27 Weeks Pregnant
Your Pregnancy Week by Week
Your Baby at 27 WeeksSize: 14.41 inches (36.6cm) - crown to heel
Weight: 1.93 pound (875 grams)
Eye see you! Your baby's retinas - or the light-catching lining of the back of the eye - is developing more every day, and your baby will soon be able to adjust to light images. You may be able to notice a very clear sleep and wake cycle for your baby as well. Periods of greater activity as well as times of quiet are normal. Just notify your doctor if you go longer than an hour without feeling any movement at all. If you are unsure if you feel any movement, lay down on your left side, have a large glass of water and wait - if you are lying still it's more likely that you will notice those tiny pushes and prods that you might have been missing earlier.
Have you been feeling any rhythmic jumps? Babies often begin to have hiccups around this point, and they may continue throughout the rest of your pregnancy. What may feel like tiny little spasms inside your belly are actually the baby's diaphragm reacting - don't worry it's no more dangerous for your baby than it is for you. But it does seem that some babies have them much more frequently than others.
With a body weight close to that of a head of cauliflower, every day brings your baby closer to a viable birth weight, and while delivering your baby at this time certainly wouldn't be ideal, babies born this week can often survive with intensive care therapy.
Mom at 27 Weeks PregnantWelcome to the first week of your third trimester! Weeks 27 through 40 signal your last several doctor's visits and plenty of plans for baby's arrival. No doubt the weeks have gone quickly and some of it may feel like a bit of a blur, but the coming days will be filled with the anticipation of your baby's arrival, preparations for baby, and maybe even a baby shower or two.
Your belly is growing quickly and the top of your uterus is now about two to three inches above your belly button. You look and feel pregnant, and strangers may begin to try to touch your belly - it's okay to say no.
If you are planning to enroll in any prenatal classes, now is the time to do so. These classes will teach you breathing techniques, physiology of child birth, coping techniques and what to expect during your hospital stay. If you haven't already considered drawing up a birth plan, take pen to paper and be ready to discuss those ideas with your doctor.
Coming weeks will result in more frequent trips to your physician's office for monitoring of both you and your baby. Starting around week 28 you will usually begin seeing your doctor twice per month. The last month or two of any pregnancy and can trigger complications that were not present in previous days. You may expect to have your blood pressure, weight, and urine checked with every visit which can help identify any signs of blood pressure complications. Make sure to let your doctor know if you notice a significant amount of new swelling, especially around your nose and eyes. Any headaches, chest pain, or nosebleeds should be reported to your physician as soon as possible.
Increasing weight from your uterus pressing down on your lower extremities prevents blood flow from pumping back up through the legs and could be creating some circulation problems.
Poor circulation in conjunction with pregnancy hormones increases your chances of developing those troublesome leg cramps especially at night. If you notice you are having them frequently, try to stretch your leg - bending and flexing your foot until you gain relief. For some women attempting to walk on that leg until the cramp eases off is helpful. A decrease in circulation may also bring on those unsightly (and sometimes painful) varicose veins in the legs. In some cases, more supportive socks or compression hose can help promote circulation.
Hopefully, you have been pacing yourself in an effort to keep your weight in check. Remember that your overall goal is no more than 25-35 pounds, depending on where you started at. If you were very thin, or a bit heavier when you conceived your doctor may give you instructions to gain a little less, or a little more.
Make decisions. Even though there is much excitement surrounding the arrival of your baby, don't forget to sit down and make some very important decisions. For example, if you are having a baby boy, do you want your baby circumcised? Have you considered your future birth control needs? Have you enrolled for childbirth, breast-feeding, or parenting classes? There are still so many things to think about!