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27 weeks pregnant

It’s your last week of your second trimester, and in just a few more weeks, you’ll be seeing your baby for the first time. Isn’t that exciting? Make sure to capture and document every moment so that you’ll have pictures to remember this period by.

What’s Going on with the Baby

Pressure on your Cervix

Your baby is getting heavier and heavier everyday, and will probably reach the 900-gram mark this week. The limbs are continually growing, so your baby will now measure about 40 centimeters. If you begin to feel a different kind of pressure on your cervix, this is probably your baby positioning itself in preparation for the delivery.

Baby now capable of breathing

Your baby’s development continues during the final week of the second trimester, with the retinas forming and the lungs now capable of breathing air. In fact, their pulmonary vascular system can already provide sufficient gas exchange for survival, and the central nervous system can already regulate rhythmic breathing and even the basal body temperature.

What’s Going on with Mommy

Big weight gain?

You may have noticed that you’ve begun to really gain a lot of weight during this week. The weight gained during this period (until the delivery) is not fat; in fact it is necessary to ensure a healthy pregnancy. The weight is actually distributed in several places (and not just in your waistline!). For example, the average pre-pregnancy breast weighs about 7 ounces each. During pregnancy, each can actually zoom up and weigh up to 28 ounces. Some of the weight you gain during this period will also go to various body fluids such as blood and amniotic fluid.

Now for Daddy

You may begin to breathe a little bit easier now, because in case of a premature birth, your baby stands a good chance of survival. Enjoy the end of the second trimester and look forward to the final stage of your partner ’s pregnancy.

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