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Pregnancy At Week 27

Pregnancy At Week 27

Congratulations on entering week 27 of your pregnancy! Your baby, now weighing approximately 2 pounds, is continuing to rapidly develop. Let’s see what kind of progress he or she is making.

Your pregnancy at 27 weeks

This is the final week of your second trimester. You have come a long way and only have one more trimester to go. Week 27 pregnancy includes the following exciting statistics about your baby in order to let you know how far along they have come since the moment you found out you were pregnant approximately six months ago.

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  • They weigh almost two pounds and are the size of a head of cauliflower.
  • When legs are extended fully, your baby measures nearly fourteen and one-half inches long.
  • Your baby is sleeping and waking at consistent intervals (opening and closing eyes), and might even be sucking fingers at this point.
  • Their brain is extremely active.
  • The lungs are still immature but, with the help of modern medical technology, are quite capable of functioning in the event that your baby had to be born now.
  • Hiccups coming from your baby should be common and welcomed. These subtle, rhythmic interruptions should last only a few moments at a time and there is no discomfort to your baby so… enjoy.

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    Your changes to anticipate

    As your last week of the second trimester comes to a close, you can expect the third and final trimester to usher in a few new symptoms for the last few months. Due to the extra weight you are taking on, your back and legs are being forced to strain and perform more than they are accustomed to. An aching back and leg cramps are common at this stage. The extra weight that is being carried, combined with an expanding uterus, both apply pressure on the veins that are instrumental in returning blood from your legs to your heart. This added pressure also burdens the nerves in your trunk region down to your legs.

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    If you encounter leg cramps, this is what you need to know for relief:

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    • Stretching the calf muscle will soothe the pain.
    • Straighten your leg and pull your toes back towards you.
    • Gently massaging the calf with your other hand will help. Continue pulling your toes and stretching your straightened leg until the pain is gone.
    • To help prevent this sort of cramping, it is important to drink plenty of water and to increase potassium intake — whether this means eating more bananas or supplementing potassium with a vitamin.

    Your week 27 pregnancy tips

    With so many new feelings, sensations, aches, and pains that accompany pregnancy, it can be difficult to interpret what is normal and what might call for alarm or a call to your doctor. Then, depending on your health history, some symptoms can be less or more severe for you than other pregnant women, and certain symptoms become critical to address depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. It can be very confusing, but to help you understand what to look for if you are alarmed about a symptom you are experiencing, here is a list of common symptoms, which should generally warrant a call to your doctor if experienced.

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    • Pelvic pressure (a feeling like your baby is pushing down in a way you’ve never felt), lower back pain (particularly if it is unlike anything you have ever felt), menstrual-like cramping, or four or more contractions within an hour (even if no pain is involved).
    • Your baby is significantly less active than usual (reduction in general movement and kicking).
    • Severe abdominal pain.
    • Vaginal bleeding, spotting, or water-like discharge.
    • Pain or a burning sensation while urinating, or a noticeable decrease in urination.
    • A fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more, which may include vomiting.
    • Blurred vision or seeing spots, which are commonly referred to as “floaters”
    • Persistent headaches followed by blurred vision, slurred speech, or feelings of numbness.
    • Any swelling, excluding the common and gradual swelling in fingers or hands. For example, rapid swelling in your face or sudden swelling in your legs are warning signs that you should contact your doctor. You should not gain more than four pounds per week.
    • Monitor any fainting sensations, dizziness, heartbeat rapidly increasing, or palpitations.
    • Any health problems you would normally call your general doctor about, whether related to pregnancy or not, should be taken seriously in the event that the condition worsens. For example, asthma that becomes harder to deal with rather than treatable or a cold that continues to get worse for a longer period of time than you are accustomed to.

    If you experience any symptoms not listed above, you are encouraged to call your doctor if you are concerned. If there is a problem then it will be addressed immediately, and if it is nothing, then you will receive peace of mind.

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    Published on July 22, 2021

    20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week

    20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week

    It’s 5 p.m., and you’re exhausted. The kids are hungry, but no one knows what they want to eat for dinner. With very little energy, you force yourself into the kitchen and look through every cabinet, hoping for a spark of inspiration. Eventually, you toss a few ingredients together and hope for the best. It won’t win any prizes and falls short of what you consider “healthy,” but it fills everyone’s stomachs.

    Feeding a family can be stressful, even tiresome. It’s hard to find the energy and creativity needed to cook healthy but simple family meals. It’s easy to fall into the “anything goes” mentality. When you’ve got a busy lifestyle, meals become more about survival and less about nutrition.

    Here are 20 quick and healthy—but tasty—recipes followed by tips on making these family meals more nutritious. These recipes can help you have a healthy family meal on the table in an hour or less. Remember, swap ingredients out if someone in your family has dietary restrictions or if you avoid certain foods.

    1. Mini Meatloaves With Green Beans and Potatoes

      These miniature meatloaves come together quickly and cook faster, too. You can have a family favorite on the table, paired with seasoned potatoes and fresh green beans, in just 40 minutes.

      Get the recipe here.

      2. One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

        This classic will taste like you spent hours cooking, but the preparation and clean-up couldn’t be quicker. One-pot cooking makes this dish practical, while fresh basil, parmesan, and garlic add a special touch.

        To try this recipe, go here.

        3. Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

          Skip the restaurant and make fajitas at home. The ingredients go on one sheet pan, meaning you won’t spend all night cleaning. Zesty chicken, bell peppers, and warm tortillas can be on the table in 40 minutes. Add sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, diced tomato, and any other favorite toppings.

