Pregnancy
27 weeks and 3 days pregnant

This baby is at the end of a yawn. Your baby is yawning in a more co-ordinated way now with one yawn often following another. It may look as if this image shows the fingertips in the bottom right but in fact it is a foot, brought nearly up to the mouth.

Pregnancy is a subject about which everybody has an opinion they want to share with you, whether you like it or not.

Although you may have become very proud and protective of your bump, it can be extremely irritating if other people become over-protective of you. You may find that everyone has an opinion on your pregnancy, and what you should and should not be doing to stay healthy. Some women find all the attention comforting, but others find it frustrating or suffocating. If you’re someone who finds all the advice difficult to handle, try to remember that people mean well.

Of course, it’s your body, and you’ll do what is best for you and your baby. If it’s all getting too much, then try talking to the main offenders, often a partner, mother, or mother-in-law. Explain that you’re trying your best and that you’re aware of what you should and shouldn’t do while you’re pregnant and are following the advice of your doctors and midwives. Politely thank them for their input and reassure them that you’re taking good care of yourself and your baby.

About a quarter of first-time mums develop high blood pressure in pregnancy. High blood pressure can be an indication of pre-eclampsia (along with protein in the urine). Pre-eclampsia can affect the liver and kidneys and, if untreated, lead to eclampsia, a serious condition that causes convulsions. If you have pre-eclampsia, your midwife will closely monitor your blood pressure. Medication will be offered until you are far enough into your pregnancy for it to be induced or to have a Caesarean.

Are you wafting through pregnancy feeling fresh as a daisy? It’s rarely discussed, but being pregnant may make you feel less fragrant than usual, not least because you will sweat more than before – although it’s unlikely that anyone else will have noticed. An increase in vaginal discharge is also nothing to worry about, but if it smells offensive or is yellowish or greenish in colour, you could have an infection so see your doctor. To stay smelling sweet:

  • Shower or bath regularly and apply deodorant every time. Take handy wipes with you to stay fresh all day.

  • Use body sprays and lotions if your usual fragrance doesn’t smell “right”: they tend to be lighter and are less likely to cause headaches.

  • Avoid wearing tight clothing: wear loose clothes in natural fabrics, which absorb sweat and allow your skin to breathe.

  • Wear cotton underwear, and change it more often, if necessary.

  • Use disposable panty liners, if needed, to stay feeling fresh.

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Choose the perfume you put on carefully as you may find that some scents, even one you’re used to wearing, make you feel nauseous or light-headed during pregnancy.

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