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How Big is Your Baby?
It's week 27 of your pregnancy and the baby is now measuring around 13.6 to 14.8 inches. It weighs about 1.5 to 2.5 pounds.
Baby's Growth & Development
The baby in week 27 of your pregnancy is practicing inhaling and exhaling using her speedily developing lungs. The baby now shows brain activity too, and the brain will get on becoming more and more complex.
Changes you experience
If the mother takes a strict balanced diet, the weight at this point must be between 20 to 22 pounds. The belly continues to expand. It has grown approximately 3 inches by now. Apart from an aching back, one may also have to bear with leg cramps now. This is because the uterus puts lot of pressure on the veins that carry blood between the legs and the heart. The leg cramps may put the mother through more trouble as days pass.
Constipation also continues to trouble women. Many women suffer from haemorrhoids during this last phase of pregnancy. They can be really painful and uncomfortable.
This is the time when one has to remain most careful about signs of early delivery. If you have more than 4 contractions in an hour, or the vaginal discharge changes, like becomes bloody or watery, you must consult the doctor immediately.
Persistent leg or calf pain must not be ignored. The leg cramps are common now and become worse at night, but they become better by simple methods like gentle massages. If not, see a doctor. Remain hydrated to prevent discomfort of haemorrhoids.
Not much time is left in the arrival of the baby. It is important that the baby is healthy and for this, he/she must be adequately nourished while in the womb. Take adequate amount of iron, calcium and vitamin C. Simple tips like eating right, and reducing the intake of caffeine can also help in reducing the chances of preterm labor to a minimal.
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