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27 Weeks Pregnant

September 25, 2019

27 Weeks Pregnant

27 Weeks Pregnant
27 Weeks Pregnant

How Big is Your Baby at 27 Weeks?

Your baby is 14.4 inches long and weighs 1.9 pounds this week. That’s about the size of a Barbie.

Here’s what else to know when you’re 27 weeks pregnant:

Your Baby’s Development at 27 Weeks

In fun fetal development news, brain waves are creating baby sleep cycles, and your baby may even be dreaming! Here’s what else may be happening this week.

  • Eyes: Your baby’s eyes are starting to open, and they are practicing opening and closing them. 👀
  • Hiccups: Baby is also starting to hiccup. While they won’t make any noise, you might feel them as tiny sudden jumps or flinches in your belly.
  • Listening in: It may be an exciting week for partners too! At the 27th week of pregnancy, baby is likely able to distinguish your voice from theirs. If they push their ear to your belly, they may even be able to hear baby’s heartbeat.
  • Baby’s brain development: Your little smarty pants now has an active brain. Their brain tissue is still developing, but the brainstem is almost completely mature—it controls heart rate, blood pressure and breathing.

Fun Fact

Most umbilical cords are around 20” long.

27 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 27

Photo by Tommy’s

💛 Congratulations 💛

You’re almost done with the second trimester!

Your Body: 27 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

You may be feeling those “fake” contractions more frequently now. If they’re coming on more than usual, try drinking water and getting a little extra rest.

  • Braxton Hicks contractions: Feeling contractions already? Braxton Hicks are totally normal. If you have more than four contractions in an hour, though, call your on-call nurse or midwife.
  • Higher blood pressure: Though a mild increase in blood pressure is somewhat normal when you’re 27 weeks pregnant, your doctor will be keeping an eye on your blood pressure to make sure you aren’t developing preeclampsia, especially after 20 weeks pregannt.
  • Mood swings: Feeling like an angry mama bear? Pregnancy can make some women more aggressive because your body is priming you to protect your young. If you breastfeed, these feelings could increase after birth because of lactational aggression.
  • Abdominal pain: Round ligament pain—from all the stretching your bod’s doing—is a common cause of stomach pain. So are constipation and gas. But if you’re getting severe or persistent pain, or you have other symptoms, such as bleeding, it could be something more serious. Also, sensations that feel like menstrual cramps and pelvic pressure—downward pushing—should be checked out.
  • Restless legs: Can’t seem to keep your legs still at night? Restless legs syndrome is another not-so-fun condition that can crop up during pregnancy. You might feel an ache, a creepy-crawly feeling or just weirdness in your legs that drives you nuts. A warm bath or shower, massage and/or stretching can help in the short term. And getting exercise during the day may help you sleep better. Also, mention it to your doc, since low levels or certain nutrients can contribute to RLS, and they might recommend a specific supplement. (But don’t take anything without their OK!)

Your Life at 27 Weeks Pregnant

As you settle into the last days of the second trimester, keep being kind to yourself and your body.

  • Top tip: Sleep in—as long and as often as possible. Lounging around is going to be a major luxury soon, so take full advantage of lazy mornings. When you get hungry, go ahead and eat in bed. Crumbs? Who cares! You’ll get to those later, when you’re well rested.
  • Get ready: When it comes to breastfeeding, you may be thinking, boobs + hungry baby = successful breastfeeding, right? But depending on your baby’s ability to latch, your milk supply and a whole bunch of other factors, breastfeeding can be far more complicated than it appears. If you decide you want to try it, get the downlow on the letdown, plugged ducts and other ins and outs of breastfeeding and look for classes in your area (La Leche League is a good resource) and check out The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Latch and The Nursing Mother’s Companion for informative reads.
  • Something to consider: A warm mug of magnesium before bed doesn’t sound all that enticing, but Calm, which comes as a powder you mix into water, can relax your muscles to help you sleep easier, improve restless leg syndrome and reduce constipation. As with all supplements during pregnancy, check with your doctor to ask about a serving size that’s right for you.
  • Helpful hint: Always stop for a bathroom break, even if you don’t technically need to go. As your uterus grows, your bladder shrinks. Sneak as many trips to the bathroom as necessary to avoid emergencies.

Your 27 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Your fundal height is around 25 to 29 centimeters; you really don’t need to worry about this measurement, but your doc will check it at your next visit to help track baby’s growth and amniotic fluid levels. It’s normal to have a spike in weight gain around this time, and you shouldn’t beat yourself up about it if you gain more than the recommended pound or two during a week. But continue to try to make healthy food choices and exercise. Healthy weight gain during pregnancy will reduce your risk of complications.

27 Weeks Baby Movement

You’re probably feeling much more movement inside that belly of yours! Try doing kick counts—they’re an easy way to monitor your baby’s health.

How should you do them? Once a day take a few minutes to pay extra attention to what’s going on inside. You want to feel 10 distinct movements within two hours—though it usually takes around five minutes to get there. Try to do your kick counts around the same time every day, and record baby’s movements and how long it took to reach 10 of them.

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27 Weeks Pregnant Checklist

  • Sleep in!
  • Start doing kick counts.
  • Reevaluate your workout. During the third trimester, you may want to modify a bit. Listen to your body.
  • Planning on breastfeeding? Sign up for a pre-baby breastfeeding class at your local hospital or parenting resource center.
  • Schedule a few daycare tours.
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