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Week 27: I'm a surivivor, I'm gonna make it!

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Topic Week 27: I'm a surivivor, I'm gonna make it!

Post by *** Dannii *** on Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:39 am

Fetal development in pregnancy week 27:



fetus in seventh month
Your not-so-tiny-anymore brilliant baby(about 2 pounds and 14.5 inches
long!) is slowly rotating in preparation to “head out.” Obviously, this
doesn’t happen overnight, but when you start to feel an unfamiliar
pressure on your cervix, you’ll know you’ve got a fully flipped baby
locked and loaded for the countdown to their birthday! Even now, at the
beginning of the third trimester, their little lungs are already
capable of breathing air while the pulmonary vascular system can
provide sufficient gas exchange and the central nervous system can
generally regulate rhythmic breathing as well as their basal body
temperature. For what it’s worth, at this point in a healthy pregnancy
a premature child (with intensive care) could easily win on the show:
“Survivor: The Early Years.”

And how's mom doing?
You’ve worked hard, done your research,
endured a plethora of joyless symptoms and would like nothing more than
to have wonder-baby on the outside. Well, dig in for the final
endurance round and say hello again to the familiar but not-so-lovable
faces of fatigue and nausea. You guessed it, the dratted the
third trimester is really a time to kick your baby-on-the-outside
preparations into high gear: baby-proof the home or apartment, buy a
car-seat, get a stroller, dress up the nursery and plan a space for
diapering, keep mulling over possible names, and try to enjoy this time…
hormone factory is once again running at full-tilt (and causing rapid
hair growth), sigh…. Your (“yaaaawn”) fatigue stems from several
factors, including the proverbial weight gain, shortness of breath and
of course, sleep deprivation. (See week 29 for tips on how to alleviate
fatigue!).Yes, ladies, you’ve finally reached the infamous
“live-on-the-toilet” stage. Your feet are bigger, your breasts are
bigger, your belly is bigger, even your baby is bigger—and something’s
gotta give. Annoyingly, nature didn’t choose your butt and instead
opted to compress your bladder, which is now being completely squashed
by your-super-sized-baby... all day long. So your best shot is to just
accept the fact you’re going to need to urinate every 10 minutes (and
if you manage to go longer, thank the good lord).Of course
breast tenderness is also very common at this phase as milk production
is kicking in. Other thrilling third-trimester symptoms include more
swelling (known as edema) and feeling like you live in a sweat factory
as a result of increased basal body temperature. Thank your baby: this
temperature increase stems from their body heat coupling with your own,
which of course all adds up to one hot mama!Just in case you
don’t have enough things to stress out about: we’d like to remind you
the third trimester is really a time to kick your baby-on-the-outside
preparations into high gear: baby-proof the home or apartment, buy a
car-seat, get a stroller, dress up the nursery and plan a space for
diapering, keep mulling over possible names, and try to enjoy this
time… when you’re not nauseous, constipated, running to the toilet, or
just plain wiped out. (And don’t forget to get your sleep, be active,
and eat well! Phewee! we're tired just thinking about what you're going
through!)
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