Your Baby This Week
Between weeks 26 and 27, your baby begins to experience REM sleep and he can dream! Your baby now weighs close to 3 pounds (1.3 kg) and is approaching 17 inches (43 cm) from head to toe.
His eyes are becoming more sensitive and might be able to notice when you are sitting in the sun or reading by a bright light. As baby grows, conditions in the uterus become a little cramped, so there isn't quite as much room to kick those tiny legs or wave those teeny arms. Therefore, you may feel a little less movement now, but that's normal.
Your Body This Week
Your tummy is continuing to grow and you're steadily gaining weight. As you edge closer to delivery day, premature labor is possible. Signs include menstrual-like cramping, lower back pain, and a leaking of amniotic fluid (sometimes accompanied by a pink or brown watery stain and a thick, mucous-rich plug). If these symptoms occur, call your health care provider right away (and go to the nearest hospital if you can't reach him or her). When caught early on, premature labor can be stopped. Following up with bed rest will help ensure your baby gets more time to grow.
If you find yourself dreaming about that perfect little baby, you're not alone. Baby dreams, too--about you, the perfect mom!
Make Your Own Fast Food
The drive-through beckons. When time and energy are scarce and life gets a little nuts, it's tempting to grab-n-go and worry about it later. But the irony is this: saving time with fast food doesn't save you any time at all. For every trip through the drive through, you'll need to spend extra time in the gym to make up for it. You can make your own "fast food" at home that saves you time without loading you down with extra calories and fat. If you simply plan ahead, always have some veggies and fruits in the fridge, and keep healthy snacks on hand at all times, chances are you'll end up making smarter time-saving choices. Here are tips for meals to-go to when you don't have a lot of time.
Surviving Bed Rest
Most of the time, health benefits happen by getting physical. But sometimes, especially in the third trimester, the healthiest activity is no activity at all. If you're on bed rest, you're not alone. Every year, more than half a million expectant moms are prescribed bedrest. Bedrest has a number of health and recovery benefits and can reduce the risk of complications. So take it seriously and do your best to abide by your doctor's recommendation. Of course, it can be maddening, boring and lonely. Here are some helpful tips from BabyFit's bed rest survival guide.