You’re 27 weeks pregnant: Here’s what to know + self-care tips

by BabyYumYum
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Reaching six months pregnant is a massive achievement that should be celebrated, but there are a few need-to-know things. Keep reading to learn all the essential details about being 27 weeks pregnant.

 

Your baby at 27 weeks is the size of a head of cauliflower. They are roughly 34.7cm from the top of their head to their heel (crown-heel length) and weigh approximately 1,039g. 

Twenty-seven weeks pregnant in months is six months, but you’ll be in your seventh month next week. From here on out, it may seem like time starts to fly by! 

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Your baby at 27 weeks of pregnancy

As the weeks pass, the milestones continue to add on. Your baby is getting bigger – and more imaginative. Here are the key developments expected around week 27 of pregnancy. 

Baby hiccups

If you notice a more steady, quick movement in your stomach these days, your little one may have a case of the hiccups. They don’t bother the baby at all and usually only last for a minute or two. 

Open eyes

By week 27, your baby’s eyelids are able to open and close. They can sense light from outside the womb and may even respond to it. To test this, shine a flashlight on your belly and see if you feel a little wiggle or kick in response. 

Lung development 

Your 27-week fetus lungs are working hard and continuing to develop. The alveoli (air sacs) are expanded in preparation for air exchange after birth. The lung cells are also producing surfactant, a substance that keeps the alveoli from collapsing. 

A 27-week foetus is also continuing to take “practice breaths”, but since there isn’t any air in the womb, they are using the amniotic fluid.

Your body at 27 weeks pregnant

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At 27 weeks of pregnancy, your little bundle of joy is starting to put quite a strain on your body. Here are some common symptoms you may notice as a result. 

  • Heat rash. You may have a heat rash if your skin starts to break out in small itchy bumps. A number of things can cause it. Your increased blood volume can lead to your body getting hot more quickly, which leads to increased sweating. Hormonal changes can also play a role in getting a heat rash. 

Most bumps appear in and around the creases of your body, like between the breasts and inner thighs. However, they can pop up anywhere. To help soothe your skin, apply a cool, damp compress to affected areas, or use a bit of Calamine lotion. 

  • Constipation. The culprit behind pregnancy constipation is your changing hormones. Progesterone, in particular, relaxes your muscles, including those that control your bowels. This slows down your body’s ability to remove waste from your body. To help speed things up, make sure to drink plenty of fluids, eat fibre-rich foods, and keep a regular pregnancy-safe exercise routine. 
  • Vaginal discharge. Clear or white-coloured vaginal discharge is totally normal during pregnancy. In fact, it’s actually a good thing. It helps prevent infections from travelling from the vagina up to the uterus. Although you can experience vaginal discharge during any stage of pregnancy, it tends to become more frequent the closer you get to your due date. 
  • Skin pigment changes. The skin pigment melanin increases its production during pregnancy, which can cause certain areas of your skin to get darker. This is common around the nipples and can even make them look bigger. 

You may also develop a dark line (called the linea nigra) running down your abdomen. Chloasma is another skin condition caused by an increase in melanin. This results in brownish patches around your face. These skin changes are normal and should fade after giving birth. 

Taking care of yourself during pregnancy week 27

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Focusing on your emotional and physical well-being during pregnancy is super important. 

Here are a few helpful tips and advice for taking care of yourself when pregnant at 27 weeks:

  • Start with a healthy breakfast. Nothing sets up a day better than a nutritious meal. It gives you energy for the day and helps you stay on track with healthy eating for your other meals. Here are a few delicious options packed with nutrients:

– Porridge topped with berries and almond butter
– Whole-grain cereal or granola topped with fruit and seeds
– Whole-grain toast topped with scrambled eggs, fresh salsa, and avocado
– Tofu scramble with sauteed veg and avocado
– An omelette filled with sauteed veggies 

  • Go shoe shopping. Losing your ligaments, bones, and tendons during pregnancy can cause your feet to grow. Additionally, gaining too much weight can cause your feet to become more expansive, which stretches your joints out more. 

Unlike most pregnancy symptoms that go away after giving birth, more giant feet are often here to stay. To prevent your feet from growing too much and help them stay comfortable, wear shoes that offer good arch support and allow for proper circulation. 

  • Remember the sunscreen. During pregnancy, your skin is more vulnerable to discolouration from sun exposure. There may seem like a million options on the market, and you might not know which ones are pregnancy-safe. 

A general rule to follow is to choose a mineral sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Those that list titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as active ingredients are great options. 

  • Stay active. Exercising while pregnant has many excellent benefits. It can boost your energy levels, prevent excess weight gain, and help you sleep better—just to name a few. Some women like to run during pregnancy, but this is usually only recommended if you are a runner before falling pregnant. 

Some women enjoy pregnancy yoga and pilates, while others prefer casual daily walks. All of these are beneficial and allow you to stay active. If you focus on the exercise you enjoy, you’ll be on the right path to keeping a healthy lifestyle. 

Frequently asked questions about the 27th week of pregnancy

It’s time to find out the best answers to some popular 27-week pregnancy questions.

Are you seven months pregnant at 27 weeks?

Although you’re coming close to being seven months pregnant, at 27 weeks, you’re not quite there yet and are still well within the six-month range.

What should you expect at week 27 of pregnancy?

The first thing to keep an eye out for is putting on some pounds. During your 27th week of pregnancy, it’s normal to feel bloated and constipated. Other 27-week pregnancy symptoms include some vaginal discharge and skin pigment discolouration.

How many months is a 27-week pregnant baby’s weight?

So, what exactly is the size of a baby at 27 weeks? Well, roughly the size of a head of a cauliflower, your little one should be weighing just above one kg.

You should also read: Six common baby ailments and how to treat them.

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