27 weeks

Overall I’m still feeling great.  I have to go back and do the 3 hour glucose test this week since I was borderline.  Also, I’m now taking extra iron supplements.  Nothing horrible just trying to remember to take an extra pill in the morning.  We are getting closer to the holiday’s and the 3rd trimester.  It should be time to really start looking to get the kids room ready for all the goodies that we may get at our upcoming showers.  First shower is the Friday after Thanksgiving, can’t wait!

How your baby’s growing:

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with its legs extended. It is sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing its eyes, and perhaps even sucking its fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby’s brain is very active now. While  its lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if it was to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don’t bother, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.

How your life’s changing:

The second trimester is drawing to a close, but as your body gears up for the final lap, you may start noticing some new symptoms. Along with an aching back, for example, you may find that your leg muscles cramp up now and then. They’re carrying extra weight, after all, and your expanding uterus is putting pressure on the veins that return blood from your legs to your heart as well as on the nerves leading from your trunk to your legs.

Unfortunately, the cramps may get worse as your pregnancy progresses. Leg cramps are more common at night but can also happen during the day. When a cramp strikes, stretching the calf muscle should give you some relief.

Straighten your leg and then gently flex your toes back toward your shin. Walking for a few minutes or massaging your calf sometimes helps, too.

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