Raise your glass of water and celebrate as you say goodbye to the second trimester! At 27 weeks pregnant (the last week of 2nd trimester), your baby is getting more active breathing (not air, but amniotic fluid) and is showing tremendous progress in brain activity. You, too, have got a lot running through your head – from wondering what the birth will be like to picking the right pediatrician for your baby.
Looking ahead into the third trimester, you need to be prepared for some embarrassing moments. That is right! You will need to keep peeing regularly and your center of gravity will shift and make walking a daunting task. Do not worry much because it is temporary. It is time for the final lap! Are you ready?
Your Baby at 27 Weeks Pregnant
At 27 weeks pregnant, your baby has grown and reached the size of a lettuce head. Believe it or not, your baby now measures 14.5 inches and weighs 2.0 pounds! Your baby is not just getting bigger, but smarter too. Though the ears are covered in vernix, the auditory system has ample connection of nerves that help with hearing. Your little cutie can differentiate voices and respond to them. Impressive!
Your baby is so active! The little cutie is practicing harder as muscles develop. The kicks, punches, and rolls are getting stronger and more vivid. Now, you can also hear the heartbeats and regular hiccupping as your baby swallows amniotic fluid. Ask your partner to place his ear on your baby bump and feel the baby’s heartbeat. Well, the heart beats will become even more vivid in the coming months.
Your Body at 27 Weeks Pregnant
At 27 weeks pregnant, your body has added between 20 and 30 pounds. However, if you are pregnant with twins, the weight gain is likely to have hit 30-44 pounds. Note that twins develop at the same rate as single babies.
The fundal height (distance from the top of the uterus to the pelvic bone) has increased and is likely to be approximately 27 centimeters this week. The length of the fundal height in centimeters usually corresponds to the week of pregnancy.
As the fundal height increases, your belly skin will be stretched resulting in the addition of stretch marks. But it is not just the belly that will have stretch marks. Look closely because more stretch marks are likely to have developed on your breasts, thighs, and hands as your body packs more fat. Do not worry much about them because they will disappear after delivery.
27 Weeks Pregnant is How Many Months?
At 27 weeks pregnant, it implies that you are six months pregnant. To be precise, you are on the last week of the sixth month. Only three months are remaining! As you enter the third trimester, you should be prepared for more regular antenatal clinics; twice every month.
27 Weeks Pregnant Ultra Sound
If your pregnancy is not complicated, you are not likely to have an ultrasound this week. However, if your doctor recommends that you get an ultrasound scan; your baby will be seen practicing breathing as the lungs prepare for air exchange after delivery.
Your baby’s heart development can also be noted easily with an ultrasound scan. The blood is pumped through thousands of blood vessels networking throughout the body. The blood vessels will continue growing in the coming weeks as the blood become active in carrying nutrients to all parts of the body.
27 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
The annoying symptoms you have been experiencing in the last few weeks such as loss of balance and stretch marks are not about to go away! But you have probably crafted a way of dealing with them or even gotten used to them by now. Here are the common pregnancy symptoms to anticipate when 27 weeks pregnant.
Oops, your shoes are no longer fitting! At 27 weeks pregnant, you are likely to experience swelling on your feet (edema). Three to four pregnant women experience this swelling during pregnancy. The problem is caused by fluid retention because of increased blood flow in your lower part of the body and uterine pressure. To ease the problem, you should do regular walks and exercises to help increase the blood flow. You should also consider getting bigger shoes to use until delivery.
Oh, did you pee a little when you sneezed? This will become a common thing from week 27. The symptom is caused by your growing baby as it exerts pressure on your bladder. Now, any additional pressure like sneezing can result in some pee getting released. To avoid the embarrassing moments, go ahead and wear a pantyliner especially when going outdoors.
These are dark veins that develop on the rectum because of increased blood levels in the pelvic region. If you had not started experiencing hemorrhoids in the previous week, they are likely to start appearing on the 27th week. To reduce the pain that comes with hemorrhoids, you should take more water and food rich in fibers.
At 27 weeks pregnant, you might experience infrequent or difficult bowel movements. The high levels of the hormone progesterone can slow down your digestion while the growing uterus exerts pressure on the rectum. Well, you need to take food like veggies with a lot of fiber and do more Kegel exercises to learn how to control pelvic muscles.
You might have started experiencing a whitish vaginal discharge in the last couple of weeks. The discharge will continue in this week and could increase in the coming months until delivery. Though it is perfectly normal, you need to be on the lookout for changes in consistency, color, and odor because they could signal an infection such as bacterial vaginosis. Talk to your doctor if you notice such changes for an urgent test.
Hair and Skin Changes
Starting from the first week of pregnancy, your body has increased the production of melanin that makes the skin to appear darker. This is why your nipples get darker and linea nigra emerges from the belly button to the pelvis. You might also get chloasma (brown patches on the forehead, cheeks, and nose). Though these skin changes are temporary, you should protect yourself from ultraviolet (UV) radiation when going outside. UV radiation can worsen the patches.
Things to Do at 27 Weeks Pregnant
As the third trimester beckons, your growing baby belly is likely to make movement uncomfortable. You should consider using this week to complete some of the major tasks.
- Buy baby gear and furniture such as car seat, changing table, and crib. Remember to carefully check and ensure that they conform to the latest safety standards. For example, you might need to check the latest recalls and read through reviews of various baby products before purchasing.
- Participate in labor and birth classes. Take more time to listen to stories from moms who have recently delivered their babies. Even if some of them might be horrifying, go ahead and listen because they can help you to prepare adequately.
- Hold a meeting with your baby shower organizer to ensure that everything is ready. This will be a great moment to check the guests who have confirmed attendance. Take some time with planners reviewing some recent baby showers to learn new lessons on how to make yours more successful.
- Take more time with your partner. As the weeks progress, your pregnancy is likely to wreak havoc through new symptoms. From a lack of balance to multiple appointments, it can feel daunting and lonely. Therefore, get some time with your partner. Have your significant other accompany you to antenatal clinic, treat yourself to a weekend, and talk to your baby together.
27 Weeks Pregnant Checklist
- Pick a pediatrician for your baby.
- Learn more about birth plans. You could also start preparing one.
- Do regular birth exercises (Kegel exercises).
- Make a decision on who you want to be in the delivery room.
- Do you prefer hiring a trained labor coach (doula)? Get recommendations from your doctor and review the best candidate.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor at 27 Weeks Pregnant
- What is Rhesus factor and how does it affect my baby?
- Am I at risk of pre-term labor?
- Is my weight gain okay? What should I do to maintain a healthy weight gain?
At 27 weeks pregnant, two-thirds of your pregnancy journey is now done! You only have three months to the due date. Your baby has grown so much and your body is preparing for labor and delivery.
The last trimester will be a bumpy ride! Prepare for it and relax because you are about to complete the journey!
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