Pregnancy Week 27

How big is your baby?
Congratulations! This week is the beginning of yourthird trimester. Your baby now weighs 1.93 pounds (875g) and measures from headto toe at around 14.41 inches (36.6cm).

How big are you?
Your uterus is about 2.75inches (7cm) above your bellybutton and more than 10.62inches (27cm) above your pubic symphysis.

How is your baby developing and growing

Your baby’s eyes first appear at around 5 weeks aftergestation and look like a pair of shallow grooves on each side of the brain. Thesegrooves continue to develop and will turn into pockets, called optical vesicles,of which the lenses will start developing. At around 7 to 10 weeks the eyes startmoving toward the middle of the face and at around 8 weeks blood vessels start toform and during the 9th week the pupils form.

At this stage the nerve connection from the eyes to the brain will start to form,this is called the optic nerve. At 11 to 12 weeks the eyelids form but remain fusedtogether until 27 to 28 weeks, when they start to open and close and he/she willstart to develop his/her sense of sight.

Your babys brain continues to grow and develop, and over the coming month specialattention will be paid to developing the forebrain. There is also particular developmentin the portions of the brain which deal with visual and auditory information. Bythe middle of this week your baby , so be sure to include omega baby’s brain development, so be sure to include 3 rich food sourcesin your diet.

If you are having a baby boy, then sometime over the next 3 months his testes wouldhave completed their decent into the scrotum.

Changes In You
By this stage most of you will already have felt your baby move, and those movementswill now be getting stronger and stronger. It is usually around the 27th week ofyour pregnancy that your healthcare provider may ask you to start counting your baby’s kicks. You may be asked to count how many times hemoves in an hour, or to time how long it takes to move ten times.

If you are diabetic then your baby may start to gain more weight than normal fromnow on. So women may be diabetic before their pregnancy,while others may develop gestational diabetes. GestationalDiabetes usually effects 2-7% of all pregnancies and usually disappears after childbirth.

Both of these complications can easily be managed with the right treatment and thepossible side effects of each can be easily minimized.

This Week with Dr Miriam Stoppard

Your Nutrition

Eating enough protein duringpregnancy is important as it plays an important role in the developmentof your baby, so be sure to include foods such as eggs, chicken, pork, dairy productsand nuts in your diet.

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Pregnancy Week 27