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27 weeks pregnantWhen you are 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.

How about you? Vote in this poll on pregnancy body changes! 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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Your Baby’s Development

27 weeks ultrasoundThe fetal age of your baby is now 25 weeks. 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 (900 gr), and hence two times the weight around two weeks ago. The length is nearly about 14.5 inches long (36.8 cm).

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 singing 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.

Mom’s Body

27 weeks pregnant bellyYour tummy may be as big as a basketball during this time. It is still continuing to rise up and is now getting closer to your rib cage – not allowing space for your lung to fully expand.

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.

If you haven’t started to attend a prenatal birth class yet, it is soon time!

Week 27 Pregnancy Video

Diary of a Daughter


What’s it really like being 27 weeks pregnant…? Here’s a true diary from a 27 weeks pregnant mom (Me..!)
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This 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 machine 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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Are you also 27 weeks pregnant? Please share your experiences and thoughts by leaving a comment below!

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References:
MayoClinic (2011), Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Joanne Stone MD and Keith Eddleman MD (2008) The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood
Nilsson, L; Hamberger, L. (2004) A Child Is Born.
Soderberg, L. (2010) Mammapraktika. B Wahlstroms.
Image: Image of 27 weeks belly by Graham and Sheila

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