Introduction A baby takes about 40 weeks to grow from the size of a tiny seed to that of a plump watermelon. At week 27, the baby weighs about 875 grams and is more less the same size as the head of cauliflower. The length of the baby from the crown to the heal is about 36.6 cm. It’s a very exciting week in the life of the baby as for the first time the baby is able to open his/her eyes. The baby now has more regular phases of sleeping and waking and this is reflected in the movements within the womb. During sleep, the baby is likely to start experiencing rapid eye movement (REM) periods equivalent to the dreaming sessions in an adult. During the dreams, the eyes will dart back and forth despite the closed eyelids and you may experience this as an occasional twitching in your womb.
Pregnancy Week 27 The 27th week is at the start of the 6th month and this comes just immediately after the second trimester. At this time, the baby is breathing (the amniotic fluids not air) and showing some brain activities. At this stage, a mother is thinking more about how the baby will be born and who is the best pediatrician for the baby. The mother is also preparing for the third trimester and there a number of unexpected changes the body undergoes. One of such changes is peeing most of the time even when you don’t mean to do it. It’s a temporary situation and should not worry you at all. When you are 27 weeks pregnant, all you need to know is that you are in the late stages of the pregnancy and hence need to get ready for the home stretch.
Pregnancy Week 27 Symptoms The most common symptoms during the 27th week are: a) Leg cramps – the leg cramps will be very common and you need to keep stretching the legs to minimize them. Flexing the feet and drinking lots of water can help in preventing these cramps. b) Backaches – backaches arise from the pressure exerted on the back during sleep. One way of dealing with this situation is to stretch the back gently. You also need to consider sleeping on a huge pillow so as to ease the pressure on your hips as you try to get a comfortable position for the back. c) Constipation – some time you may have done all it takes to avoid constipation but it just still occurs. Some of the common ways of minimizing constipation are taking plenty of walks, eating lots of fibrous foods and taking plenty of water. You can talk to your doctor to see if it’s safe to take a stool softener or a fiber supplement. d) Hemorrhoids – with the pressure the baby is exerting on your lower half, a strenuous experience in the bathroom is not one of the best things you want. It is a 27th week symptom and you just have to live with it as it’s temporal. e) Skin, hair and nail changes – your skin, hair and nails may grow thicker or faster during this period. They might also get more brittle than before. f) Snissing – at this stage the baby is putting a lot of pressure on the bladder and you are likely to experience unexpected peeing when sneezing. One way of minimizing these unexpected moments is to do regular visits to the bathroom so as to empty your bladder.
Pregnancy Week 27 Belly At this stage you are likely to gain between 15 and 30 pounds of weight. Some people gain more weight than is recommended and hence you obstetrician can advise on case to case basis. If you need to slow down your weight gain, then you will be given the tips on how to do it. Sticking to the recommended weight is critical in minimizing the risks associated with preterm labor and pregnancy complications. Avoiding extra weight is also good for your own flexibility during the last trimester of the pregnancy.
Pregnancy Week 27 Ultrasound The baby at 27 weeks is practicing inhaling and exhaling using their rapidly growing lungs. The brain activity is also visible at this stage and it will keep getting more complex as the baby grows. Without any complications, a 27 week ultrasound may not be necessary. A week later is when you will be required to start visiting the doctor at least twice a month.
Pregnancy Checklist at Pregnancy Week 27 This is the right time to do the following: a) Decide on your pediatrician. b) Identify the person(s) who will be with you in the delivery room. c) Plan for the birth. d) Practice the labor exercises.