27 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms, Belly Size & More! 

27 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms, Belly Size & More! 

31 Dec 2016 | 6 min Read

Nidhi Pandey

Author | 27 Articles

With the arrival of your 27th week, your pregnancy has now stepped into the third and the final trimester! Isn’t that great news? You are already through two -thirds of your total pregnancy and are only a few weeks away from motherhood! Your baby is now almost one kilo in weight and is about 14½ inches long. Their skin still appears wrinkled due to the amniotic fluid but is well protected by the vernix, which is the whitish substance that covers it. Your baby is also swallowing a lot of amniotic fluid now which fills theirlittle tummy.

Your little person now has regular sleeping and waking patterns and is able to open and shut their eyes. The lungs are not yet mature and your baby will need a lot of help to survive outside the womb if born at this stage. 

Let’s learn more about the 27 weeks pregnant symptoms and also your baby’s size and development. 

27 Week Foetus Development 

At 27 weeks pregnant, babies go to sleep and wake up at regular intervals, blinking their eyelids and possibly sucking their fingers. Your baby’s brain is incredibly active right now and additional brain tissue continues to form.

How Big Is A Baby During 27 Weeks Pregnancy?

Your baby is around 14 ½ inches long and weighs almost 2 lbs- almost about as much as a head of cauliflower.

27 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

Your backache might increase from this week  on, so make sure you do  back exercises on a regular basis. You might sometimes feel small, ‘knocking’ movements in your stomach. This is nothing but your baby hiccupping. 

This is the right time for you to note down a birth plan along with your partner. A birth plan is just a list of preferences you have around the time of your delivery. These could include things like:

  • When you would like to go to the hospital (immediately after you experience pain or after your water breaks etc.)
  • Who you would like to have around you at the time of birth (spouse, mother or mother-in-law).
  • Your position on medicated pain relief or other natural methods that you would like to try if having a normal delivery (epidural, unmedicated birth, use of props such as a birthing ball etc.)
  • How  would you like to initiate breastfeeding (immediately after birth or in the presence of a lactation consultant etc.)

You might not be able to remember too many things when you are actually in labour so keeping your partner aware of your birth plan can be very helpful. Most doctors are usually open to discussing preferences, so take your birth plan along to the next doctor’s visit. However, remember to be flexible as sometimes, deliveries do not go as planned. 

Physical Development

You might start gaining weight more rapidly now and this might suddenly be very noticeable. Continue wearing loose, comfortable clothes and proper footwear. 

Emotional Development

As the second trimester draws to a close, you might be feeling a little more excited about the D-day inching closer. Travelling outside the city might be restricted from now on but you can still plan to do a lot in and around the city.

Your Body At 27 Weeks Pregnancy

Feeling tired, and snoring are very common signs of 27 weeks pregnancy or pregnancy month 6 that you might  experience.

27 Weeks Pregnant Belly Pictures 

27 weeks pregnant
Image credit: Babycentre.com

27 Weeks Fetus Pictures 

27 weeks pregnant image
Image credit: Flo.health

27 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound: Do You Need It?

You can now opt for Multiple Marker Screen Test (MMST) and Amniocentesis which can identify genetic diseases such as neural tube defects, chromosomal abnormalities, and others. Although it is generally thought to be risk-free, discuss the test with your doctor before deciding whether or not you want to undergo this 27 weeks pregnant ultrasound. 

Self Care Tips And Checklists For 27 Weeks Pregnancy

Here are some self care tips and checklists for leading the healthiest life possible during your 27 weeks pregnancy. 

  • If you haven’t already, begin taking prenatal vitamins that contain folic acid.
  • Make a family health history with your partner, taking into account any chromosomal or genetic problems.
  • Focus on leading a healthy lifestyle and quit smoking.
  • Take the time right now to research your options for childbirth classes and enrol in the one that best suits your labour and delivery needs.
  • Do light exercises or else walking to get your body moving.
  • Spend time outdoors. 
  • Do a skincare routine at least 3-4 days a week to make your skin glowing and supple.
  • Make sure you are taking adequate amounts of naps throughout the day to energise youTreat yourself. You deserve some “me time” because you’ve been working so hard.

FAQs

Is the baby fully developed at 27 weeks?

Your baby can now open and close their eyes. Also, your baby may move in response to light: If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, you might feel a burst of flutters and wiggles.

What are signs of a healthy pregnancy at 27 weeks?

Mental and physical exhaustion, shortness of breath, back aches, heartburn, swelling of the ankles, fingers, or face, haemorrhoids, and trouble sleeping.

How does a baby look at 27 weeks in the womb?

Your baby looks as much as a head of cauliflower at 27 weeks pregnant.

What should be the 27 week pregnancy diet?

Try to eat healthily with plenty of fresh fruit and veg, and avoid processed, fatty and salty foods. 

How often should a baby kick at 27 weeks?

In general, you should feel about six to 10 movements over the course of two hours.

Takeaway

If you are gaining more than a kilo and a half per month then watch out. This could be a sign of gestational diabetes or fluid retention. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can also make delivery difficult. Excess flab can make passing the baby more difficult! Another myth around predicting a baby’s gender is that if an expecting mum eats the ends of a piece of bread, then she’s carrying a baby boy and if she feels like eating only the centre, then it’s a baby girl. Don’t  read too much into these myths, it’s better to just be amused by them.

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