Your baby hears muffled sounds because her ears are still covered in a protective coating called vernix caseosa. If you feel sudden weird movements in your stomach, it could be hiccups. Your baby’s lungs are developing, which could increase her chances of getting hiccups.
She is exercising her new muscles by moving a lot now.
27 weeks pregnant is how many months?
You are five months and four weeks pregnant. You’re almost a full six months, and this is the last week of your second trimester. It’s always good to consider your exercises, for example, good ab exercises while pregnant and healthy eating habits, even though these probably don’t feel very high on the priority list.
Your Baby at 27 Weeks
Your baby can recognise your voice now because she’s been hearing it for a few weeks. The network of nerves in his ears will continue to mature, but sounds are muffled because of the vernix coating around them. Read, talk, or sing to her. Have your partner press his ear to your stomach now, and he may catch a heartbeat.
Her taste buds are developed enough to tell the difference in what you eat via amniotic fluid. If you eat something spicy, she may react a few hours later with hiccups. It will feel like spasms to you, but your baby isn’t distressed. She’s used to it.
How big is a baby at 27 weeks?
Your baby is 36.5 centimetres long and weighs 1055 grams. She’s doubled her weight from four weeks ago and she still mostly likes the fetal position, even though she stretches and kicks a lot.
Your Body at 27 Weeks
Your uterus has swelled to basketball-sized proportions, and we won’t talk about how big your hands and feet are. This edema is thanks to fluid buildup in your extremities. Increased blood flow to the area doesn’t help either.
While you’re struggling with shoes and jewellery that fits, it’s normal to encounter this extreme swelling, and it will go away after you have the baby. In the meantime, walk to keep your blood flowing, but rest plenty, too, with your feet propped up.
Stay hydrated for health and to reduce swelling. You may think you have enough fluid already, but you need more to keep your body working the way it should. If you have a dry mouth during pregnancy you may need more fluids.
You’ve been outed, and so has your belly button. It’s quite obvious you’re pregnant, especially if your belly button is an outie now. It’ll pop back in after you have the baby, although it may be slightly stretched.
Lightheadedness is normal, but take the necessary precautions if you are starting to feel that way. To reduce your risk of falling, sit or lie down as soon as you feel faint. Take a drink of water and get a snack to help it pass more quickly.
Along with a swollen abdomen, hands, and feet, you may have swollen gums. If they’re inflamed or bleeding, keep doing what you’re doing. Don’t stop brushing or flossing just because it hurts. It’s important to keep up with your dental hygiene while pregnant.
If your stretchy skin is dry or itchy, put lotion on or take an oatmeal bath. Moisturising is a good opportunity for your partner to bond with you and your baby while you get a relaxing massage at the end of the day.
If your legs are tingly when you go to bed at night, you may be suffering from restless leg syndrome. It can affect pregnant women who have iron deficiency or food sensitivity. Try some meditation, yoga, or other relaxation techniques to help.
More swelling? Yup. Your nose is suffering the consequences of increased blood flow, and it may cause difficulty breathing or snoring.
If you blow your nose too hard, it may bleed. