27 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
27 WEEKS PREGNANT
You’re 27 weeks pregnant and in the last week of the second trimester! The end of your pregnancy is quickly approaching, which means you need to start putting the finishing touches on all the preparations for your baby’s arrival! As these final few months go by, your excitement over meeting your little one finally is going to increase, and it might even turn into a bit of anxiousness, too. Just don’t get too anxious to meet your little one just yet – she still has some growing to do before she’ll be ready to meet you!
Right now, your baby is the size of a head of cauliflower. At 27 weeks, the average baby weighs about 1.9 pounds and measures approximately 14.4 inches long. Your peanut still has a few more pounds to pack on before birth.
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 27
By this time at 27 weeks pregnant, any new and uncomfortable or annoying pregnancy symptoms that pop up are no longer a surprise to you. You’re just going with the flow at this point. Thankfully, the pregnancy symptoms you’ll experience this week aren’t much different than those you’ve been experiencing already.
- Backaches. There’s a lot of pressure being placed on your back from that belly of yours that just keeps growing, so it’s no wonder your back aches pretty much constantly at this point. You can prop pillows behind your back when sitting and use pillows to support your back when lying down to alleviate some of those aches and pains. Placing a pillow between your legs when lying down on your side can help realign your hips and straighten out your back, which will relieve a lot of the pressure causing your back to ache.
- Leg cramps. Oh, those dreaded leg cramps that creep up on you at the most inopportune times – don’t you love them? Doing leg stretches, walking, and even flexing your feet can help to loosen up those tight muscles. Be sure you’re drinking plenty of water also because dehydration can make those leg cramps worse!
- Hemorrhoids. Every pregnant woman’s favorite symptom in the second and third trimesters. Hemorrhoids are generally caused by straining to go to the bathroom and from the extreme pressure the baby is putting on your organs and digestive system. They hurt and itch and may even make it feel like you’re involuntarily birthing an alien from the wrong area of your body!
- Constipation. Eating foods high in fiber can help make it easier to go to the bathroom. Drinking water and taking walks to keep things moving can also help. If you’re doing all these things and you’re still constipated, talk to your doctor about stool softeners or other supplements you can take that are safe for the baby.
- Peeing when you cough or sneeze. Oh, yes. It really does Even if you don’t feel like you have to pee, you may find yourself wetting your pants a bit when you cough or sneeze. Embarrassing! This is because of the pressure the baby is putting on your bladder. Wear pantiliners and maybe even carry a change of clothes around with you – just in case!
27 WEEK BABY BUMP
Aw! That baby bump of yours has grown faster than you expected it would – and it’s not stopping anytime soon! Your baby is going to be growing longer and gaining weight pretty fast from now until the end of your pregnancy, which means your belly is going to grow even larger as your baby does. This also means, you’re going to continue to gain weight – as if you haven’t gained enough already, right?
By 27 weeks pregnant, you should have gained somewhere in the range of between 15 and 30 pounds. If you were average weight before you got pregnant, you’ll fall somewhere in the middle of that range. If you were underweight, you should be closer to the 30-pound mark, and if you were overweight, you’ll have gained the least amount of weight.
If your weight is not where you doctor thinks it should be, he will let you know how you can get your weight gain back on track – whether that means gaining more or gaining less to get where you need to be weight-wise.
27 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
While an ultrasound at 27 weeks pregnant is unlikely, thoughts about what your baby looks like now and what things your baby can do at this point are probably always on your mind. Well, right now at 27 weeks, your baby has been practicing breathing and her taste buds have developed too. This means the baby can taste the things you eat through the amniotic fluid. Your baby may also get the hiccups from time to time now, too, especially if you eat something spicy!
Your baby’s brain is getting much closer to the final stages of development in the womb, and her little lungs are getting much stronger – so strong in fact that if you were to have your baby prematurely right now, she’d have a very good chance of survival with a little bit of medical assistance to help those lungs finish maturing.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 27 WEEKS PREGNANT?
Since you’re in the final week of the second trimester, the clock is going to start ticking a little bit faster from here on out. The time to get things ready for the baby’s arrival is dwindling down, so it’s a good time to get a move on with the preparations. Here are a few things you should be doing at 27 weeks pregnant to prepare for your baby’s birth:
- Choose a pediatrician. When you have the baby, the hospital is going to ask you who your pediatrician is, so you’re going to need to have one in mind before the baby is born.
- Create your birth plan. Now’s a good time to start creating your birth plan. Just keep in mind that even though you might have a birth plan, things don’t always go as expected, so be openminded about the possibility of last-minute changes to that birth plan.
- Take a birth class. You’re going to want to know what to expect on the big day, and the best way to do that is to take a birth class. You’ll also learn breathing exercises that can help you through your labor in these classes, which will especially help if you’re going for an unmedicated delivery!
- Sam C's Editorial Team