Are you getting Braxton Hicks contractions at 27 weeks? And your kid might start dreaming as soon as this week!
At 27 weeks, how big is your baby?
This week, your baby is 14.4 inches long and weighs 1.9 pounds. That is around the size of a Barbie.
Here’s what more you should know if you’re 27 weeks pregnant:
- Your Child
- Your Body
- Your Existence
- Ultrasound at 27 Weeks
- At 27 Weeks, a Real Mom Gets Pregnant
Your Baby’s Development at 27 Weeks Pregnant
In exciting fetal development news, brain waves are causing infant sleep cycles, and your baby may be dreaming! Here’s what else could be going on this week.
- Eyes: Your baby’s eyes are starting to open and shut.
- Hiccups: The baby is also beginning to hiccup. While they won’t make any noise, you may notice them as little, quick leaps or flinches in your stomach.
- Listening in: This might be an amazing week for partners as well! Baby is likely to be able to identify your voice from theirs by the 27th week of pregnancy. They may be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat if they put their ear to your tummy.
- Brain growth in your baby: Your little smarty pants now have an active brain. Their brain matter is still forming, but the brainstem—which governs heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing—is nearly complete.
Ultrasound at 27 Weeks Pregnancy
Your Body: Pregnancy Symptoms at 27 Weeks
You may be experiencing more “false” contractions now. If they’re bothering you more than normal, consider drinking some water and getting some additional rest.
- Braxton Hicks contractions: Are you already experiencing contractions? Braxton Hicks syndrome is completely natural. Call your on-call nurse or midwife if you experience more than four contractions in an hour.
- Increased blood pressure: Though a slight increase in blood pressure is common when you’re 27 weeks pregnant, your doctor will monitor your blood pressure to ensure you don’t get preeclampsia, especially after 20 weeks.
- Swings in the mood: Feeling like a wrathful momma bear? Because your body is training you to defend your child, pregnancy might make some women more violent. Because of lactational hostility, these sentiments may worsen if you breastfeed.
- Pain in the abdomen: Round ligament discomfort, caused by all of your body’s stretching, is a typical cause of stomach pain. Constipation and gas are other symptoms. However, if you are experiencing severe or chronic pain, or if you have other symptoms, such as bleeding, it might be a sign of something more serious. In addition, menstrual cramps and pelvic pressure (downward pressing) should be investigated.
- Restless legs: Having trouble keeping your legs motionless at night? Another unappealing symptom that can occur during pregnancy is restless legs syndrome. You may have an aching, a creepy-crawly sensation, or plain strangeness in your legs that drives you insane. In the short term, a warm bath or shower, massage, and/or stretching might be beneficial. Getting some activity throughout the day may also help you sleep better at night. Mention it to your doctor as well, because low levels of particular minerals can lead to RLS, and they may suggest a specific supplement. (However, don’t steal anything without their permission!)
Your Life When You’re 27 Weeks Pregnant
As you near the end of the second trimester, remember to be kind with yourself and your body.
- Top tip: Sleep in as much as possible and for as long as feasible. Lounging around will soon be considered a luxury, so make the most of your leisurely mornings. If you are hungry, you can eat in bed. Crumbs? What does it matter? You’ll get to those later after you’ve had a chance to relax.
- Prepare yourself: When it comes to nursing, you might believe that boobs with a hungry infant equal good breastfeeding. However, breastfeeding may be significantly more difficult than it looks, depending on your baby’s ability to latch, your milk supply, and a variety of other circumstances. If you decide to give it a shot, learn about the letdown, clogged ducts, and other intricacies of breastfeeding and search for seminars in your area (La Leche League is a fantastic resource) as well as readings like The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Latch, and The Nursing Mother’s Companion.
- Consider the following: A warm cup of magnesium before bed may not seem appealing, but Calm, a powder that you put into water, can relax your muscles to help you sleep better, alleviate restless limb syndrome, and reduce constipation. As with any supplements during pregnancy, consult your doctor to determine the appropriate serving amount for you.
- Helpful hint: Always take a restroom break, even if you don’t think you need it. Your bladder decreases as your uterus expands. To avoid crises, make as many trips to the bathroom as you need to.
Your Pregnant Belly at 27 Weeks
Your fundal height is around 25 to 29 centimeters; you don’t need to be concerned about this measurement, but your doctor will check it at your next appointment to assist track the baby’s progress and amniotic fluid levels. It’s natural to acquire extra weight around this time, and you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself if you gain more than the suggested pound or two in a week. However, continue to make good eating choices and exercise. A healthy weight increase throughout pregnancy will lower your chances of issues.
Baby Movement at 27 Weeks
You’re definitely experiencing a lot more activity within your tummy! Kick counts are a simple approach to monitoring your baby’s health.
How should you go about it? Take a few minutes once a day to pay close attention to what’s going on within. You aim to feel ten separate motions in two hours, however it normally takes around five minutes. Try to conduct your kick counts at the same time every day, and keep track of your baby’s movements and how long it takes to complete 10 of them.
Real Moms’ 27-Week-Old Baby Bump