Your Pregnancy: Week 27
The light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter for both you and your baby. With only 13 weeks left (give or take a couple of days), it's time to enjoy the ride because it's getting shorter. (This is the point on the roller coaster where you throw your arms in the air and wail like there's no tomorrow. Wee!)
Wondering what's up with your body, your baby and your life this week? Read on ...
What You're Thinking:
"Why does everyone turn and look at me when the Commodore's song "Brick House" comes on the radio?"
As anxious as you are to evict your tenant so you can snuggle with the little bugger, he or she still needs a few more months in the protection of your womb.
Pay careful attention to your body and watch for the symptoms of labor
. Premature babies have a much higher risk of illness and even death due to low birth weight and underdevelopment, so if you see signs, contact your doctor.
If you think you might be in premature labor, try drinking several glasses of water and lying down on your left side. While doing this, feel your stomach for contractions, which will make your uterus hard like your forehead. Doing simple things like cutting out caffeine and eating right can prevent premature labor
Baby's lungs and immune system are maturing this week as baby prepares for his grand entrance. If he were born today he would have an 85 percent chance of surviving as his lungs are capable of breathing air (with medical assistance, of course). Other exciting developments:
Baby's done a lot of growing over the past few months. His length has more than doubled in the past 15 weeks! And that's not the only thing growing—baby's brain tissue and neurons are all developing at a rapid pace. His brain waves are now firing away just like those of a newborn baby. If baby is a he, his testes will have completely descended at this point.
Your baby now weighs in at approximately 14½ inches and just over 2 pounds, or about the size of that roast you made last time your in-laws were in town. (OK, the baby is the size of that roast you meant
to cook before you decided that ordering Chinese was a much better idea.)
Unless you are married to Donald Trump, or Brad and Angelina are planning on giving you all
of their hand-me-downs, you are going to have to do some smart, disciplined baby-gear shopping.
Registering for gifts at a few baby stores will help you develop a good list of basics and extras. Before you hit the stores or hop online, write a baby-gear shopping list to help keep you focused.
Consider registering at a local specialty store as well as a major nationwide department store so that friends near and far can have easy access.
Or if you're too eclectic to get your gear from just one place, you can register on Wishlist.com
, which corrals all the booty you want from various websites to just one list. Truly brilliant.
Once registering has completely exhausted you, head to the movie theater, where you can strap on a popcorn feedbag and zone out to the wicked pleasure of watching Matthew McConaughey's abs. Too bad you can't register for him.
"I whip my boobs out to breastfeed in public and I don't care what anyone thinks."
"Labor and delivery - I won't be doing THAT again anytime soon. Sheesh."
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