Twenty Seven Weeks Pregnant

Fetus in the 27th week of pregnancy

Wow! You're already in the last week of your second trimester! As you enter into the last stage of pregnancy, be prepared for many new symptoms and experiences for you and your family.

From here until the last few weeks of pregnancy (40 weeks), you will most likely gain the majority of your weight. Gaining weight during pregnancy is normal and healthy, but do be mindful that it is not an excuse to eat anything and everything you crave. Your baby typically requires an extra 500 calories per day, so this measurement is a great way to keep track of your diet.

One of the chief complaints of pregnant women during the third trimester is shortness of breath and swelling. Do not be alarmed about this new breathing pattern; your uterus is about at its max-capacity and leaves little room for lung expansion. Swelling is another matter, however, and although it is normal (water retention, mostly), it can be a sign of a serious complication called preeclampsia. Talk about any difficulties or apprehensions you have with your healthcare provider. No concern is insignificant.