What does FMF stand for in my antenatal records? Learn what your antenatal records are telling you about you at your second trimester of pregnancy at week 13.
How can I relieve my pregnancy constipation? Dr Carol Cooper guides you through your second trimester of pregnancy and answers your questions about week 14 here.
When will my baby bump start to show? Learn about week 15 of your pregnancy and how your uterus grows in your second trimester here.
Are my bleeding gums connected to my pregnancy? Dr Carol Cooper explains common second trimester pregnancy symptoms, including gum problems.
Pregnancy hormones taking over? Dr Carol Cooper explains why your pregnancy is making you emotional at week 17 and shares advice on staying calm during your second trimester.
How do I know if the fluttering I’m feeling is my baby moving or just my body? Find out more about week 18 of pregnancy and all about your second trimester.
Is it normal for my skin to look patchy during my first trimester of pregnancy? Dr Carol Cooper answers your week 19 pregnancy questions here.
What does the anomaly scan in your second trimester look for? Find out about your 20 week scan from Dr Carol Cooper here.
Could I have varicose veins? Find out the symptoms of varicose veins and how to cope with them in week 21 of your second trimester pregnancy.
How can I relieve my back pain in pregnancy? Dr Carol Cooper answers your common second trimester pregnancy questions and explains more about week 22 here..
Are you being treated unfairly at work because of pregnancy? Find out what you can do here as well as what to expect in your second trimester at week 23.
Is it normal for my baby to become more active after sex? Dr Carol Cooper answers your common second trimester pregnancy questions here and explains what to expect at week 24 here.
Could I be in preterm labour? Learn the signs of preterm labour and find out about week 25 in your second trimester here.
Why do I need a glucose tolerance test at week 26? Find out the risks and signs of gestational diabetes in your second trimester here.
Why do I need injections of anti-D during my second trimester of pregnancy? Find out about rhesus disease and if you’re at risk at week 27 here.
At 27 weeks your baby is likely to tip the scales at over 1kg1. His retina is now complete and his eyes matured, ready to see the world1. Even within the womb he has eye lashes and is opening and shutting his eyes frequently1 .
Rhesus disease occurs when antibodies in your blood attack your baby’s blood cells, causing him to become anaemic1. During the course of your pregnancy your blood will be tested to determine if you are rhesus negative1.
There is no need for concern if you find that you are rhesus negative. You will be given anti-D injections which work by cleansing your blood of any rhesus positive cells your baby may have transferred to you1. This is turn stops your body from producing the antibodies which can harm your baby1.
Dr Carol Cooper, General Practitioner
Author of Pregnancy Essentials
1. Cooper, C., 2008. Pregnancy Essentials. London: Ryland Peters and Small.
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