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 they weigh approximately 1,039g.
27 weeks pregnant in months is six months – but next week you’ll be in your seventh month. From here on out, it may seem like time starts to fly by!
Your baby at 27 weeks
As the weeks pass, the milestones continue to add on. Your baby is getting bigger – and smarter. Here are the key developments expected around week 27 of pregnancy.
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.
By week 27, your baby’s eyelids are able to open and close. They can sense light from outside of the womb, and may even respond to it. To test it out, shine a flashlight on your belly and see if you feel a little wiggle or kick in response.
Your baby’s lungs are working hard and continuing to develop. The alveoli (air sacs) are expanding 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 fetus 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
At 27 weeks pregnant, your little bundle of joy is starting to put quite the strain on your body. Here are some common symptoms that you may start to notice as a result.
- Heat rash. If your skin starts to break out in small itchy bumps, you may have a heat rash. It can be caused by a number of things. 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 in the inner thighs. Although, 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 fiber-rich foods, and keep a regular pregnancy-safe exercise routine.
- Vaginal discharge. Clear or white-colored vaginal discharge is totally normal during pregnancy. In fact, it’s actually a good thing. It helps prevent infections from traveling 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. This can cause certain areas of your skin to get darker. It’s 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 week 27 of pregnancy
Focusing on your emotional and physical wellbeing 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 omelet filled with sauteed veggies
- Go shoe shopping. The loosening of your ligaments, bones, and tendons during pregnancy can cause your feet to grow. Additionally, gaining too much weight can cause your feet to become wider, which stretches your joints out more.
Unlike most pregnancy symptoms that go away after giving birth, bigger 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.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen. During pregnancy, your skin is more vulnerable to discoloration from sun exposure. It may seem like there are 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 comes with so many amazing 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. Although, this is usually only recommended if you were a runner before falling pregnant. Some women enjoy pregnancy yoga and pilates, while others prefer going on a casual walk every day.
All of these options are beneficial and allow you to stay active. As long as you focus on the exercise that you enjoy doing you’ll be on the right path to keeping a healthy lifestyle.