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Week 27
(counting from first day of last menstrual period)
Around 25 Weeks After Conception

Please keep in mind that this information is approximate. Each pregnancy is different and growth rates vary. If you have any questions, please check with your care provider.

Fetal Development:
During this week, the brain continues its rapid growth, and the lungs continue to grow. Eyelids begin to open, and the retinas begin to form. The baby will grow over 1/2 inch this week and will be about 1 1/3 feet long (from crown of head to the toes or 9.6 inches from crown to rump)!

Maternal Changes:
Congratulations! At the end of this week, you will have finished the second trimester already!
Sixth Month
You may be experiencing some shortness of breath. Your uterus is close to your rib cage now, and your lungs may not be able to fully expand. Don't worry though. Your baby isn't lacking oxygen and your circulatory system is actually working more efficiently thanks to those pregnancy hormones that have caused you so much discomfort.

To Work Or Not To Work . . .
In week 25, we discussed paternity leave in the dads section. If you're a working mom, you're probably thinking about maternity leave and whether or not you'll go back to work after your baby arrives. This can be a very difficult decision for some families while easy for others. If you're struggling over this, visit our cubbies for stay at home moms, work at home parents, and working moms:

Ideas for Partners:
It's 2 am, and you're blissfully dreaming about winning the Indy 500 in record-breaking time. Suddenly, you're awakened by a pregnant woman who is shaking the buttons off your pajamas. You come to your senses (or at least you think you do), sit straight up in bed and ask her if she's sure it's time. "No, of course it's not time. But I HAVE to have some cold mooshy McDonald's french fries NOW or I'll just DIE. Hurry, PALEEEEEEZE." Nope, it's not labor . . . it's cravings! She's craving weird things, and you just want to sleep. She's insistent and you know there'll be no sleep until you go.

Sound remotely familiar? Think of this as preparation for being awakened in the middle of the night by the baby - and you won't have to go to McDonald's for baby. Try your best to suggest healthy snacks for Mom but realize at this point, your suggestions may not carry a lot of weight.

If all else fails, keep your slippers by the front door and your car keys handy!

Inspirational Thoughts:
A flower has to go through a lot of dirt before it can bloom. ~Unknown

Reading:
Pregnant Woman's Comfort Book: A Self-Nurturing Guide to Your Emotional Well-Being During Pregnancy and Early Motherhood by Jennifer Louden, published by HarperOne, 2005.

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