Week 23 of Pregnancy
You may notice that your ankles and feet start to swell a bit in the coming weeks or months, especially at the end of the day or during the heat of summer. Sluggish circulation in your legs - coupled with changes in your blood chemistry that may cause some water retention - may result in swelling, also known as edema. Keep your feet up when you can and rest as much as possible. Drinking plenty of water actually helps prevent fluid retention. Now that the bones in your babies ears have hardened, they can hear you now so don't be shy, talk and sing away!!
Week 24 of Pregnancy
Babies seem to be most active between 24 - 28 weeks so you feel as thought the baby Olympics are taking place inside your tummy. All of this movement happens now because there is room for it - soon they will be too big. For mom there is so much happening it is hard to keep up! Preterm labor alerts: from here on out, you need to be aware of the signs of preterm labor. The most common symptoms are menstrual like cramps, a change in the vaginal discharge, a lower back ache, or pressure on your pelvis. Many of these complaints are symptomatic for third trimester in general, however you should pay attention to your body if the symptoms occur too frequently or don't disappear after resting or even drinking some water or juice call your physician and have them go over any questions or concerns you may have.
Week 25 of Pregnancy
Your little bundle of joy has become a much larger bundle with muscles and fatty tissue growing everyday! Mom's uterus is about the size of a soccer ball, so it is understandable that you cannot find a comfortable position to sleep! This is also a good time to get your blood sugar or diabetes check. Glucose screening tests look for signs of gestational diabetes, this affects 2 to 5 percent of pregnant women so go get checked! Have you started thinking about baby names yet? Choosing a name is an important decision, but it should be a fun one, too!!
Week 26 of Pregnancy
Major excitement: Your baby opens his/her eyes! They have continued to develop the network of nerves in their tiny little ears, this means he or she can now hear you and your partner as you chat away! Your baby is inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid which is essential for the development of lungs.
The little bundle now weighs about a pound and two thirds and measures 14 inches.
Around this time you may see a slight increase in your blood pressure although its probably still lower than what it was before you got pregnant.
You may want to also start considering a birth plan:
Some issues to consider when creating a birth plan:
- Do you want a drug-free labor or are you banking on an epidural? If you're not sure, it's okay to make a note of that.
- Do you want your delivery to be a private affair (just the attending medical team and your partner)? Would you like other family members or friends in the room for support? Is it okay if medical students or residents are present during your birth?
- Do you want a mirror brought in so you can see your baby crowning?
- Would you like to have the room as quiet as possible? Have special music playing? The lights dimmed? A video camera rolling?
- After your baby's born, do you want your partner to cut the cord? Would you or your partner like to stay with your baby during any procedures or exams?
- Do you plan to breastfeed?
- Do you want your baby to stay with you around-the-clock?
- Are you willing to pay extra for a private room if one's available?
Week 27 of Pregnancy
Your baby's eyes are not only open, but also the visual part of the brain is developed. That means (s)he can see. There is not a whole lot to look at inside your womb but they can enjoy the lights and shadows that come through. Your baby may also like to sleep during the day. This is because you move around more and you are in essence, rocking your little one to sleep! When you lie down at night to rest, they wake up well rested and ready to play. Your breasts are still changing throughout your pregnancy and will well into the first few months after the birth.
This website provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.