Only 3 months to go. You’re in 6 months of your pregnancy. Your baby has probably started to recognize your and your partner’s voices now. He mostly hears muffled sounds though. It’s a perfect time to start singing and reading to the person inside your tummy. Your baby might even start to memorize those lullabies. Keep repeating them as many times as possible.
27th Week Of Pregnancy: Changes, Symptoms, Food & Care
The little person has become slightly bigger and is roughly the size of cauliflower now. Your baby may start opening eyelids and detect lights and shadows. Your breasts will start developing as your areola starts becoming bigger and get prepared to have lucid dreams and mood swings.
What to expect this week?
- The level of discomfort in your body is going to increase.
- You will feel even more tired.
- You will receive the cute baby kicks now and then.
- Pain in the lower abdominal region will also intensify at times.
Changes in your body
You have now been pregnant for over a half year. At that time, your body has experienced a ton of modifications, and it will keep on doing as such in the time paving the way to the child’s appearance. In the same way as other women entering the third trimester, you may be physically and emotionally depleted.
As your child develops, indigestion, weight increase, backaches, and swelling increase.
Towards the end of week 27, your primary care physician may check an Rh immune globulin shot. This injection forestalls antibodies building up that could be dangerous to your child. It is just required for women whose blood doesn’t contain an antigen protein found on RBCs. Your blood type decides if you need this shot or not.
Your doctor will test you for gestational diabetes around this time. Gestational diabetes is the consequence of hormonal changes during pregnancy that meddle with insulin production as well as resistance. On the off chance that you are determined to have gestational diabetes, your doctor will decide a strategy to screen and treat your blood sugar.
Baby hits a new growth milestone
By the end of the second trimester, your baby is over 1 foot long and is about 14 and a half inches. His weight is increasing too and should measure around 2 pounds which is almost double of what it was a month ago.
Babies in this stage still like to curl and snuggle inside the uterus. This is what’s known as the fetal position.
Your baby can now taste and is possibly hiccupping
In case you eat some spicy food, your baby should possibly be able to start feeling the difference in the amniotic fluid. Taste buds are developing and keep in mind that both of you will have different mealtimes. Expect a gap of 2 hours in your mealtime and that of the baby’s.
That spicy kick might just cause him to respond by hiccupping. They may feel like baby spasms to you which are disturbing him. But do not worry because he is not stressed at all. Your baby is just getting used to the sensation of taste and the spiciness in the food.
Your baby’s lungs and nervous system continue maturing
Your baby’s nervous system and lungs continue to mature. There is a good possibility that the champion could survive outside the womb.
27 weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms
Pain in the Pelvic Bone
Your body starts preparing yourself for labor – hormones cause certain joints and ligaments to loosen during pregnancy. Under no circumstance should you lift anything heavy and avoid standing on your feet for too long. Around this time, the joint connecting the two halves of your pelvis become more flexible which further leads to the pelvic pain. This pain will be carried by you right from the First week of Pregnancy, only now it can intensify.
Around this time of pregnancy, be prepared to face difficulty in bowel movements. They may be infrequent also. The hormone called progesterone slows down your digestion and the growing uterus might put pressure on your rectum.
To try and prevent this, stay hydrated, and make sure to include fiber-rich foods in your diet. Also, you could refer to your doctor for some over-the-counter remedies to help the situation. Some good high fiber options are fruits and vegetables, whole-grain bread, cereals, etc.
Skin pigmentation changes
All through your pregnancy, your body spikes up to its production of melanin. Melanin is the pigment responsible for making the skin appear darker. Your nipples may become darker, and you may also have developed a dark long vertical line running from your belly button and downwards.
This line is called the linea nigra. Some women tend to get brownish patches on the cheeks, nose, and forehead. This is called chloasma. Try and avoid going out in the sun, or if you have to protect yourself from the harsh UV rays. These rays can further affect the appearance and make these patches darker. These changes in the skin are temporary and go away after delivery.
Whitish or clear vaginal discharge is normal and may even increase during your pregnancy. However, if it changes its color, odor, or consistency, it may be an indication of an infection, namely bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection. In case you come across anything peculiar about your vaginal discharges, make sure to call your doctor right away. He will assess your situation and give treatment right away.
Experiencing cramping, with or without diarrhea at this stage or sometime later could be an indicator of preterm labor.
