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Pregnancy Week 27


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The Mom:

Choices in Childbirth

You are now in your third trimester, the final third of your pregnancy! This will be a time of planning for labor and birth, as well as making the final preparations for baby.

If you are planning a hospital birth, and haven't toured the labor and delivery floor, it would be a good time to schedule one. Find out what facilities they offer, this will help you plan your birth experience around what's available.

Natural Childbirth is when you go through labor and birth without any medical procedures that intefere with the natural process of labor. This would include medications and fetal monitoring. If your provider wants to monitor the baby, and you don't want contanst fetal monitoring, ask if it's ok to only have monitoring every hour for 15 minutes or so. Find out if you will be able to walk about, and change positions. Keeping mobile helps contractions to be more effective. Being upright helps the baby rotate into the best postion for birth, and gravity helps with descent.

If you choose to have pain killers, such as Stadol, Demerol or an epidural, you will need to be monitored more closely.

If you need a Caesarean, a spinal or epidural is usually given for the anesthetic. This allows you to be awake for the delivery. You will usually be able to hold your baby right after delivery. Most Caesarean deliveries require a hospital stay of 3-5 days.

SYMPTOMS YOU MAY EXPERIENCE

  • Breast Changes, tenderness, fullness, darkening of the areola
  • Frequent Urination
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Occasional headaches
  • Stretch Marks (cocoa butter can help with these)
  • Itching
  • Round ligament pains
  • Hemorrhoids

The Baby:
Babies begin practicing sucking this week. In fact, some babies may even suck their thumbs or fists. Usually by this week, your baby will be opening his eyes. He can see light through your abdomen. He's about 14.25 inches long and weighs almost 2 pounds.



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