27 Weeks Pregnant

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27 Weeks Pregnant

Postby admin » Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:16 am

Your Body at 27 Weeks of Pregnancy

You have now entered the final trimester of pregnancy. Your fundus should be almost halfway between the umbilicus and the bottom of the ribcage (xiphisternum), and disorders such as heartburn are becoming more prominent. You can help ease this discomfort by sleeping propped up on a few pillows, although this may not be the most comfortable position for sleeping.

As your pregnancy increases, you will find it increasingly difficult to get into a comfortable sleeping position. Just to help a little, when lying on your side, use extra pillows under your stomach and between your knees. When on your back, put them under your knees and neck. You’ll also probably be up through the night to empty your bladder. If sleeping becomes too much of a problem, talk to your doctor or midwife.

Pressure symptoms are becoming more prominent with possible varicose veins as well as ankle swelling which is known as oedema. You can help relieve this by wearing support stockings. For maximum benefit, fit the stocking on before getting out of bed in the morning. Other helpful measures you may try include; putting your feet up when you can, avoiding prolonged standing, excessive weight gain and tight clothing and too much exercise such as walking for 20 minutes a day.

Your Baby at 27 Weeks of Pregnancy

The baby now measures around 30 cm and weighs about 1 Kg. If it were to be delivered now, the baby would have a good chance of survival than not. However, there is still little chance of handicap because of the degree of prematurity. This is basically due to breathing problems but prematurity can result in serious disability, so it is best for your baby to remain in the womb until at least 32 weeks, when the chance of intact survival is far greater.

The placenta is now practically developed, and you are about to embark on the maximum fetal growth phase where baby not only lengthens but also fills out significantly by developing subcutaneous fat. The baby’s movements are more chaotic but a definite rest-activity cycle is now also developing. This becomes more pronounced as full term approaches.

If your pregnancy is complicated by high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes or twins, or if there is a history of small baby’s (growth retardation), your obstetrician may suggest a further ultrasound to asses fetal growth and well being over the next few weeks. Scans may be repeated regularly if there seems to be concern about the baby’s ongoing development. Babies of hypertensive mothers tend to be smaller than average babies whereas those of diabetic mothers tend to be larger. At birth the latter babies may be hypoglycemic (have low sugar levels) as they have high levels of insulin, which is what makes them grow excessively. These babies will need to be fed quickly and kept very warm. However, they are not born diabetic.
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