27 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

27 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

Hello, Third Trimester! I can see you at the end of this week! You are 27 weeks pregnant and that babe of yours is the size of a bunch of bananas! Pretty soon he/she will be a crazy monkey climbing all over you while you try and watch last week’s episode of The Bachelor that you recorded last Monday night. It’s Friday evening. This is your future and it’s awesome!

Speaking of potassium, you may be noticing some cramping in your legs when you sleep this week!

27 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

As you begin your transition into the third trimester, your uterus may start to have irregular cramping. These are called Braxton Hicks contractions. They are usually only felt in the front, and not associated with “back labor”. It is always important to rule out true labor vs false labor. BHCs are false labor and are usually not associated with regularity, and resolve with rest and hydration. If you are experiencing regular, consistent pain that is not relieved by these interventions, call your doctor or go to the nearest labor and delivery immediately. Preterm labor requires immediate attention.

27 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

Overall, I’m starting to slow down a bit. The mountaintop high I was riding is starting to slowly but surely point me in the direction of third trimester pregnant discomfort. Although, knowing how uncomfortable you truly get at the end, I’m feeling pretty good right now by comparison.

Pregnancy Buzz Word – Braxton Hicks Contractions

If you’ve never been pregnant before, this is probably a word that you’ve heard other pregnant women mention towards the end of their pregnancy. It sounds like taboo, but Braxton Hicks contractions are your body’s way of “practicing” for labor and delivery. Yes, you heard that – practice contractions. What? Oh yeah, sister.

Don’t worry, they don’t hurt. But they’re not necessarily comfortable either. It’s an overall tightening sensation that you’ll feel in the same place that you feel your period cramps. In fact, mine actually feel like period cramping – not miserable, but not comfortable either. The whole Braxton Hicks concept can be a bit alarming because it’ll have you wondering if you’ll know the difference between them and real contractions… you most-definitely will. Braxton Hicks are irregular, happen randomly and tend to go away when you change positions. REAL labor contractions are consistent, happen every __ minutes, get closer together, get more intense, and they are PAINFUL. Like a different level of pain – not discomfort. Pain. You’ll know. For now, be prepared to feel period-like cramps every now and then until delivery. Wahoo!

This article is a great summary of Braxton Hicks and what they’ll feel like.

What are you feeling?

Braxton Hicks Contractions may be beginning

I had my first one this week and it was small feeling of tightening that made me go “Oh! Oh yeah!” If this is your first pregnancy, don’t be surprised if you don’t start feeling these for a while.

Bleeding gums

With an increase in blood supply and and hormones, you may notice more bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth. It’s normal. Pregnancy probs.

Cramping legs and other muscles

This is a thing… not full-blown Charlie horses, but mild cramping, especially at bedtime. Go to bed with a glass of water and if they’re particularly uncomfortable, eat a banana… no, you’re not a cannibal, but I definitely didn’t eat blueberries during blueberry week because I just felt… well, weird. Which is what I am. WEIRD.

How to Survive this week:

You’re ALMOST to the third trimester, momma! Next week, you’ll enter into the last 3 months of this crazy ride, which means that you’re another milestone closer to kissing that precious baby! Keep on keeping on and prepping for that sweet angel’s arrival in just 13 weeks! That’s a summer break, y’all… like your pregnancy is just a study abroad program away from being over! Hopefully it’ll go by as fast as my summer in Argentina did. You SO got this!

2nd Trimester Resources

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 2nd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Home Tour – Baby B’s Nursery
Home Tour – Baby A’s Nursery

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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