Welcome to your Third Trimester (part 5) - Growth of twins in the last trimester & HypnoBirthing

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You are 26 Weeks and 2 Days 96 days to go…

As the development of your baby’s eyes and sense of sight continues, he reaches another milestone: the eyelids open.

Your baby today

This color ultrasound shows the baby breathing the amniotic fluid (red, flowing toward the ultrasound beam) in and out. The baby is breathing a stream of fluid out through the nostrils and, at the same time, a smaller amount through the mouth.

Although your baby’s eyelids formed at nine weeks of pregnancy, they have remained fused together until this week. Your baby is not in complete darkness, however, because as the uterus grows its wall thins allowing in increasing amounts of light. Now, your baby’s eyes have reached a stage of development where they can open.

Even with the eyelids open, the delicate structures of the eyeballs are protected by a fine membrane that will completely disappear during the final month of pregnancy.

It’s too early for your baby to respond to light in a fully coordinated way, but he may turn toward very strong lights or, if startled by a sudden loud noise, he will often respond with a blink, just as children and adults do.

The retina has just started to be lined by light-receptive rods and cones. The cones are responsible for color vision and develop later than the more numerous rods. The rods transmit an image in black and white and are used for nighttime vision and for peripheral vision. Connections form between the retina and the optic nerve, that then transmits the information it receives to be decoded in the visual cortex at the back of the brain.

Your baby will often bring his hands up to his face. However, because his limb movements are now so well coordinated, he won’t touch his eyes.

… Doctor
Q: I’ve got inverted nipples. Will I be able to breast-feed?
A: Babies breast-feed rather than “nipple feed” and if your baby latches onto your breast correctly, inverted nipples shouldn’t cause difficulties. About 10 percent of women have flat or inverted nipples. The best way to find out whether you can breast-feed is simply to try once your baby is born. There are various techniques that may help: consult your doctor if you’re having problems or contact a lactation consultant. Your doctor or hospital may recommend one or the La Leche League can help .
… Twins
Growth of twins in the last trimester

In these last three months, you’re likely to get very big. As you’d expect, the more babies inside, the greater the challenge for your body to provide enough space as well as the perfect conditions for growth. You’ll probably be advised to gain just under 1 lb (0.5 kg) a week for the first half of your pregnancy and slightly more each week in the second half.

From around 28–29 weeks, the growth of twins and other multiples slows down compared with that of singletons. But they still move and kick as much as possible, cushioned by amniotic fluid, which continues to increase in volume until 36 weeks.

You are 26 Weeks and 3 Days 95 days to go…

It’s a natural instinct that parents are fiercely protective of their children, and not unusual for this to start well before the birth.

Your baby today

Your baby sticks his tongue out often especially before or after a particularly large gulp of amniotic fluid. Fluid doesn’t enter the lungs but is swallowed into the stomach. Your baby would be completely unaware of the ultrasound scan, so is not reacting to the scanner.

You may be feeling very protective of your belly and baby. The belly almost acts as a beacon to other people, making them aware that you’re pregnant. It’s not unusual to feel quite vulnerable, for example in a jostling crowd or when you’re out shopping. When this happens, make it clear to people that you’re pregnant and, hopefully, they’ll give you more space and give up their seat, if necessary.

When you’re driving, you may find you’re doing so even more carefully than normal, or becoming a very nervous or critical passenger. You may become more irritated than usual by people who you feel are driving without concern for your safety.

This protective instinct is a natural part of becoming a mother. It’s the desire to protect and nurture your child, even before yourself. Rest assured, though, that your baby is in the safest possible environment inside your uterus. Your body is providing your baby with warmth, food, and oxygen. The baby is cushioned and protected by the amniotic fluid in which he floats, and this acts as a buffer to any shoving or bumping by crowds of people.

… Doctor
Q: Why am I being told I need a glucose tolerance test?
A: In pregnancy some women develop a form of diabetes known as gestational diabetes, which disappears when the baby is born. It may be suspected if you have signs such as fatigue and thirst and is confirmed by testing urine for glucose. If it’s found, you’ll be advised to have an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) between 24 and 28 weeks. You’ll be tested earlier if you have a BMI over 35, a close relative with diabetes, or had diabetes in a previous pregnancy.

The idea of hypnoBirthing—giving birth in such a relaxed state that you barely feel pain—sounds too good to be true. But the research extolling its benefits is impressive. Several studies have shown that self-hypnosis helps women feel less anxious about labor and birth. They also tend to require minimal pain relief and medical intervention: many women succeed in giving birth at home.

HypnoBirthing is a great idea but it’s important that you are taught the various relaxation and visualization techniques and practice them regularly during pregnancy.

  • You learn a series of self-hypnosis, relaxation, visualization, and breathing techniques, which over time become second nature, enabling you to approach childbirth in a calm, positive frame of mind.

  • By practicing hypnoBirthing, you should feel in control of your body and able to manage the pain during labor and delivery.

  • The key is to practice frequently, and a supportive birth partner is invaluable for helping you perfect the techniques, and use them in labor.

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