27 Weeks Pregnant

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Your Body

By this point in your pregnancy, there’s an embarrassing (but very common) little issue you may begin to experience: stress incontinence. Your partner totally cracks you up and, mid laugh, you feel a bit of urine leak out. It’s also apt... Read more

Your Baby

At 27 weeks pregnant, your baby is big enough -- and his heartbeat strong enough -- that the soft thump, thump, thump may be clearly discernable to your partner if he puts his ear up to your belly. So cool! Your baby has grown to about 15 inches,... Read more

Your Life Right Now

Had some crazy -- and extremely vivid -- dreams lately? Even if you’ve never remembered a single one before, you might find yourself rocked by nightmares or just plain oddball pregnancy dreams: You give birth to a monkey. You’re racing... Read more

Moms Like Me / I Wish I Had Known

"The best way to find a good pediatrician is to determine what you’re willing to put up with and then ask around. If breastfeeding and having someone who understands that and won't push you to supplement is important, go to La Leche... Read more

27 Weeks Pregnant: Your Body

By this point in your pregnancy, there’s an embarrassing (but very common) little issue you may begin to experience: stress incontinence. Your partner totally cracks you up and, mid laugh, you feel a bit of urine leak out. It’s also apt to happen during exercise, when you cough or -- achoo! -- sneeze. Stress incontinence is caused by pregnancy hormones, as well as the fact that your bladder is being compressed by the growing baby. If this is your second baby, it may be particularly troublesome. What you really want to know, of course, is what you can do to prevent it. The answer: Kegels. Strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor will help minimize stress incontinence -- not only now, but after delivery, as well. Practice slowly contracting these muscles (they’re the same ones you’d use to stop the flow of urine when you pee); keep the muscles squeezed tight for 8 to 10 seconds, then release. Work up to 50 repetitions spread over the course of the day. (Bonus: Toning up the area with regular Kegels may help you avoid the need for an episiotomy (an incision that enlarges the vaginal opening) during delivery. Another potential plus: This exercise can also lead to better orgasms!) In the meantime, you can deal with stress incontinence by wearing a thin maxi pad. It’s completely normal!

27 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby

At 27 weeks pregnant, your baby is big enough -- and his heartbeat strong enough -- that the soft thump, thump, thump may be clearly discernable to your partner if he puts his ear up to your belly. So cool! Your baby has grown to about 15 inches, head to toe, and even though development isn’t complete yet, he now looks like a smaller, pinker version of what he’ll look like when he’s born.

Your Life Right Now

Had some crazy -- and extremely vivid -- dreams lately? Even if you’ve never remembered a single one before, you might find yourself rocked by nightmares or just plain oddball pregnancy dreams: You give birth to a monkey. You’re racing to the hospital and -- oh no! -- can’t find it. These amped up dreams are likely caused by all the changes that are going on with your body and life lately, the same way a stressful week at work might play havoc with your sleep. And because you’re waking up so often at night to change positions or pee, you’re more apt to interrupt yourself mid-dream -- and therefore remember it. Know that they’re normal and, in the case of scary dreams, not your body trying to tell you that something is wrong. So take a deep breath, relax and nod back off.

Moms Like Me / I Wish I Had Known

"The best way to find a good pediatrician is to determine what you’re willing to put up with and then ask around. If breastfeeding and having someone who understands that and won't push you to supplement is important, go to La Leche League meetings or some other breastfeeding group and ask. You'll get the real lowdown on the pediatricians in the area. If something else is at the top of your priority list, find moms who are similar and ask. You can ask a pediatrician all the questions you want, but nothing beats a recommendation from someone who's been there, done that." --loramz

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