This week marks the beginning of the third trimester. The baby’s retina, which helps in receiving light images, develops its normal layers by the 27th week. The baby’s skin still appears wrinkled from floating in water. This will remain until a few weeks after birth. Your baby weighs over 2 pounds and is about 14.5 inches long.
Your body will need a healthy pregnancy diet comprising an extra 300 to 350 calories each day. You will continue to gain weight until about your 36th or 37th week of gestation. This is not the right time to diet and if you have concerns regarding too much or too little weight gain you should consult your doctor.
Other pregnancy symptoms include shortness of breath from the pressure of your uterus on your rib cage. Your lungs may not be able to expand fully due to the pressure of the uterus but both you and your baby will gain the required oxygen.
It is important to recognize the signs of premature labor during the third trimester. Owing to increased chances of dehydration in summer months premature labor is more common in summer in some women. Hence you must continue to consume plenty of fluids.
If you notice any of the following symptoms you should call your doctor right away: Intense pelvic pain Bright red blood from your vagina Watery fluid from your vagina Lower backache Bad cramps or contractions ( if more than 5 in one hour) Pain during urination Puffiness of face or hands Sharp pain in your abdomen.
Maintaining a well balanced diet is very important at this stage for the all round healthy development of the baby. Weight gained during pregnancy is not considered unhealthy at all but is important for sustaining both you and your baby.