Your Body – Week 27

Raise a toast (of juice or water of course!) You are now 27 weeks pregnant. To be more precise, you are five months and four weeks pregnant. This marks a significant milestone as it is the last week of the sixth month and the end of your second trimester

So, what do you notice this week?

  • If you haven’t planned out a hospital for your delivery, now would the right time to do so!
  • You may feel fat and you may start worrying about your weight. Putting on 1-2 kgs per week now on is okay. Be sure to monitor your weight gain and any large increase in weight should be discussed with your doctor.
  • Swelling or edema of your legs worsens due to fluid retention. Other causes of edema can be due to the slowing of blood caused by the pressure on the inferior vena cava (the blood vessel that carries blood from the lower body back to the heart) due to the growing uterus.
  • Fluid retention in the arms and wrist might lead to numbness and tingling sensations in the hands (carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • A raised blood pressure should be looked out for. Please consult your doctor if any abnormalities are noticed.
  • Apart from the swelling, your growing womb causes you pain and discomfort. Please keep on talking to your gynecologist and rest and elevate your legs whenever possible.
  • You may feel the need to pee more often. This is caused because of your growing uterus putting pressure on your bladder.

 

Congratulations! You have successfully finished your second trimester. We welcome you to your third trimester and hope that as the previous 6 months, the last 3 months pass with the similar ease.

Common symptoms this week:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Frequent urination
  • Swelling in ankles
  • Varicose veins
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Sleep issues

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