27 weeks pregnant – My third trimester has arrived!
I’m now in my third trimester and I’ve only got three months left of my pregnancy!
House-wise, hubby is even more stressed and crazy than I have ever seen him, but I can understand why because he has been chasing the solicitors and financial advisor all week for progress on the flat and they don’t seem to be in any rush to complete by next week. He has sent back all the forms relating to changing his name and has requested a mortgage, so now we need to wait until that goes through so everything can move quickly.
Pregnancy-wise, the line down my bump, or the Linea Negra, is getting much stronger now. It’s very dark and hairy, but I don’t mind as I heard that it fades after the pregnancy. I don’t have stretch marks as yet, but I think I can thank Palmers for that. I also think I’ve started to experience stronger Braxton Hicks contractions too. I thought I had actually gone into early labour at one point, but when I stopped for a bit, the cramps stopped and I was fine to walk again. My bump feels quite tight when that happens…
I had my driving test… and I failed at the last minute! Everything was going so well until I had to do a reverse around the corner and some van behind me was honking and beeping at me to get out of the way. I lost my nerve and swung back out to start again. The instructor failed me on the spot, saying that I should’ve stayed where I was and let the van go through rather than move out of the manoeuvre to start again. Now I will need to wait until the baby is born to retake my test. But I’m so annoyed at that van for honking at a learner driver – how rude!
People keep advising me that my brain is already tired during the third trimester and that I shouldn’t place any undue stress on myself, but it’s hard when you are lugging a big lump around and you still need to do your daily duties.
I had a nice surprise phone call from my brother-in-law and his fiancé who are flying over from Abu Dhabi to stay with us for a week. It will be nice to have some company at home while hubby is at work, as I have been feeling a bit lonely lately now that I’m working from home.
A fun fact – The baby weighs over 2 pounds and is about 14.5 inches long!
The science part
Your baby at 27 weeks
- Your baby isn’t so little now!
- Your baby has officially started brain activity which will only get more complex from now on.
Your baby is already learning from the outside world, even while inside your womb, like their food preferences, their loved ones’ voices, outside loud noises and music – all this activity is increasing their brain activity so keep up the education by reading to them, venturing outside, playing music, singing and talking to your baby.
- Your baby has nearly everything they need to start breathing.
- Your baby’s lungs are still immature, but they would be able to function with medical help if they were born now.
- Your baby’s tastebuds are well developed and they will start to react to certain flavours, which will shape their palettes.
- You may feel your baby hiccuping or kicking when you eat heavy or spicy meals
- Your baby’s eyes will open for the very first time!
Your pregnancy signs and symptoms
- Welcome to the last hurdle of your pregnancy – nearly there now!
- Are you trying to picture what your baby looks like? It’s hard to picture and the uncertainty is probably making you feel overwhelmed. Your baby will be beautiful, don’t worry!
- As your baby presses your stomach, the acid can force itself upwards which causes heartburn, even at night. Eat light meals and top up with snacks if you’re still hungry. Try not to eat heavy meals as they could cause indigestion and wind. Eat acid neutralising foods like yoghurt and bananas, which also help with leg cramps as well.
- You may notice that your baby’s movements will have a certain pattern – consult your midwife/GP if you notice a reduction in movements.
- Your back may be aching now and you may experience symptoms like piles (haemorrhoids). You may also notice varicose veins on your legs and leg cramps too. Thank the 3rd trimester for these ‘lovely’ symptoms! Not long to go now, though – stay strong!
- On the flip side – your hair and nails may be thicker and grow faster – or they may be brittle too (whoops!)
- How’s your pelvic floor? Have you had little oooops moments (leaky pee when sneezing, coughing or even laughing?) This is a sign that your pelvic floor muscles are weak and you need to exercise your pelvic floor. The baby is putting a ton of weight on your bladder, so make frequent pit stops to prevent leaky accidents.
Your next steps
- Even if you’re an experienced mum, you can still benefit from antenatal classes because pregnancy and birth advice is constantly changing and you may benefit from new ideas. Speak to your midwife who can direct you to antenatal classes close by to you.
- It’s not too early to think about your birth plan and it will help make up your decision about B-Day (birth-day) easier. Do you want to have a natural birth? Or do y
ouwant all the drugs that your hospital can administer? Give yourself smetime to think and make a start – you can always change your birth plan later if you change your mind.
Note: These are just general ideas of how you and your baby are getting on. Don’t forget that every baby develops differently. If you are concerned about your baby’s development, please consult your doctor or midwife.
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Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 7. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/