With just a few months to go until your due date, it’s an exciting time as you prepare for the arrival of your little one.
In this stage, there are many important things to know and steps to take to ensure a healthy pregnancy and smooth delivery. So, let’s dive into what you can expect at 27 weeks pregnant and how to care for yourself and your growing baby.
How is the baby at 27 weeks pregnant?
At 27 weeks pregnant, the baby is continuing to grow and develop at a rapid pace.
Here are some general milestones you can expect in your baby’s development by pregnancy week 27:
- Size: Your baby is about the size of a head of cauliflower, measuring approximately 14.8 inches (37.6 cm) from head to heel. Your baby weighs around 2 pounds (0.9 kg).
- Movement: Your baby’s movements are becoming more coordinated, and you may feel stronger kicks and movements as the baby becomes more active.
- Brain Development: Your baby’s brain rapidly develops, with billions of neurons forming new connections and developing specialized functions.
- Lung Development: Your baby’s lungs are continuing to mature, with the production of surfactant increasing to help with breathing after birth.
- Sensory Development: Your baby’s senses are also developing, with the ability to hear sounds and distinguish between light and dark.
- Sleep Cycles: Your baby is starting to develop regular sleep and wake cycles, which may begin to coincide with your sleep patterns.
As always, it’s important to continue following the guidance of your healthcare provider and attending regular prenatal checkups to ensure the health and well-being of both you and your baby.
Pregnancy symptom management at 27 weeks pregnant
At 27 weeks pregnant, you may experience various pregnancy symptoms, some old and some more recent. Here are some tips for managing some of these symptoms:
1. Back Pain
To help relieve back pain, try using a heating pad or taking warm baths. Also, practice good posture and avoid standing or sitting for extended periods.
Getting enough rest and sleep during pregnancy is important, so try to take naps during the day if you feel tired. Always stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet to help maintain energy levels.
3. Braxton Hicks Contractions
These “practice” contractions may become more frequent as you approach your due date. If you experience them, try changing positions or taking a warm bath to help ease any discomfort.
4. Heartburn and Indigestion
To manage these symptoms, avoid eating large meals and try eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. Also, avoid foods that are spicy, acidic, or fried.
Swelling in the hands and feet is common during pregnancy. To help relieve swelling, try elevating your feet, wearing comfortable shoes, and avoiding standing or sitting for long periods.
To manage constipation, make sure to stay hydrated, eat a high-fiber diet, and engage in regular exercise. Your healthcare provider may also recommend a stool softener or other medication if needed.
7. Weight gain
Weight gain is normal during pregnancy as your body supports your baby’s growth and development.
By 27 weeks, your baby is rapidly gaining weight, and your body is storing extra fat and fluid to support the pregnancy. Your uterus, placenta, and amniotic fluid also contribute to your weight gain.
Self-Care at 27 Weeks pregnant
Caring for yourself during pregnancy is vital for your well-being and growing baby’s health.
Here are some interesting self-care tips to try at 27 weeks pregnant:
1. Practice Prenatal Yoga
Prenatal yoga can help reduce stress, improve flexibility and balance, and prepare your body for labor and delivery.
2. Explore pelvic floor exercises
Pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegels, target the pelvic floor muscles that support the uterus, bladder, and bowel, which can weaken due to pregnancy and childbirth.
By strengthening these muscles, pelvic floor exercises can help prevent incontinence, support the pelvic organs, and promote faster recovery after delivery.
How to do Kegels
To perform Kegels, tighten the muscles around the vagina and anus as if trying to stop the urine flow, hold for a few seconds, and then release. Repeat several times a day, aiming for three sets of 10 repetitions each.
Consult your healthcare provider for guidance on the proper technique and frequency of pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy.
3. Connect with Your Baby
Take some time each day to connect with your growing baby, such as by talking, singing, or playing music for them. This can help strengthen the bond between you and your baby.
4. Try Meditation
Meditation or deep breathing exercises can help reduce stress and anxiety and promote relaxation.
5. Get a Prenatal Massage
A prenatal massage can help relieve muscle tension and ease pregnancy-related aches and pains.
6. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day
Schedule a day at the spa for some pampering and relaxation, such as a facial or a manicure.
7. Stay Hydrated
Drinking plenty of water is important during pregnancy to help maintain healthy blood volume and prevent dehydration.
8. Get Plenty of Rest
Getting enough rest and sleep is important for both your and your baby’s health, so prioritize restful activities, such as reading or a warm bath, to help you relax and wind down at the end of the day.
Before trying new self-care practices, always talk to your healthcare provider, and prioritize activities that feel comfortable and safe for you and your baby.
FAQs at 27 Weeks pregnant
You have a lot of questions running in your mommy brain about this stage of your journey. Here are some common questions asked by moms like you:
When should I pack my hospital bag?
