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By this week, your baby's crown-to-rump length is approximately 9.2 inches. Remember, that is only from the top of his head to his bottom and does not include his leg measurements! Your baby weighs almost 2 pounds and is beginning to put on weight. Your uterus is about 2.5 inches above your bellybutton and you will continue to grow approximately 1 cm each week. If you have been eating a well-balanced diet, you probably have gained about 16-22 pounds so far. Because your baby has moved further up, you may get occasional pain underneath your ribs.

After a month of having his eyelids sealed shut, your baby begins to open his eyes again this week. Your baby's eyes are almost completely developed. Your baby's eyes are blue in the womb and may change colors later in life. This is true for all races because the pupils do not have their final color until a few months after birth. However, some babies are born with darker or lighter shades of blue. Your growing baby will continue to put on layers of fat until he is born. He is still lean at this point of the pregnancy though. By the time your baby is born, he will assume the typical newborn's plumpness. Your baby's skin will still be wrinkled and red, but the fat continues to fill the skin out.

Finger and toe nails continue to grow.

Blood vessels start to develop in the lungs to prepare the baby for life outside the uterus.

Your baby's blood circulation is completely functional. The umbilical cord system continues to grow and thicken as blood travels with considerable force through the body to nurture the baby. The placenta is now almost equal in size to the baby.

Even though it is still way too soon for your baby to be born yet, the chance of survival without severe abnormalities is now 70% provided it is born in a hospital.

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amberc88 - 20 days ago
week 27 today!!!! lets keep these weeks moving!

amberc88 - 20 days ago
smiles-not happy that you are in pain, but happy to hear im not the only one so it must be normal, my pain has just increased over the week, i live with a heat pack between my legs. I did finally give in an d call the doctor today, and she is pretty conviced he is laying on a nerve and that his head is just deep in the canal, gave me signs to look out for and to go to the labor and delivery if any of those things happen, also she said it sounds to her like i have symphysis pubis dysfunction and basically i should just plan on the pain getting worse, but it will go away after i deliver. JOY lol

smiles884 - 21 days ago
oh I know about the stabbing pains in the crotch!!! SO painful, and I swear I can literally feel my hips separating from each other.. never hurt like this before! i'm shocked eveytime I stand up to walk somewhere, I have to catch my breath cause the pain is so intense and it catches me off guard! wasn't able to do my glucose this week, the lab is shutting down as i'm getting off work, so going to do it after my dr's apt on 4-1-14. they'll prob be annoyed I haven't done it yet, but I can't keep taking off work for every little thing and chances are I'll have to take the 3 hour test and will def. have to take some time off work to get that one done.. I'm happy tho, really was NOT looking forward to the drink!! OR the blood work!

amberc88 - 22 days ago
smiles-ur definately wayyy ahead of me, grant it your lil ones will b here before mine. I am wanting to wait for last minute so it gives me something to focus on, but at the same time not doing it now is giving me anxiety caues i feel overwhelmed or just not prepared, my mind cant decide what it wants to think or feel lol. I think right now tho im still just more annoyed by this constant pressure, its legit just straight painful now. its right in the pelvis feels like my crotch is being stabbed too, and hips hurt. i was convinced i was like going to pop this kid out lastnight just trying to sit up or walk. pain is a little better today, but not much, so i brought my heating pad and pillow to work with me.

smiles884 - 22 days ago
yeah a lot of things are very painful now...sleeping is a chore and so isn't everything else lol. Not too much longer...but it sure seems like FOREVER! Started packing diaper bag this morning before work. Will be hopefully doing laundry this weekend for the babies... : ) things are progressing in preparation!

amberc88 - 23 days ago
onbabyfour-yes 14 weeks sounds sooooo far!! Im finally at that stage where it physically hurts for me to turn at night! I swear i didnt get that until like the last month i was prego with my daughter, but everything is happening so much sooner with this one! I still have major pressure down low, i had to sleep with heating pads on me cause it seriously HURTS!

onbabyfour - 23 days ago
I'm pretty uncomfortable too. Sleeping is getting more and more difficult as I toss and turn all night.14 weeks seems like a long time lol

smiles884 - 23 days ago
: ) thank you.. some days are easier than others!

amberc88 - 23 days ago
hope this week goes by fast. This last weekend went by too fast and im still exhausted. SMILES-i can only imagine how uncomfortable you are hun, i feel like im dying with just one baby, I dont think i could handle 2 so you are a trooper!!

smiles884 - 24 days ago
26+3 : ) hoping babies stay put awhile longer even though it has become so uncomfortable. Just bought second carseat.. slowly but surely getting everything in order!

pugdunn - 31 days ago
A keep getting bladder infections :/ ... How I hate feeling like crap!!!

