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Welcome to your Third Trimester (part 10) - Blood tests & Pelvic girdle pain

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You are 27 Weeks and 4 Days 87 days to go…

Your baby is growing eyebrows and eyelashes—and hair on her head—and making good use of all the space in your uterus.

Your baby today

This baby’s back is turned and she’s facing away from the ultrasound scanner. The skin is much less transparent than before since your baby is constantly laying down fat reserves beneath it. This fat accounts, in part, for much of your baby’s weight gain from now on.

Your baby’s eyes are now open, and both the eyebrows and the eyelashes have grown. The hair on your baby’s head continues to get longer.

It’s quite likely that your baby is making use of all the space available and may well be in a breech position (bottom down), at least some of the time. This is the case in a third of pregnancies at this stage but your baby’s position is unlikely to stabilize until after 36 or 37 weeks. Because the shape of your uterus naturally favors a head-down position, only 3 to 4 percent of babies remain in the breech position after 37 weeks. It may be quite difficult for you (and your doctor) to tell the position of your baby at this stage. For example, just because the feet kick you in one particular place doesn’t tell you much about your baby’s position. She is very flexible and an ultrasound might show that she is doubled up with her feet on her head.

Blood tests

Some time between 26 and 30 weeks your blood will be tested to check that you aren’t anemic. If you are found to be anemic your doctor may prescribe iron pills for you. Because of an increase in the fluid content of your blood, your hemoglobin count is likely to fall later on in your pregnancy, so it’s a good idea to address this issue now. Iron pills can cause digestive problems, such as constipation or diarrhea, so if this happens to you, ask your doctor if your prescription can be changed. The liquid medications available over the counter are kinder on the digestive system than pills, so ask your doctor if one of these is appropriate for you. If a previous blood test has shown that you’re Rh negative, you’ll receive an injection of Rh immunoglobulin (RhIg) at around 28–34 weeks. You’ll get another shot after the baby is born.

… Your health
Pelvic girdle pain

You know you’ve got pelvic girdle pain—or PGP—when sneezing hurts, you’re waddling like an old woman, and turning over in bed is a major task . Formerly known as SPD, or symphysis pubis dysfunction, PGP affects one in five pregnant women. It’s caused by hormonal changes that change the way the pelvic joint functions and it can be extremely painful. Try the following if you have PGP:

  • Keep your legs together when getting in and out of bed or the car (place a plastic bag on the seat to help you swivel).

  • Sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs.

  • Wear comfortable shoes.

  • Avoid doing tasks that hurt, such as housework or pushing a supermarket cart.

  • Relax in warm water.

  • Ask your doctor for a support belt to help ease the pain.

  • Get some therapy: studies show that physical therapy and acupuncture may help symphysis pubis dysfunction.

You are 27 Weeks and 5 Days 86 days to go…

Deciding to go it alone is never an easy option, but with the right support, you can look forward happily to your baby’s birth.

Your baby today

A finger is held close to the eye in this image. The eyes are shut for most of the time but also a simple reflex action will prevent a stray finger (or toe) from touching the eye. Furthermore, the fingernails are still well away from the fingertips at this time.

It’s reassuring to know that many women have babies on their own and do not find life an endless struggle. Although it would be wrong to pretend that parenting alone is as easy as it is when you share the care, with additional support it is possible. Even if you are in a relationship, you may feel you are going it alone at times. You may have very strong reasons why you want a baby, for example your increasing age, and this determination will give you strength and focus.

It is helpful for all pregnant women to find someone to talk to and confide in. This could be your mother or a close friend or relative. As you are making far-reaching decisions about your future, it’s important that you have support, accurate information, and time to think things through without fear, panic, or pressure from others. Finding somebody you really trust and whom you know can give you support when you need it—especially in labor and in the first days and weeks with your baby—may help relieve any pressure you are under. It will also enable you to think more calmly and clearly about your situation and make plans.

It’s worth, even at this early stage, starting to think about who you would like to ask to be your birth partner: this is a big decision that should not be rushed.

Building a support network

It’s important for all pregnant women to have emotional and practical support, and this is especially true if you’re single.

You may find an added bonus of having a baby on your own is that it reshapes your relationship with your own mother, and you may talk together more often.

  • Go to all your prenatal appointments and build a relationship with your doctor; she is an invaluable source of information.

  • Sign up for prenatal classes. If you’re single, you may find that daytime courses are less populated by “couples”; this gives you a chance to build up a network of female friends. Also try to go to classes, such as yoga and water aerobics.

  • Give plenty of thought to choosing your birth partner: a trusted friend, or perhaps your own mother, who is likely to be thrilled to be asked to share this experience with you.

  • Don’t be too proud to accept offers of help from friends and family—most will genuinely want to be involved now and after the birth.

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