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Guide to Being 27 Weeks Pregnant


Some Things to Consider
It's time to start planning maternity leave, if you plan to take any.
It's time to start planning maternity leave, if you plan to take any.
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It's the last week of the second trimester, which means you've got three months until you bring home a brand-new baby. If you haven't yet, you probably want to get moving on:

  • The car seat, since you can't take your baby home without it, and you may want to get the installation inspected by a pro before the big day (fire stations do this; hospitals may also have someone on staff)
  • Childbirth classes, since most of them run six-to-eight weeks and you want to be done before the contractions start
  • Setting up maternity leave, if that applies to you
  • Help at home after delivery (family member, friend, doula) and/or childcare (some places have waitlists)

Other things to keep in mind this week include:

  • Mom-to-be's physical capacities are getting more limited. Heavy lifting and standing on ladders, for instance, should be avoided.
  • If you have any pregnancy complications now, vigorous exercise may no longer be safe, so be sure to check with your doctor before you go running.

And, at last, a few things you can probably wave off.


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