27 Weeks Pregnant
— The last week of second trimester.
When you are 27 weeks pregnant, you are at the last week of your pregnancy second trimester. From now onwards, you need to plan for labor and birth. You may observe more rapid changes in your body and also your developing baby.
You probably weigh 16 to 22 pounds more than your pre-pregnancy weight. When you are gaining more weight and getting clumsier, your little one becomes much more active. You may become more sensitive to external factors and stressful environments.
Have you started to think about labor and writing a birth plan? That’s good! However since labor and delivery are unpredictable, actually there are only few things that you can do to have any level of control over.
Symptoms experienced by a 27 weeks pregnant woman:
This week you may notice more leg cramps, particularly during night and can tend to keep you awake. There is no treatment to prevent leg cramps other than mild workouts during the day. The second trimester is almost over and there is only couple of months left for your baby’s arrival, but these last months can oftentimes feel like eternity. Continue eating a healthy diet and work out for some time. Still if you haven’t prepared nursery and crib for your little one, then it is right time to do.
During this week, you may experience symptoms like flatulence, occasional dizziness or faintness, nasal congestion, restless leg syndrome and bleeding gums.
Your increasing uterus size may put extra pressure on your rectum and thus it will cause you to lose some control over the muscles in your rear. With your sluggish digestive system, you may feel little gassy. To avoid this condition, eating smaller meals six times a day is recommended and this reduces the burden on your digestive system.
Dizziness or faintness is also common during second and third trimester of your pregnancy. Increased belly size puts great pressure on the blood vessels thus reducing sufficient blood flow to your brain and hence leads to dizziness. So, drink plenty of water to keep proper blood circulating and pumping to the brain.
Physical changes that occur in a 27 weeks pregnant woman:
By the time when you are 27 weeks pregnant, you look bigger and the abdomen has also increased in its size, which makes your pelvic muscles more strained. Practicing kegels can help greatly in strengthening pelvic muscles and make the birth process easy. Also, kegels can help to strengthen your bladder muscles thus helping to alleviate urinary incontinence.
During this period, you may notice more swelling, which is more common during pregnancy. About 75% of pregnant women experience some sort of swelling throughout the period. In case of severe swelling make sure to call your healthcare provider as extreme swelling can be a sign of something serious in your body.
You may be suffering from difficulty breathing. Now your uterus is nearly close to the rib cage. Also, the lungs are unable to expand fully. Don’t be concerned. Your little one isn’t lacking oxygen as well as the circulatory system is in fact functioning more effectively.
During pregnancy week 27, you may experience Braxton Hicks contraction, which are usually termed as pre-labor contractions that help you prepare for the process of labor. These moments occur randomly and sometimes uncomfortable, but not painful.
Stretch marks may become more visible as your uterus continues to expand. The increased production of hormones will also continue this week. Progesterone plays a great role in relaxing your uterine muscles. The fluctuation in these hormone levels can greatly affect your mood. Many pregnant women experience mood swings, which is common during pregnancy. Whenever you feel out of mood, try to relax as much as possible.
Women who have history of premature labor or those at risk of premature labor are the candidates for home uterine monitoring after 27 weeks pregnant. Women with high risk complications are at higher risk of premature labor. During such conditions, home uterine monitoring helps to prevent a delivery that is too early.
Fetal changes that occur in a 27 weeks pregnant woman:
When you are 27 weeks pregnant, your baby is about 15 inches long and weighs more than two pounds.
Baby’s internal organs, brain and also several other systems continue their growth. Baby’s lungs, liver and immune system are continuing their development until the birth of your child.
Your baby begins to attain regular and predictable sleep patterns and movements. The nerves network around and to the ears has formed now and your baby is now able to hear you. He/she might even recognize your voice. You can even share the things with your baby and he/she might be able to respond you.
You may observe your baby’s hiccups frequently and you may feel them as a small stinging sensation. During this week, your baby’s eyelids will open up and the retina also starts growing thus allowing the baby’s eyes to receive light and translate images.
The little one’s muscle coordination helps his/her to start thumb sucking. Thumb sucking activity helps to strengthen the cheek and jaw muscles for nursing.
What care should be taken by a 27 weeks pregnant woman?
Eat well and sleep swell and try to stay active. Proper sleep posture can help you breath better. Change the environment you live to manage the mood swings and also your food cravings. Taking frequent walks, chatting and calling the friends and keeping yourself busy in any other interesting activity can help you feel better.
Practice some relaxation techniques like prenatal yoga and meditation as they will develop communication with your baby and also help to reduce pre-labor anxiety.
27 weeks pregnant women should get screening for group B streptococcus, which is the common cause of blood infection and meningitis in newborn babies. 10-35% of women can hold this bacterium in their vagina or in lower intestine.
Women with negative Rh factor should be screened for Rh antibodies. In some cases, mother should get RhoGam vaccine to help eliminate the incompatibility factor. If you are among those mothers, you need to get the vaccine again after 36th week of pregnancy. At the time of delivery, there is a great chance for your baby to expose to these bacteria. So, it is essential to undergo 27 weeks pregnancy ultrasound to detect any kind of life-threatening infections in the blood as well as the lining and the fluid surrounding the brain.
Have a wonderful journey of pregnancy!! Go on to know more about the exciting things during pregnancy week 28…