Week 27 of Pregnancy – A New Ending, a New Beginning

Description: The second trimester has finally come to an end. My baby has almost fully matured in every aspect; all he needs now is to grow a few more inches. Plus, he’s getting smarter with every passing day, as his brain is reaching its final stage of development.

I can’t drink champagne, so I’m raising my glass of sparkling water as I am saying goodbye to my second trimester! This trimester, my baby has grown up and almost fully matured – while I mostly put my feet up (aside from some mild exercise) and relaxed. Literally. With my back pain and swollen feet, I couldn’t really do much. And I also know it’s going to get worse.

I am aware that the third trimester is going to be even more embarrassing – but after this, it will be over. I will be a mother, and I will be able to worry about my baby – one that I can hug and is not inside my uterus anymore.

The 27th Week Baby

At 27 weeks pregnant, the baby is the size of a head of lettuce – but weighing a bit more than that. He is currently two pounds – without the amniotic fluid.

Most of his organs have already fully matured – with the exception of his lungs and his brain. If he were to be born right now, he’d be able to survive – but he still needs a lot of help from today’s medical technology.

However, his brain is very active at this point. He’s getting smarter, and his instincts are already starting to develop. He’s also opening and closing his eyes – practicing for blinking, sleeping – but also staying awake. Too bad he’s only in “awake mode” when I’m not.

The baby can now hiccup – and these movements are fairly common around this time. He can also extend his legs – or at least, is trying to. My womb doesn’t allow for too much movement – which is why I end up seeing bulges coming out of my belly every now and again. Yes, those are baby kicks.

He can also suck his fingers now. He may not be eating any actual meals right now, but he’s certainly getting ready for it.

Mommy at 27 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnancy is stressful – and there are more things than you can imagine that you have to take care of. For example, now that the baby is kicking, I have to make sure that he’s always kicking.

Every baby has to move 10 times per hour; it proves that the baby is healthy. This is why you need to keep track of their pattern. For example, I take a random hour and a piece of paper – noting every movement. If there are less than 10 movements per hour, I drink some water or juice – and count again for another hour. So far, I haven’t had any issues.

However, you should call your doctor if the baby hasn’t moved at least 10 times in the course of two hours. I know you may want a break from the love kicks in the ribs and guts – but this is not good for the baby.

I’m eating small meals – but fairly often. My uterus is pressing on my stomach, which means that I don’t have a lot of place for food. It is the same for my lungs and bladder. I have moments when I’m struggling to catch my breath – or trying my best to hold my pee.

The idea of labor terrifies me – but I’ve settled on a natural delivery. I have panic moments every now and again because of my Braxton Hicks contractions – which is why I already packed my overnight bag and left it in the nursery. If by any chance, I start going into labor at an unexpected moment (isn’t that how all labors starts), my husband can just grab it and we are off.

My week 27 belly size is pretty big – and I have gained 1.5 pounds since last week. According to my doctor, this is perfectly healthy weight gain – but I should tell them if I gain more than two pounds per week. Extra weight can lead to complications and pre-term labor – which means that I have to be careful with my diet.

Overall, here are the symptoms that I went through:

  • Backaches: This has become something of a daily occurrence – and will probably keep happening until I deliver. Yoga helps a bit, I would have probably been feeling disabled without it. The baby is pressing against my spine – so it obviously hurts every now and again. Stretching my back generally helps ease the pain – and I have also bought one of those maternity pillows to help me out.
  • Hemorrhoids: The baby is putting a lot of pressure on my lower half – which is why I have this not-so-pretty symptom, particularly when I want to sit.
  • Snissing: Well, this is embarrassing – but I’m also experiencing the “peeing when you sneeze” symptom. With the baby putting so much pressure on my bladder, I sometimes can’t take full control over it – and it just slips out. I try to make frequent stops to the bathroom so that I can avoid these unpleasant circumstances.
  • Constipation: The baby is still eating up a full load of nutrients out of me – and while I’m drinking a lot of water and eating a lot of fiber-rich food, my stool still doesn’t come out right. The doctor recommended eating some fiber supplements to ease things up – or, well, down.

The week 27 symptoms aren’t really that troublesome – except for the occasional snissing. Still, as long as I take frequent trips to the bathroom, I manage to avoid these embarrassing scenarios.

Final Thoughts

As a woman in your 27th week, you are vulnerable to preterm labor – so my advice is that you take care of yourself. Eat right, drink a lot of water, and go for regular walks. This will make sure that your baby develops nicely, without any complications.

Hopefully, my week 27 pregnancy guide managed to clear up some questions for you. If you have a symptom that concerns you, then you shouldn’t hesitate to contact your OB.

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