Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Week 27 of pregnancy

Baby now weighs nearly 2 pounds/ 875 grams and measures 14.5 inches/ 36.6 centimetres from head to toe. Her eyes open and close, she sleeps and wakes at regular intervals and she may suck a finger or thumb. 

Sweet dreams, little baby! Some experts believe that babies begin to dream by the 28th week. What do they dream about? No one knows for certain but the brain is active this week as well. The characteristic grooves on the brain's surface start to appear and more brain tissue develops. 

Chalk up any rhythmic movement you may be feeling to a case of the hiccups, which are common this week and throughout the pregnancy. Your baby has them but is breathing in amniotic fluid rather than air. A paper bag can't cure her hiccups, obviously, but an episode usually lasts only momentarily. The sensation for you may be strange but not unpleasant. 

Since your uterus is now up near your rib cage, you may now find yourself short of breath if you haven't already. Starting now and continuing through the last three months of pregnancy, you may be plagued by leg crampshaemorrhoidsvaricose veins and an itchy abdomen.

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/a777/fetal-development---27-weeks-pregnant#ixzz2EhHJTjnX

On 6th december ( my anniversary), I was sleeping during afternoon , when all of a sudden I felt a sudden cramp in my right leg. It was so painful for few minutes then after some time it disappeared. I think so far I have felt 3 leg cramps altogether. Going to work has become very challenging now. I still have to manage 6 weeks before my maternity leave starts. Ponyo is kicking most of the time but she takes a sleep of 2-3 hours in between. My bub has already got a routine :) Can't believe I am in my last trimester already. 

Week 26 of pregnancy

Measuring bub from top to toe with his legs extended, he is about 35.6 centimetres. He weighs a little more than 760 grams. His eyes begin to open around now. Response to sound grows more consistent toward the end of the seventh month, when the network of nerves to the ear is complete. He also continues to take small breaths and although he's only breathing in water and not air, it's still good practice for when he's born. 

Since your baby is now growing so fast, and brain development is so intense at this stage, your nutrition is very important. Continue to eat a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of grains and vegetables. Fibre-rich foods, including whole-grain breads and cereals, lentils and brown rice are high in vitamin B and help fend off constipation.

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/a790/fetal-development---26-weeks-pregnant#ixzz2EhGjNHya

Braxton Hicks contractions have increased more. I remember during Aarav's time, I used to get them mainly during evenings but this time I could feel them 24 hours. Feel so good that I don't have to worry about Gestational diabetes.