27 Weeks Pregnant (Fetal Age 25 Weeks)
Your Baby's Hearing and Taste Are Developing Further
27 weeks pregnant, both you and your baby are getting heavier and many side-effects of pregnancy may set in. Heartburn, leg cramps and shortness of breath are common.
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Better get used to it, because you will continue to get heavier and more uncomfortable in the three months to come!
Your baby's senses continue to develop and the eyes are opening up this week. If born and healthy he or she has 85% chance of surviving. Not bad!
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Fetal Development Week 27
This week is the last of the second trimester. Wow, 66% done.
27 weeks pregnant, your baby now weighs much like a head of a cauliflower - that's over two pounds, and hence two times the weight around two weeks ago. The length is nearly about 14 ½ inches long.
Your child now opens and closes her eyes, and sleeps and wakes up at regular intervals.
She may also be sucking her fingers during this time.
The brain continues to grow rapidly, more brain tissues develop, and retinas begin to form.
The lungs are still immature and are incapable of functioning without help at an outside environment.
You may begin to feel strange rhythmic movements in your tummy, which usually last a few minutes. No need to worry, they are just baby hiccups, which are common during this period.
Highlighted developments during this week are your baby's sense of taste and hearing. The auditory development for the sense of hearing still continues to progress as more network of nerves in the ears mature. She can hear sounds but these sounds are muffled by the creamy coating that is covering the ears. But she is still able to recognize voices and sounds. So better start playing those lullabies and nursery rhymes.
Your little one has more taste buds that are now well developed. Experiments show that babies in the womb prefer sweet to sour; just like most of us.
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Mom's Body Changes
This is the reason why sometimes you are experiencing shortness of breath when doing activities.
You may also start noticing new symptoms starting when 27 weeks pregnant. (More symptoms, is that even possible...?!)
If you had been experiencing backaches for the past few weeks, now you may notice that leg cramps are more likely to happen every now and then.
One reason for this is because your growing uterus is starting to put pressure on your veins and arteries, causing slow circulation to your lower extremities. Expect these cramps to worsen in the later part of the pregnancy and are more common to occur during the night.
If this happens, you have to dorsiflex your foot, meaning you have to move the instep of your foot upwards and bring it closer to the shin.
There is a tendency that you may experience mild swelling and edema in the feet, ankles, and hands during this week. This is also because of the pressure of the uterus on the veins and arteries, causing the fluids to accumulate in the body tissues of your lower extremities.
Be reminded that excessive swelling in the lower extremities, puffiness of the face, increased blood pressure, and dizziness is no longer normal at this point and may indicate danger signs of pregnancy. So better see your health care provider for they can sometimes be signs of preeclampsia - one of the high risks in pregnancy.
There are ways on how to prevent swelling. You can avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time. But if it can't be avoided, you should always elevate your feet at least 30 minutes at the end of the day - this is to allow proper circulation of blood.
All these weird things happening with your body! If you want to have a good laugh about it, read this hilarious book from someone who's definately "been there, done that".
27 Weeks Pregnant VideoIf seeing means believing for you; watch this video explaining the 27th week of pregnancy in pictures and words.
Diary of a DaughterWhat's it really like being 27 weeks pregnant...? Here's a true diary from a 27 weeks pregnant mom-to-be. (Me..!)
Diary Of A DaughterThis week I was moved to a hospital closer to home. A great relief! My belly remains pretty calm as long as I stay still.
I was scheduled for an ultrasound, and when I came there, they had this new mashine showing 3D pictures of the fetus. I saw my baby in detail; the nose, mouth, eyes, fingers toes, even the hair. They used me to educate the nurses on the new apparatus, so we checked my baby for 1 hour. It was absolutely wonderful.
They asked if they could check the gender too, but I said no. I would have loved to know, but my husband really doesn't want to.
My baby weighs slightly more than 2 pounds now, they said. So tiny. I really hope he/she gets to remain inside of me for several more weeks.
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