terriann20 - 38 days ago
I am sooooooo hungry all the time haha 2 more weeks til ultrasound and 28 week bloods really struggling with constant pain in the top and middle of my back.. never suffered with my first 2 girls :/ xx

purplelizard270 - 41 days ago
I also feel huge already! I look as big right now as I did when I was 8 months pregnant with my son! Ready to have this baby girl in my arms instead of in my tummy.

terriann20 - 42 days ago
I have a reasonably small bump but huge ass has sprung on me through not having much energy to get off it n so breathless all the time. X

schmittsfirst - 43 days ago
This pregnancy is flying by. Can't wait to meet our sweet little girl but a lot to do in the mean time! YIKES!! Hope everyone is feeling good, i feel HUGE already and still 3 months to go! : /

terriann20 - 43 days ago
Hello 3rd trimester :) 14 weeks remaining x

bkle - 56 days ago
Another ultrasound in 2 weeks. My husband and I are calling this baby our ultrasound baby due to all the ultrasounds we had so far lol. Its going to be a cervix check but I still get to see him so excited! I now see the doctor every two weeks until mid march then its once a week until birth.

onj - 64 days ago
Oh I never thought of trying prevacid. I'm pretty sure I can get that over the counter, too. I think I will check that out today! Thanks for the ideas ladies!! :) I get to take my one hour gestational diabetes test today! I have a bad cold, so maybe I won't taste it lol. Crossing my fingers. One can only hope!

emmyjoe - 65 days ago
onj ask your Dr for prevacid! i have acid reflux and have taken it for a couple years now. it's wonderful! i was worried I would have to give it up during my pregnancy but my Dr said it's perfectly safe! I have been really lucky this go around, only a few bouts with morning sickness an NO heartburn :) good luck!

SamanthaDawn - 65 days ago
Thank goodness I only got heartburn two times this whole pregnancy. (I never get it when not pregnant) It's so gross when it does happen. I feel bad for you ladies, hope you find something to help onj!

4girls want a boy - 66 days ago
oni talk to your Dr I use tums and it works. I'm up to three tums a day and its only in the middle of the night.

onj - 67 days ago
Oh ladies, can someone please tell me what to do about the heartburn? Tums, Zantac, Milk, and throwing up several times haven't eased it up today. I was up through the night and I have been in agony all day. Normally, once I eat a good meal, it's more or less under control for the day- especially if I take Zantac. I've never had heartburn this bad!

elisiaxx - 67 days ago
I have been suffering with hearburn from really early on, it seems to be easing off but I still get it more or less every day just not as much!

mummytoharrison - 67 days ago
I hope you all get a break from the heartburn. Horrible stuff :( I had my tour of the maternity ward today and it was lovely. Very happy with it. The post-labour ward is individual rooms with double beds so Daddy can stay :)

4girls want a boy - 67 days ago
I am starting to get the bad heart burn.

elisiaxx - 67 days ago
Swissmammy3 oh dear heart palpitations :( I had that just before I fell pregnant even early stages of pregnancy but haven't had them since! I hope your ok :) baby stuck his bottom out earlier it was so good :) I have my midwife appointment next Thursday can't believe we are almost at the 10 week countdown ;)

swissmammy3 - 68 days ago
Hi ladies, hope everyone is ok. Having some massive kicks in my ribs this week and also lots of heartburn. Getting heart pulputations also....takes my breath away :-/

bkle - 68 days ago
4girls-wow, and they still wanted you to get on that stuff, their crazy. Its too bad you couldn't just get a different doctor. I hope she does what is right for you and give you the help you need. Ive been put on the back burner before and the results aren't fun. I went to my doctor with my last baby and told him something was wrong and he said itll be alright. well a week later I had a premature baby and afterwards he told me 'I kind of thought you might have your baby soon.' I mean really???!! It was sad that he thought that and yet did nothing but watch me have a baby way to early. Im happy im going to someone else. Ill cross my fingers for you that good things are to come :-)

4girls want a boy - 68 days ago
Bkle I took it 16 years ago and had a 4 lb baby . All my other children were 9 lb so im sure that had something to do with it. Pluse she is almost 17 and is just now getting her period , and i think that med has something to do with that too. Sounds wierd but i really think that stuff has some long term affects . When this Dr perscribed it to me I was shocked that they still give this to pregnant women. The crazy thing is I beleive she just gave it to me because she is too busy to deal with me. After this pregnancy I will not be seeing this lady ever again

bkle - 69 days ago
4girls- I read some on that stuff and they don't even say if that drug is safe on the fetus no studies done. the possible risk to the newborn there was a cation there so I don't blame you for not using it! the stuff I was prescribed it just a vitamin and she made sure I was taking a vitamin with the dha in it due to the studies shown that it can help keep baby in there.

