Hurrah! Welcome to the last week of the second trimester — the end is near and you can see the light!
Your baby, on the other hand, is fine-tuning skills of his own ... and let's just say your voice is music to his ears.
Don't be surprised if you suddenly start noticing little jumps in that growing belly of yours, either. Your little one might have a case of the hiccups!
Your Baby at Week 27
This week marks the end of the second trimester — which means you’re two thirds of the way there, mama! But you’re not the only one who’s come a long way…your baby has, too. Now tipping the scales at over two pounds, your wonderful work-in-progress has doubled in weight in the past month. (Better her than you, right?)
What’s new in the height department? Actually, a whole lot — including how that height is calculated. Those crown-to-rump measurements are now officially being traded in for the easier-to-picture head-to-heel measurement. So how tall is your ever-bigger baby bun at the dawning of the third trimester? A full 15 inches — more than a foot long!
What’s on baby’s menu these days? Lots and lots of amniotic fluid, which your little gourmand ingests in large quantities. Around a pint of amniotic fluid passes through baby’s digestive system per day, into her now fully functioning kidneys, and back out into the amniotic fluid as urine…and this ingestion-excretion cycle happens every three hours.
By the way, the amniotic fluid also serves as a two-way radio, thanks to the conductivity of fluid. You already know your little listener can hear your voices, but it goes the other way, too. If your partner patiently presses his ear to your belly, he may be able to hear that most precious sound of all — the thumpety-thump of your little one’s heartbeat.
At a Glance
27 weeks pregnant is how many months?
If you're 27 weeks pregnant, you're in month 6 of your pregnancy. Only 3 months left to go! Still have questions? Here's some more information on how weeks, months and trimesters are broken down in pregnancy.
How big is my baby at 27 weeks?
By the end of the second trimester, your baby is now measuring about 14½ inches — more than a foot long. His weight is creeping up the charts too, coming in at around 2 pounds. That's double what it was four weeks ago.
Most babies this age, yours included, still like to snuggle in a slightly curled position inside the uterus, thus the term "fetal position."
Baby recognizes your voices
Big news: Your baby may recognize both your and your partner's voices by now.
His auditory development, or hearing, is progressing as the network of nerves to the ears matures — though the sounds he hears are muffled thanks to the creamy coating of vernix covering them.
So this might be a good time to read and even sing to your baby — or rather, your tummy — and a good chance to start memorizing those nursery rhymes and lullabies you'll need to be repeating (and repeating) pretty soon.
While you're at it, here's another way to have some family fun at 27 weeks pregnant: Your partner might be able to hear baby's heartbeat by pressing an ear to your stomach.
Baby’s tasting...and hiccupping
Your baby's taste buds are very developed now, too — more than he will ever have outside the womb, actually. Need a taste test? If you eat some spicy food, your baby will be able to taste the difference in the amniotic fluid. Just keep in mind that you'll have different mealtimes, with his coming about two hours after yours.
Some babies will even respond to that spicy kick by hiccupping. And although hiccups, which feel like belly spasms to you, may seem like they're disturbing him, he isn't stressed at all. It's just one more sensation babies need to get used to.
Your Body at Week 27
Swelling and edema
Two weeks ago, your belly was a soccer ball — and by 27 weeks pregnant, your uterus has swelled to the size of a basketball. Unfortunately, that's not the only thing that's swelling.
Nearly 3 in 4 pregnant women experience mild swelling of the extremities — particularly the feet, ankles and hands — and it may kick into even higher gear around now.
Called edema, it occurs when fluids build up in your body tissues thanks (or no thanks) to increased blood flow and uterine pressure on the inferior vena cava, the large vein on the right side of your body that returns blood from your lower limbs to the heart.
While the puff factor is completely normal and temporary, now might be a good time to take off your rings and kick off those too-tight shoes.
And if it seems to be excessive, talk to your practitioner since it can be one sign of preeclampsia, though when it is, it's accompanied by a variety of other symptoms like elevated blood pressure and protein in the urine. If you aren’t experiencing these symptoms, you have nothing to worry about.
To spell swell relief, avoid sitting or standing for a long time, try some pregnancy-appropriate exercise like walking or swimming, if your practitioner okays it, and sit or sleep with your feet elevated. Hey, if anyone deserves to put those sore feet up, it's you!
Be sure, too, to drink enough each day; restricting fluid intake will not decrease swelling, but staying hydrated may. And try to look on the bright side: Edema is a temporary condition — you'll deflate completely soon after you give birth.
Soothe heat rash
Caused by the combination of an already overheated pregnant body, dampness from excessive perspiration and the friction of skin rubbing against itself or against clothing, as it tends to do when there’s more skin to rub, heat rash shows up as prickly, pimply, itchy, red patches on your skin.
It is most common in the crease between and beneath the breasts, in the crease where the bulge of the lower abdomen rubs against the top of the pubic area and on the inner thighs.
A cool, damp compress can take some of the heat out of your heat rash. A dab of calamine lotion can also be temporarily soothing and is safe to use. If any rash or irritation lasts longer than a couple of days, ask your practitioner about next steps.
Pregnancy Symptoms Week 27
Tips for You This Week
The two main culprits for bags under the eyes are water retention and fatigue, so try to get as much rest as possible and drink plenty of water to flush your system. The more you drink, the less you retain.
Still puffier than you'd like? Here are some quick fixes: Because dark circles and under-eye bags tend to be more prominent in the morning, place something cool over your eyes when you first wake up. Try the always-favorite cool cucumber slices, cold tea bags, chilled spoons or a bag of frozen blueberries. Concealer and mascara can help too, if you're so inclined.
You may already know this, but you won't be allowed to drive home from the hospital with your newborn if you don’t have a car seat.
It's likely the first piece of baby gear you'll use — and one of the most important — so there's a lot to consider when you're shopping for an infant car seat. Before buying, always brush up on recent recalls to make sure the kind you settle on isn't on the list.
Heard conflicting salmon stories? "Eat lots of it — it's good for you!" or "Make sure you don't eat too much — it's bad for you!"
Salmon's definitely one of nature's best providers of DHA, a brain- and mood-boosting omega-3 fatty acid that's good for babies and moms.
Try to opt for wild, which also contains more of those healthy fats, or organically raised farmed.
Can't find either? Just follow these tips, no matter what fish you're choosing: Go skinless, trim dark meat thoroughly and cook your fillet through. Most of the chemicals found in fish accumulate in skin and dark meat, and a thorough cooking will get rid of what's left.
Chances are, you'll never need to save your baby's life. But emergencies occasionally do happen, even when you're vigilant.
Luckily, with a little preparation, you can be ready to act in the unlikely event that you'd need to. Sign up for an infant CPR class — many are also offered virtually.
Now that you're pumping for two, it's more important than ever to keep an eye on your heart rate when you're exercising.
The best way to check how much you're exerting yourself is to use the exercise talk test — no need to take your pulse! If you can't exercise and talk simultaneously, your heart rate is probably too high.
If restless leg syndrome is driving you crazy, try keeping a food journal and note what you ate before you experience bouts of RLS.
Some find that certain foods — such as carbs eaten late in the day — may trigger restless legs. A journal may help you figure out what foods make your symptoms improve or worsen.
We know you’re gassy and bloated. It’s normal! To help curb the problem, you may want to swap flatulence-causing foods like broccoli and asparagus for less-gassy spinach and carrots.
Also make sure to drink plenty of water and opt for smaller meals — the more food you take in during one sitting, the more gas you'll expel later on.
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