What occurs at pregnancy week 27?


This is the last week of your second trimester and you are now entering your third trimester of pregnancy. During this week of pregnancy you are still in your sixth month of pregnancy but it should be noted doctors use weeks instead of months when referring to length of pregnancy.


Your baby at week 27

At week 27 your baby is as big as a lettuce and weighs 1.9 pounds. The size of the foetus is 14.4 inches and still growing. Your baby has added some fat and muscle to their skin and the kicks are becoming more rhythmic. Your baby is still taking breaths of amniotic fluid and is also sucking their thumb now in preparation for after birth.


Symptoms

During this week of pregnancy some of the symptoms are defined and a few are developing. Take a look at some of them:

● Leg cramps

● Constipation

● Backaches

● Skin, hair and nail changes

● Frequent urination

● Hemorrhoids

● Lack of sleep or trouble sleeping

For mother’s carrying twins, these are some symptoms that resemble near birth and you should talk to your gynaecologist about them:

● Bleeding

● Watery discharge.

● Abdominal pains

● Repeated contractions


Exercises

Try these light exercises during this week of pregnancy;

● Stretching

● Walking

● Deep breaths

● Elevate your feet


What can you do to ensure your baby stays healthy?

The health of your baby comes first but your health is more important. Stay hydrated during the day due to the frequent bathroom breaks. Get emotional support from friends and family as your hormones are raging during this period of pregnancy.

Keep your body comfortable by getting support bras as the breasts become large and heavy and also pregnancy pillows to hold the belly as you lay down. Get the required vaccines for you and your baby. You can also enroll in baby safety classes in preparation for the unborn child.


For more information on how to get ready for your unborn. You can visit our clinic at Jacaranda Maternity hospital. During the visit, you’ll have your vitals and physical examination is taken. OGTT (Oral Glucose Tolerance tests for elevated blood sugar levels, which could indicate Gestational Diabetes) test done. The results will be reviewed by the Gynaecologist. In addition provide information about future antenatals, answer any questions or concerns from you and ask questions regarding the pregnancy.

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