At the end of this week, you will be saying goodbye to your second trimester. No doubt the weeks have gone quickly and some of it may feel like a bit of a blur, but the coming days will be filled with the anticipation of your baby’s arrival, preparations for baby, and maybe even a shower or two.
If you are planning to enroll in any prenatal classes, now is the time to do so. These classes will teach you breathing techniques, physiology of child birth, coping techniques and what to expect during your hospital stay. If you haven’t already done so, you may consider drawing up a birth plan and discuss those ideas with your doctor.
If you have not been eating healthy throughout the pregnancy, it’s better late than never. Continue to take your vitamins and stay hydrated—the bigger your uterus grows, the more water will be necessary to prevent dehydration and Braxton Hicks contractions.
At the twenty-seventh week of your pregnancy, the baby will be about 14-1/2 inches and weigh about 2 pounds. In the last weeks of pregnancy, the baby will gain ½ a pound per week.
The baby’s retinas are developing more every day, and they will soon be able to help the baby adjust to light images. You may be able to notice a very clear sleep and wake cycle for your baby. As baby’s brain development continues, here, she will be able to suck their thumb, and move with more purpose.
Even though baby’s lungs are extremely immature at this point, he or she would be able to survive outside of your body with a significant amount of medical intervention.
Have you been feeling any rhythmic jumps? Babies often begin to have hiccups around this point, and they may continue throughout the rest of your pregnancy. What may feel like tiny little spasms are actually the baby’s diaphragm reacting—don’t worry it’s no more dangerous for your baby than it is for you. But it does seem that some babies have them much more frequently than others.
Changes With Your Body
Even though your body is preparing for its final months of pregnancy, there are still many plans and many symptoms to go through. Your back ache, leg cramps, and fatigue will continue to increase over the coming weeks. The weight of your uterus pressing down on your lower extremities, prevents blood flow from pumping back up through the legs and into the body’s circulation. This increases your chances of having leg cramps, especially at night. If you notice you are having frequent cramps. Try to stretch your leg bending and flexing your foot until you gain relief. For some women attempting to walk on that leg until the cramp eases off is helpful.
As you enter into the third trimester, it is important to recognize the symptoms of preterm labor.
The most common symptoms of premature labor include:
• Pain, or menstrual-type aching in the abdomen, back or lower pelvic area
• A gush of clear or colored fluid from the vagina
• Any vaginal bleeding.
You should also report other potential complications just to make sure that your baby is safe. These can include:
• Any changes in your baby’s movement
• Any incidents of abdominal trauma such as a car accident or a fall
What To Expect
Coming weeks will result in more frequent trips to your physician’s office for monitoring. The last month or two of any pregnancy and can trigger complications that were not present in previous days. You may expect to have your blood pressure, weight, and urine checked with every visit and help identify any signs of blood pressure complications. Make sure to let your doctor know if you notice a significant amount of new swelling, especially around your nose and eyes. Any headaches, chest pain, or nosebleeds should be reported to your physician as soon as possible.
Even though there is much excitement surrounding the coming weeks and the arrival of your baby, do not forget to sit down and make some very important decisions. For example, if you are having a baby boy, do you want your baby circumcised? Have you considered your future birth control needs? Have you enrolled for childbirth, breast-feeding, or parenting classes? They are still so much to decide. If you are unsure about these decisions talk with a trusted friend or family member or your physician.