It’s generally recommended to start packing your hospital bag for pregnancy around the 36th week of pregnancy. This will give you enough time to gather all the necessary items and organize everything before the baby arrives.
However, it’s a good idea to check with your healthcare provider to see if they have any specific recommendations based on your individual pregnancy and medical history.
When packing your hospital bag, some essential items are comfortable clothing, toiletries, nursing bras or tanks, a camera or phone to capture memories, and any necessary paperwork.
You may also want to bring items to help you relax, such as music or books, and snacks for you and your partner. Don’t forget to pack items for your baby, such as a going-home outfit and a car seat.
It’s always better to be prepared, so start thinking about what you need and want to pack ahead of time, and try to have everything ready by the 37th week of pregnancy, just in case the baby decides to arrive a little earlier than expected.
When does a baby drop?
“Baby dropping” or “lightening” is the term used to describe when a baby moves down into the pelvic area in preparation for birth. This typically happens in the last few weeks of pregnancy, but the exact timing can vary for each woman and pregnancy.
In first-time pregnancies, the baby may drop a few weeks before labor begins, but in subsequent pregnancies, the baby may not drop until labor starts. Some women may not experience baby dropping at all before going into labor.
You may notice some physical changes when your baby drops, such as:
- A change in the shape of your belly, with the baby appearing lower and your belly looking more “pointed.”
- A feeling of increased pressure in your pelvis/lower abdomen.
- A sensation of being able to breathe more easily as the baby’s head is no longer pressing against your diaphragm.
- More frequent urination as the baby’s head puts pressure on your bladder.
If you’re unsure whether your baby has dropped, talk to your healthcare provider, who can check your cervix during a prenatal exam to determine your baby’s position.
What triggers the baby to drop?
There is no specific trigger for a baby to drop or engage in the pelvis, and the exact timing can vary from pregnancy to pregnancy.
However, there are a few factors that may contribute to the baby dropping:
- Lightening Hormones: As a woman’s body prepares for labor, the ligaments in the pelvic area loosen, and the hormone relaxin is released, which can help your baby move down into the pelvis.
- Gravity: Your baby’s weight and gravity can also play a role in causing your baby to drop. As your baby grows, it becomes harder for the uterus to support the weight, which can lead to your baby dropping.
- Position of the Baby: Your baby’s position can also affect when it drops. For example, if your baby is in a breech position, it may not drop until just before delivery.
- Multiple pregnancies: Women who have had multiple pregnancies may have weaker abdominal muscles, allowing the baby to drop earlier.
It’s important to note that not all babies will drop before labor begins, and some may not engage until labor has already started.
If you have concerns about your baby’s position, talk to your healthcare provider, who can help determine your baby’s position and ensure safe and healthy delivery.
When should you have a baby shower?
The timing of your baby shower can vary, but it’s typically held sometime during the last two months of pregnancy. This allows enough time to plan and organize the shower while ensuring the mom-to-be is still comfortable enough to enjoy the celebration.
Traditionally, baby showers are held around the seventh or eighth month of pregnancy, but this can vary based on the mum-to-be’s preferences and any cultural or religious traditions. Some families may hold the shower earlier, while others prefer to wait until closer to the due date.
It’s also essential to consider factors such as the availability of critical guests, such as family and close friends, and the season and weather, as outdoor events may be more comfortable during certain times of the year.
Ultimately, the timing of your baby shower should be determined based on what works best for the mom-to-be and her support system. It’s crucial to ensure that the mom-to-be is not overwhelmed and that the celebration is a joyful and stress-free experience.
When should I start buying baby stuff?
It’s a good idea to start buying baby stuff sometime during the second trimester of pregnancy. This gives you enough time to research and make informed decisions about what you’ll need and gradually accumulate the items you’ll need for the baby’s arrival.
However, it’s important to take time to buy everything all at once, as some items may not be necessary, or you may receive gifts at your baby shower that you won’t need to purchase. It’s also a good idea to check with your healthcare provider or childbirth education class instructor to see if they have any recommendations for what to buy.
Some items you may consider purchasing early on include a car seat, a crib or bassinet, diapers, wipes, and clothing in various sizes. It’s also a good idea to start thinking about any additional items you may need for breastfeeding, such as a breast pump or nursing pillows, and for baby care, such as a baby bathtub or diaper changing station.
As you get closer to your due date, you can focus on purchasing any remaining items on your list and setting up your baby’s nursery.
Remember to pace yourself and not feel overwhelmed, as many items can be purchased after the baby arrives.
Week 27 is the last week of your second trimester.
As your pregnancy progresses into its third trimester, you may notice some newer symptoms and need to manage your and your baby’s health in new ways.
The risk of pregnancy complications has decreased significantly since your first trimester. Still, pregnant women and their support systems must continue to take consistently good care to ensure a healthy unborn baby through the third trimester and delivery.
Keep learning about each stage of pregnancy, and don’t hesitate to ask professionals and experienced friends about your questions and concerns.