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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.

    • 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 April 9, 2021

    50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

    50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

    Being a mom is not easy. Being a single mom is even more challenging. Having children means you are on the job 24/7. Even while you are sleeping, you are still ready to wake at the slightest peep because that is what moms do.

    Moms, especially single moms, need more people cheering them on. Your love and care matter to your kids. You are their superhero. I think single moms are superheroes, too.

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    The quotes below are words of encouragement for all of the single moms out there. Keep up the great work! Your hard work will pay off. Someday, they will be grown up and living on their own. Your job will never truly be done as a mom, but you can pat yourself on the back today and every day for doing mom duty day in and day out.

    Here are 50 single mom quotes to encourage all the single moms out there.

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    1. “Being raised by a single mother, I learned to appreciate and value independent women.”—Kenny Conley
    2. “As a single mum you’ll discover inner strengths and capabilities you never knew you had.”—Emma-Louise Smith
    3. “One thing I know for sure – this motherhood thing is not for sissies.”—Jennifer Nettles
    4. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.”—Gail Tsukiyama
    5. “And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”—Mark Anthony
    6. “She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”—Margaret Culkin Banning
    7. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”—Alice Walker
    8. “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”—Anne Frank
    9. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.”—Jennifer Lopez
    10. “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”—Melissa Etheridge
    11. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”—Ricki Lake
    12. “You don’t take a class; you’re thrown into motherhood and learn from experience.”—Jennie Finch
    13. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”—Oprah Winfrey
    14. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”—Charlotte Brontë
    15. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”—Nora Ephron
    16. “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”—Diane Von Furstenberg
    17. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”—Margaret Thatcher
    18. “Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”—Helen Keller
    19. “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”—Sharon Jaynes
    20. “Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard work, and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.”—Susana Martinez
    21. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”—Maya Angelou
    22. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”—Ayn Rand
    23. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”—Rudyard Kipling
    24. “The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because stuff worked out. They got that way because stuff went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
    25. “There will be so many times you feel like you failed. But in the eyes, ears, and mind of your child, you are a SUPER MOM.”—Stephanie Precourt
    26. “Motherhood is the ultimate call to sacrifice.”—Wangechi Mutu
    27. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”—Maya Angelou
    28. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
    29. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”—Jill Churchill
    30. “There’s no doubt that motherhood is the best thing in my life. It’s all that really matters.”—Courtney Cox
    31. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”—Mitch Albom
    32. “I have found being a mother has made me emotionally raw in many situations. Your heart is beating outside your body when you have a baby.”—Kate Beckinsale
    33. “Single moms, you are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a maid, a cook, a referee, a heroine, a provider, a defender, a protector, a true Superwoman. Wear your cape proudly.”—Mandy Hale
    34. “I’m not really single. I mean, I am, but I have a son. Being a single mother is different from being a single woman.”—Kate Hudson
    35. “Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the tears but also twice the hugs, twice the love, and twice the pride.”—Unknown
    36. “For me, motherhood is learning about the strengths I didn’t know I had, and dealing with the fears I didn’t know existed.”—Halle Berry
    37. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things… a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Denice Williams
    38. “You do the best you can. Some days you feel really good about yourself and some days you don’t.”—Katie Holmes
    39. “I would say to any single parent currently feeling the weight of stereotype or stigmatization that I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.”JK Rowling
    40. “Just because I am a single mother doesn’t mean I cannot be a success.”—Yvonne Kaloki
    41. “I didn’t plan on being a single mom, but you have to deal with the cards you are dealt the best way you can.”—Tichina Arnold
    42. “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”—Garrison Keillor
    43. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things, a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Deniece Williams
    44. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.”—Meryl Streep
    45. “Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.”—Maria Shriver
    46. “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”—Cheryl Lacey Donovan
    47. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”—Agatha Christie
    48. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
    49. “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”—W.R. Wallace
    50. “Being a mother is the greatest blessing and the hardest challenge in all of life.”—Dr. Magdalena Battles

    Final Thoughts

    Single moms are remarkable women. They are to be respected and honored for all that they do. If you know a single mom, then share this article with them. Tell them “you are doing a great job as a single mom.” They need our encouragement and support.

    They may be parenting alone, but it is good to let them know that there are people in their life who care for them. We can all be there for the single moms out there. Even if it is just to say, “keep up the great work, you are an amazing woman!”

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    If you are a single mom, keep up the good work! You are amazing, and your kids are lucky to have you!

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