          Check out the recipe here.

          4. Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

            Lose the carbs but keep the cheesesteak flavors with this quick family meal. Kids will love the pepper “bowls,” and you’ll love giving them a meal full of veggies and protein to keep them healthy.

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            Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

            5. Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

              This veggie-packed meal adds an extra boost by using the superfood quinoa instead of rice. Flavorful yet simple, this meal makes an excellent packable lunch or dinner for your whole family.

              Find the recipe here.

              6. Spinach and Chicken Skillet With Lemon and Parmesan

                The complex flavors of lemon and parmesan come together nicely in this gourmet-like dish, but you don’t have to exert the effort or spend as much as a gourmet meal.

                Get the recipe for this dish here.

                7. Oven-Fried Fish and Chips

                  Fish and chips can also sometimes be healthy as evident in this oven-fried version. You won’t miss the calories with this favorite family meal.

                  You can find the recipe here.

                  8. Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

                    Tangy pineapple and sweet teriyaki will have everyone coming back for seconds. Frozen vegetables make this simple family dish even easier to make and enjoy.

                    Find the recipe here.

                    9. Mozzarella, Basil, and Zucchini Frittata

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                      This egg dish is usually served for breakfast, but a frittata can make a fantastic dinner, too. High in protein, packed with zucchini, and delicious, there’s no reason to wait until morning.

                      Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                      10. Chicken and Sweet Potato Grill Packets

                        Skip the pans and throw everything into foil with this fun family recipe. Kids will love loading ingredients into their pack, and you’ll love its versatility and simplicity.

                        The recipe for this meal can be found here.

                        11. Chicken and Spanish “Rice”

                          Cauliflower takes the place of rice in this low-carb family meal, but it’s so flavorful and filling, no one will miss it.

                          Find the recipe here.

                          12. Honey Chicken Stir Fry

                            This honey chicken stir fry is the healthier version of a restaurant favorite that can be served up quicker than you can order it.

                            Find the recipe here.

                            13. Chicken Skewers With Tzatziki

                              Greek chicken and tzatziki sauce will have you yearning for the Mediterranean, but you can make this recipe at home for your family to enjoy.

                              This easy recipe can be found here.

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                              14. Healthy Walking Tacos

                                Traditional walking tacos are a party favorite, but they’re not usually healthy. However, this recipe keeps it fun while making it more nutritious.

                                Find out how to make it here.

                                15. Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

                                  This classic comfort meal can be ready when you walk in the door. All you have to do is add noodles, and it’s ready to serve.

                                  The recipe can be found here.

                                  16. Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

                                    This usually takes a little over an hour, but the preparation time is only 30 minutes. You’ll love how easy it is, and the cheesy rice is sure to please.

                                    Find the recipe here.

                                    17. Crockpot Rotisserie-Style Chicken

                                      Skip the checkout line and have a rotisserie-style chicken ready at home. A staple in many quick meals, you might find this family meal recipe among your most-used.

                                      Get the recipe for this flavorful chicken here.

                                      18. Santa Monica Street Tacos

                                        Named after a simple taco found on the streets of California, you’ll be surprised that something with only a few ingredients can be so flavorful. Your kids will surely enjoy them.

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                                        Find the recipe here.

                                        19. Pizza Pasta Salad

                                          Enjoy the flavor of pizza without the hassle of making a crust. Use a fun pasta shape to make this even more appealing to your family, especially kids.

                                          Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                          20. Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

                                            Everyone loves lasagna, but it can be time-consuming and messy to make. However, this soup version has the taste you want but with the ease of a crockpot.

                                            Get the recipe here.

                                            Bonus: 3 Simple Ways to Make Meals Healthier

                                            Eating healthy doesn’t have to take a lot of money, time, or thought. Any improvements are a big step in the right direction.

                                            Here are three easy ways you can make meals healthier for your family.

                                            1. Lose the Sugar

                                            Are you looking to improve your health? Cut processed sugars from your diet—the more, the better, and that includes artificial sweeteners.[1] Why? Studies show that sugar increases the risks for weight gain, heart disease, acne, type-2 diabetes, depression, cancer, fatty liver disease, cellular aging, and low energy levels.[2]

                                            2. Avoid Highly Processed Foods

                                            Many processed foods are fine to eat. Even fresh fruit and vegetables go through some processing to stay fresh longer. However, highly processed foods have added salt, sweeteners, saturated fats, preservatives, and artificial colors. These types of food have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.[3]

                                            3. Replace Simple Carbs for Complex Carbs

                                            Lowering daily carbs can do wonders for your health. Studies show that low-carb diets lead to lower insulin levels, lower bad cholesterol levels, visceral fat loss, weight loss, reduced appetite, and can be therapeutic for many brain disorders.[4]

                                            When eating carbs, choose complex carbs over simple carbs. Simple carbs, such as white flour, rice, and degermed cornmeal, lack nutrients and spike blood sugar levels. Complex carbs, such as sweet potato, brown rice, and oats, are usually more nutritious and aren’t digested as quickly, giving more sustained energy and less of an insulin spike.[5]

                                            Enjoy Family Meals With Less Stress!

                                            Dinner can be enjoyable again now that you’re armed with simple and nutritious recipes for your family. These healthy and tasty family meal recipes can help you feel even better about what you serve. Best of all, you’ll have the extra time and energy you saved from cooking and spend more time with your family.

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