27 Weeks Pregnant
Your partner's cravings are beginning to kick in right about now. Try your best to suggest healthy snacks, but realize at this point, your suggestions may not carry a lot of weight.
Although the mother's body instinctively nourishes and protects her baby during pregnancy, caring for a newborn is a learned skill. First-time parents may want to consider signing up for childbirth classes through their local community center or hospital. In these classes, parents will learn about topics such as:
- Options for pain relief during delivery
- What to expect after delivery
- Common newborn problems
- Breastfeeding versus formula feeding
- Infant CPR.
As your body starts producing more progesterone, it causes your muscles to relax. This includes the muscles in your intestines, which causes the movement of food to slow down. While it takes longer for the food to digest, your intestines absorb more water from the food, causing you to become constipated.
Constipation also increases throughout pregnancy because as the uterus increases in size, it pushes on the intestines, affecting its ability to function properly.
Make sure to drink extra fluids and increase your fiber intake throughout your pregnancy!