It is now 29 weeks from your last menstrual period. Your baby is now at 27 weeks gestation and is almost 10 1/2 inches long from crown to rump (13 1/2 inches from head to toe).
Although your baby’s lungs are developed enough to breathe air fairly efficiently, he or she would tire rapidly. During the next few weeks, your immunities will be transferred to your baby enabling him or her to fight off infections after birth.
Advice for Mom
Some providers recommend perineum massage daily to avoid lacerations and episiotomys. Talk to your doctor to see what he or she recommends.
Notify your doctor of any contractions, backache, visual disturbances, swelling, or headaches.
Discuss the topics of pain relief and anesthesia with your doctor before labour begins. Many women go through childbirth without medication, but relief of pain through medication is an acceptable option, and in some cases, the preferred one. And remember, it’s O.K. to change your mind when you’re in labour — if you’ve talked about the option ahead of time, your better able to make the best choice for you.
The medical community agrees — there is no question but that given normal circumstances, breastfeeding is best. Some women, however, are unable to breastfeed for one reason or another. Be sure to talk to your doctor and find out about lactation consultants etc. in your area.