4girls want a boy - 69 days ago
My Dr perscribed me turbutiline I won't take it though its some scary stuff . If I have too many i will just go to the hospital

bkle - 69 days ago
my doctor prescribed me magnesium chloride64 to slow down the contractions. a few weeks ago at walmart I was having consistant long and painful contractions :-( Since ive been taking the mag64 they haven't been as bad :-)

4girls want a boy - 69 days ago
Elisia my last day will be 39 weeks . WE shall see how that go's being that I also get contrations all day too.

elisiaxx - 69 days ago
Everything seems to be going well for me ans its only 8 days until our big move to the new house :) im still waiting to talk to my boss about maternity leave as im not sure when I want to go, I was thinking between 36-38 weeks :/ im struggling a little at work recently and doing clean up after the children is proving some difficulties! I even get really bad braxton hix if I do too much :(

SamanthaDawn - 69 days ago
Hi everyone, I'm here too now :) I'm starting to finally feel like getting everything ready for baby (Going through my kids old baby clothes tonight maybe) I just bought a white bassinette, and some sweet animal wall stickers to put in the baby's area of my room. I want to change my room around so it looks like the baby has half, but I know I shouldn't move furniture so I guess I'll have to just order hubby around and tell him where I want everything to go ^_^ hehe I can't wait to have everything all ready and just be paitently waiting. Even tho I have 2 kids already there is still so many things I need to get because all I really kept was clothes.

4girls want a boy - 69 days ago
I feel like im done being pregnant . Seems like ever since I found out what im having the pregnancy has slowed down. I wish I was 36 weeks :( lol For now i am waiting on my results from my glucose test. She said if I don't get a call this week then I should get a normal passed result in the mail. So if I don't get a call tomorrow I should be all good ! Also I am starting to get the presure in my bottom after work. If I work more then 4 hours my butt really starts to hurt like its all going to fall out.

mummytoharrison - 69 days ago
It is very quiet in here. Just the three of us so far. I am feeling ok - a little more energy but patience still short. Had my glucose test this week and I swear the woman was practicing her darts technique as I am bruised to hell. Normally never bruise. How are you all?

4girls want a boy - 70 days ago
here :)

elisiaxx - 70 days ago
Haha.... it's far to quiet in this week :( how are you doing? Im feeling so big now,I have midWife next week :D

mummytoharrison - 70 days ago
Ooh elisiaxx! You made me jump hahaha

elisiaxx - 71 days ago
Haha.... hello :)

mummytoharrison - 71 days ago
*gets a cloth and brushes the dust off the week* hello? ?? Anyone home???

asiamarie91 - 100 days ago
hey ladies congrats on your pregnancies! If any of you are on facebook there is a group based on this site you can share pics vent and ask questions and best of all make new friends the group is private so nobody on your friends list can see anything you post I was in the 2012 group with my son now I am in the IAP Mamas group 2014 due in February with my little girl

tazzysmumma - 118 days ago
haha i know emily! it sounds real close hey :D i cant wait to get to 30 weeks so i can start the single digit countdown xx

daffymtz22 - 120 days ago
Yay 26 weeks today! Feeling every single movement. Love being pregnant but can't wait to meet this little guy.

emily82 - 120 days ago
Tazzy - Wow when you put it like that, 14 weeks feels really close! Hope everyone is feeling good! My good friend just delivered her 'xmas baby' by c-section Dec.16 and she named him Sawyer Cameron.

tazzysmumma - 121 days ago
These kicks are certainly getting stronger! they can even get a bit uncomfortable when im trying to sleep! less than 14 weeks now cant wait to meet my new little man x

AussieDanni - 136 days ago
I'm off to week 27, but thought I'd be more likely to get a response in here :p we don't have thanksgiving in Australia, but glad you had a good one! My little one is so excited for Santa! I'm excited for a break from work! After Xmas not long til I go on maternity leave. It is getting hot here, which is not fun when my tummy feels so large! Hope everyone is good and see you all in week 27!

lalapet - 137 days ago
hope everyone had great thanksgiving, I actually got doc appt this past wed, I just called and they had 1 cancellation. I was surprised I weighed three lbs less on the scale at doctors than at my own house haha, well I'm sure I made up for it over the weekend. My husband has to sit in my sons room until they fall asleep bc otherwise when he leaves they start playing again. Has great family reunion, I who dont cook made three dishes!, not looking forward going back to work, but all in all a blessed time. 27 weeks Monday, God bless you all!

HMS - 139 days ago
Haloo mommies! hope evry1 is doing great! @ Aussie yes it looks dat way and is high time aso! @ Lala sorry i aso dnt hav any ideas 4 u. My sis has 2 n dey hav seperate rooms but love to sleep 2getha but the 1 always go 2 bed b4 d oda. Good luck with that though. @ Dash ooooh dat sounds heavently here in South Africa we dnt knw snow lol!! but we hav lovely rainy weather. Cnt wait 4 my work to close for the holidays!

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