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Week 27: Find Comfort, Relieve Pressure

Your Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy

Your Baby This Week

It's official--you and your baby are starting your third trimester and are well on your way to delivery day!

As growth continues, your baby weighs in at over 2 pounds (1 kg). And because his body is more developed, measurement no longer goes from rump to crown, but from head to toe--about 15 inches (38cm)! Your baby can suck his thumb now, which is actually a good thing! It helps calm him, while also helping to strengthen jaw muscles and encourage the suckling reflex. Your baby can even cry now, but you won't be able to hear him.

Your baby's eyelids are starting to open, and he can actually open and close his eyes while in the womb.

Your Body This Week

By now your weight gain is likely disturbing your sense of balance, leaving you a bit tipsy at times. Getting around may be more difficult, and sitting behind the wheel of your car may become uncomfortable. This is the time when stretch marks on your breast and tummy can become most apparent. Although medical evidence is lacking, anecdotally, many women report that applying cocoa butter now through the end of pregnancy may help keep stretch marks from forming or help them to fade more quickly after birth.

Eat Super Good Food

Faster than a speeding bullet? More powerful than a locomotive? Nutrient-packed with health enhancing properties?

Here come the SUPER FOODS!

These foods benefit your body in so many ways. They power your brain, and correctly and efficiently fuel your body. Super foods fight infection, enhance your immune system, and protect against diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, and respiratory infections.

Here are more than 100 super foods that are actually good for you.

Taking the Pressure Off

Your joints are going through a lot right now. There's more pressure and strain with added weight, and they have to support a wider range of motion, thanks to your increasingly-pliable ligaments. Maybe it's time you showed them some love. What do your joints want more than anything? Stronger muscles. Just a little posture practice, strength training and stretching can keep your joints happy and trouble-free. And a good pair of supportive shoes never hurt anyone. Read more about ways to save your body some aches and pains.
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