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Pregnancy Week 27

By Christine Shiffler, edHelperBaby

How is your baby growing and developing?:
           You made it to the third trimester.  Your baby is about 2 pounds.  Think of it in comparison to 2 lbs. of lunchmeat.  Feeling your baby move is a daily activity.  This action can be the beginning of your bonding with your baby.  Your baby's eyelids are opening now.


  What is happening to you?
           Leg cramps may be a problem.  If you experience leg cramps during pregnancy, don't stand for long periods.  Rest on your side as much as possible.  Exercise as much as possible and add stretching.  A heating pad may help but doctors recommend no more than 15 minutes.  Drinking lots of water may also help leg cramps.


Parent's Homework
           You and your partner can relax, think positively, and exercise now to bond with your baby.

       If your pregnancy seems to be getting ahead of you, make special time with your partner to quietly get to know each other.  It is a great way for bonding.       
  • Take time to Relax.
  • Research shows that when a pregnant mother is tense, her baby's heart rate increases and his movement patterns change.
  • Make time to kick back and relax together.
  • Take the time to calm down from all the rushing ahead and planning.
  • Meditation
  • Typically child birth classes will teach you meditation techniques.   Often taught as part of the class, meditation can be as easy as focusing on your breathing.  You can also use imagery.   Meditation takes makes forms.  Choose a method that works for your partner and you.  Remember to be in the moment and to put all thoughts out of your mind.
  • Reconnect with the world around you.
  • Take a walk in the park
  • Go to a place you enjoy near water
  • Use rock water fountains and nature sounds, ocean, rain, etc.
  • Connect with things that fill your five senses.   Remember, your partner and you want to enjoy your experiences.

  • Exercise
  • Make sure you choose an activity that is at your level of experience and one that you possess some skills for.   Pick an exercise that you will be consistent.  The good reason to exercise is that you get endorphins which you pass on to your baby. These are the feel good hormones released during exercise. Everyone feels good and moves around.
  • Think Positively
  • You and your partner may both be having feelings of anxiety about the future.  Turn your thoughts around and focus on just the positive.  Use some of your meditation techniques to imagine only lovely feelings.  Sit comfortably and tune out all the noise around you, and imagine yourself holding your baby, feel all the emotions.


Personal Experience
           My husband was a great help to me throughout these activities.  I was very anxious about getting things prepared, registered, and attending to both sides of the family.  I was finding that I was losing sight of the joy of the experience.  My husband was often able to help me do things and still be positive and relaxed.  He assisted me in relaxing by placing a small tabletop waterfall in our living room.  He would put it on in the evening after dinner.  Together we would close our eyes and just be in the moment.  Taking walks together was great.  We talked a great deal about that day's activities and about how to cope with family.  Our families were a little difficult.  Each side had their own ideas and was intent upon passing them on to us.  The best part that came out of the activities was that I felt closer to my husband and more secure in knowing that together we would be good parents.


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