bath.
  • Deep breathing or relaxation techniques to help relieve pain.

If your contractions are fairly frequent (four or more within an hour) or quite painful, or if you see unusual vaginal discharge, contact your doctor. This could mean that you’re in preterm labor.

Flatulence

Pregnancy is filled with things to fret about. And now your ever-growing belly is probably causing you concern over yet one more thing: increased flatulence.By now, you know that your digestion isn’t as speedy as it used to be. Hormones have been hampering digestion and, as your uterus crowds your intestines more every day, this slows it down even more. A slow-moving digestive tract gives gas more time to get produced. And your body reacts by removing it through more farts (and burps, too).If you’re dealing with frequent and embarrassing episodes of flatulence, try reducing them with these tips:

  • Avoid foods that cause flatulence like fried, fatty, greasy foods along with beans, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.
  • Eat smaller, frequent meals.
  • Slow down when you eat so you don’t swallow excess air.
  • Drink plenty of water to prevent constipation, which can increase gas.
  • Exercise regularly to help stimulate digestion.
  • Don’t drink carbonated beverages; opt for ice water instead.

Your Baby

In the 27th week of pregnancy, your baby’s peepers are taking peeks inside your womb and she’s spending more of her time in a dream state.

Your baby is opening her eyes.Your baby’s eyes have come so far and now, with her retinas more fully developed and her eyelids and eyelashes in place, she’s starting to open them, too! Although the view from inside your uterus may have its limits, your baby is opening her eyes from time to time to check it all out. Her eyes are quite sensitive to light at this point, so you may feel her kick more if there’s bright light that shines on your belly. During one of your third trimester ultrasounds, you just might catch her blinking, getting this important reflex ready for life on the outside.

Your baby is dreaming more now.Your baby’s brain activity is fast and furious, which is why she’s likely dreaming more these days. Just as we do when we dream during sleep, your baby is experiencing rapid eye moment (REM), the cycle in which most dreaming takes place. During her REM sleep, your little one’s eyes move back and forth rapidly and researchers speculate that your baby is probably dreaming about what she knows—everything she’s feeling, seeing and sensing inside your womb. So, help her have sweet dreams by playing soothing music and talking to her regularly with a calm and loving voice.

Diet and Exercise Tips You Should Follow

To keep you and your baby healthy, follow these tips in week 27:

Eat protein to enhance baby’s brain development. Adequate protein intake now will aid your baby’s rapidly growing brain and helps maintain your blood volume. Lean red meat is a good source of protein and iron. At date night this week, order a lean steak (sirloin or filet) with a side of broccoli.

Dancing during pregnancy is good for you and your baby. Your baby is moving a lot now, developing limb strength. You should move, too, to help raise an active, healthy baby. Dance your way through your housework. Turn up the music and get your blood flowing. But, be sure to avoid jumping, leaping, or twirling quickly.

Things You Should Do

  • It’s important to reduce stress for optimal eye and brain development in your baby. Relax. Take more naps if you need to. This may be a good time cancel a social event and get some extra sleep instead, especially if you’ve been having bouts of insomnia. Your friends will understand.
  • Buy or borrow the basic baby gear, supplies and clothes you’ll need for the first few months after baby is born.
  • Conduct a home safety check and take care of any baby proofing around the house that may be needed.

Words You Should Know

Cord Accident:

Any problem with the umbilical cord that causes distress to the baby or death. Potential complications include the cord wrapping tightly around the baby’s neck or a failure of the cord because of a medical issue, which cuts off the baby’s blood and oxygen supply.

Effacement:

Gradual thinning, softening and shortening of the cervix in preparation for delivery.

Estimated Date of Delivery (EDD):

The approximate date your baby will be born based on the timing of your last period. The EDD is calculated based on the average of 40 weeks of pregnancy.

Fetal Heart Tones:

An unborn baby’s heartbeat. The normal rate is between 120-160 beats per minute.

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