At 27 weeks, your antenatal visits will become more frequent now – around once fortnightly and then once weekly in the final month or so. Now is a good opportunity to use the visits to discuss any concerns you might have.
Now that you are at 27 weeks pregnant, practical considerations often come into play as you get ready for the birth, like decorating the nursery or buying baby furniture and equipment. You might find that you ‘nest’ in the last few weeks of your pregnancy, trying to paint the spare bedroom and clean the kitchen cupboards. This is entirely normal, but try to take it easy if you can and leave the painting and the paint fumes, to your partner or a helpful friend.
A healthy diet during pregnancy means that you gain the right amount of weight – without overshooting! – and give your baby all of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients they need to grow. Being vegetarian brings with it many benefits – lots of fruit and vegetables and lots of fibre, a real plus towards the end of pregnancy – but are there some nutrients that vegetarians need to watch out for? Dietitian Sarah Keogh takes a look at how to manage a meat-free pregnancy.
Understanding your contractions
You may find yourself experiencing more regular Braxton Hicks contractions which help to prepare your body for labour. The difference between Braxton Hicks and real labour contractions is that the latter become progressively longer in duration, more painful and do not go away. If Braxton Hicks are a pain, try taking a warm bath or moving around to see if they disappear.
Chat with other moms
As your baby increases in size and weight, you will start to feel increasing pressure in your pelvis, particularly now in the third trimester. One of our moms is having bad pressure pains in her third pregnancy, with walking becoming increasingly difficult – see what physiotherapist Aoibhin McGreal advises.