WEEK BY WEEK ADVICE FOR MOMS-TO-BE

Select your stage for information you need to give your precious one the care he/she deserves. Always consult your doctor as a precautionery measure.

Pregnancy is divided into 3 stages. Select your stage for more information.

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As you approach the third trimester of pregnancy, your baby’s development is rapid and it’s common to experience aches and pains as the weight you’re carrying increases.

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You might soon begin to feel the urge to ‘nest’ and get everything ready for the new addition to your family. It can be an incredibly exciting time, but also a frustrating one if you’re like most mums who can’t wait to meet their baby. It’s also perfectly natural to feel nervous about labour.

Section gives you a week-by-week guide to the ways in which your baby’s developing inside you and helps you to prepare both emotionally and physically for labour and birth.

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3RD TRIMESTER

37 cm | 2 lb

Week 27

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Week 27 Pregnancy

At week 27, your baby measures around 37cm long and weighs around 2lb. This final stage of pregnancy is when your baby begins to receive immunity to infection, which is provided by your placenta in the form of antibodies. Once your baby is born, breastfeeding will help to boost this immunity further.

Heartburn, which feels like a sharp pain in the middle of your chest, is common during pregnancy. It’s often brought on by lying flat after a meal, as the stomach acid released to digest your food leaks into the oesophagus.

These tried and tested tips can help to prevent and soothe heartburn:

  • Eat little and often instead of large meals
  • Don’t eat too close to bedtime – give your body a couple of hours to digest your meal
  • A glass of water will help cool the burn – avoid milk, as it can make heartburn worse
  • Sleep with your upper body slightly raised using a couple of pillows to prop up your back and neck
  • Get plenty of medical advice – and don’t take any indigestion remedies before checking with your doctor first

If you were planning to get away before the baby is born, assuming you’re having a normal pregnancy, most airlines will allow you to travel by air until you’re 28 weeks pregnant. After this, flying is not advised. Wherever you’re thinking of going, if you’re flying you may need a note from the doctor to say you’re fit to travel before the airline will allow you on board. And remember to work from your stage of pregnancy when you fly back, rather than when you fly out.

Have a question about holidaying while you’re pregnant? Get expert advice from our Careline team by calling 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other countries) between the hours of 9am and 6pm Saturday to Thursday.