Especially when you are in the third trimester, expect strange and unusual dreams to crop up. This is normal. They might sometimes also be entertaining but may cause to disrupt a good night’s sleep. Keep your blood sugar levels up by having a high protein snack just before bedtime. This helps you snooze more soundly. Peanut-Butter and cheese are some good options to snack on.
27 Weeks Pregnant: Things to Consider
- Is your exercise routine going well?
Regular fitness activities are a must at this stage. A great way to get moving is to consider making swimming a part of regular fitness activities, especially around this time, i.e. 27 weeks when your belly is continuing to grow.
Swimming is a great option for cardio workout and is much liberal on your joints than any other form of exercise and this will help alleviate any aches and pains that may crop up.
Also, if this is during the summer months, swimming will help you cool yourself down especially when you’re feeling uncomfortable. Exercises before pregnancy also Prepare body for Pregnancy.
- Rh Immune Globulin
If previous preliminary tests showed that you are an Rh-negative, your doctor may give you an Rh Immune Globulin shot any time between weeks 24 to 28 in case your baby is positive. This will hinder your baby from producing antibodies to any of his/her blood cells that, might have crept into your circulation. Your baby will be tested after delivery.
If the test fairs to be positive, another shot of Rh immune Globulin will be given to you to protect you in your future pregnancies.
- Your baby’s cord blood
It is a good time now to let your doctor know if you would like to collect and store your baby’s cord blood. This is collected from the umbilical cord and the placenta after birth and contains stem cells which are crucial in fighting certain diseases. You may also be eligible to make a donation in a public cord blood bank. In this case, your baby’s cord blood will be made available to be used by anyone else who might be considered a match.
This is almost similar to a blood bank. On the other hand, you could also opt to store your baby’s cord blood in a private bank which is usually chargeable for collection and storage. Do note that your baby’s cord blood will be unlikely to help treat any diseases or conditions that your baby or your immediate family may face.
Your doctor will possibly be able to help you out with cord blood banking and the different options that may be available to you.
When to call the doctor?
The frequency of you visiting your doctor will increase as the appointments needed will rise towards the end of the third trimester. Your appointments are spaced out at 4 – 5 weeks apart at week 27 though.
Immediately call your doctor if you come across any of the following symptoms in week 27:
- Breathing disorder and difficulty in breathing
- Too much swelling in the ankles, fingers, and face (a possible sign of preeclampsia)
- Fetal Movement Decreased
- Excruciating pain in the abdomen or pelvis
- Sudden change in vaginal discharge and vaginal bleeding
Here are Some Frequently Asked Questions in the 27th Week of Pregnancy
When preparations can I make?
It’s fairly a good time to think where you’d like to give birth! You could start exploring wards, hospitals, and nursing homes and choose what best suits you.
Go and take a trip to the hospital and try to go and survey the rooms or wards so that it isn’t completely unfamiliar to you when you walk in to give the baby.
How can I involve my older child/children in the process?
The subject of having your older child involved in the process of pregnancy is subject to their age. For little ones, it will be difficult to explain to them whatever is happening and why all of it is happening to your body. They will have an umpteenth number of questions about your physical transformations and your belly continuously growing.
It is advisable to wait until the older child asks about it. For older school-going kids, its ideal to share the news within your family before you share the news with others outside your home. This will help you address any question that your older child might have.
How can I hire a trained labor coach?
A trained labor coach also referred to as a doula could be hired to assist with your labor. Go and consult your doctor for recommendations and start to interview candidates. A doula can be enough emotional support and give you constant advice throughout the process of labor and even after.
What can I do to help ease my mood?
If you haven’t already, you may want to put together a baby registry to make sure you have everything you need before your baby arrives. If you’ll be having a baby shower thrown in your honor, your host or hostess may want to share your registry with guests, either with the shower invitations or separately.
Start preparing a baby registry to make sure you have taken care of everything you need to before the little one arrives. If you’re planning to have a baby shower thrown in your honor, your host/hostess may want to share your registry with the invitees. Maybe with the invitations or separately
Gradually you are approaching the big day. Things will possibly take a faster pace from now. So be prepared for some rollercoasters on your way. Keep yourself hydrated, take care of your health, eat fiber-rich foods, try and communicate with your baby, etc.
It is a good time to have your partner try to speak to the baby and sing lullabies to help the baby recognize your voices and get used to them. Good luck!
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