27 Weeks Pregnant
Fetal development in week 27
Your not-so-tiny-anymore baby (2 pounds and 14.5 inches long!) is slowly rotating in preparation to “head out” for the grand entrance on their birthday!
Now obviously, this doesn’t happen overnight, but when you start to feel a new sort of pressure "down there" (aka your cervix), you’ll know you’ve got a fully flipped locked-n-loaded womb-fruit waiting for the countdown to launch!
If you feel like they're still not flipped, don't worry, you've still got time.
Impressive physical developments of the week: your child's lungs are already capable of breathing air as their vascular system can now handle oxygen/carbon exchange and their brain stem can now regulate rhythmic breathing as well as their basal body temperature!
For what it’s worth, at this point in a healthy pregnancy - if you were to give birth prematurely, your tiny fighter could easily win on the show: “Survivor: The Early Years.”
Go ahead, give your belly a gentle hi-five!
And how's mom doing?
All aboard the same lame symptom train for one final looooong ride before we arrive at the labor and birthday party!Time to kick your baby-on-the-outside preparations into high gear: get the all-essential car-seat, stroller, baby wrap, diapers, a breast pump, a bassinet crib or other safe sleeping area and a clean space set-up for diapering
As you've probably noted, the hormone factory is once again running at full-tilt - causing nausea, heartburn, as well as Sasquatch-like hair growth.
Your *yaaaawn* increased fatigue stems from several factors, including weight gain, shortness of breath and of course, sleep deprivation associated with your big busy baby and blasted busted bladder. (See Week 29 for tips on how to alleviate fatigue!).
And yet another old symptom is back: breast tenderness is common at this phase due to milk production kicking in.
Our last thrilling third-trimester symptoms: more swelling cankles and feeling like you live in a Swedish sauna as a result of increased basal body temperature.
Thanks to your baby's body heat adding to your own, you're one hot mama!
Finally, the third trimester is definitely the right time to kick your baby-on-the-outside preparations into high gear: get the all-essential car-seat, stroller, baby wrap, diapers, a breast pump, a bassinet crib or other safe sleeping area and a clean space for diapering.
After you get all that under your belt, go ahead - relax and enjoy this time… when you’re not nauseous, constipated, running to the toilet, or just plain wiped out.
Oh yeah! Don’t forget your daily prenatal, get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, stay active, and eat well!
Sheesh woman, we're tired just thinking about what you're going through. A healthy pregnancy definitely isn't for the weak!
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The Sarcastic Journalist is a freelance writer and mother of two living near Houston, Texas. She has a degree in journalism and an addiction to magazines. Here, she recounts the 40 not-so-glowing but hilarious weeks of her pregnancy!
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It's a hormone festival... online!
I think, in general, that there’s nothing wrong with message boards as a whole. They’re a good way to speak with people who are in a similar place in life that you are. Only problem? Well, when you have 200 women who are all hormonal and pregnant typing frantically to get their thoughts across, bad things can happen.
Most message boards I have visited have “hot topics” sections. Hot topics sections are a place where the crazy women all get together and argue over who is right or wrong on an issue.
Circumcision. Breastfeeding. Medicated births. You name it, they’ll argue about it.
Sure, these are all hot button issues, but I don’t necessarily think that we need to get into name calling regarding who is going to bottle feed their infant, especially since the babies aren’t even born yet!
I think, however, if you can’t resist the temptation of going onto these message boards and ahem, voicing your opinion, at least be careful of the word choices you use when calling someone out.
Having one pregnant woman refer to another as a “w***e” might not exactly be the smartest thing, especially since you both did the same thing to get on that board in the first place.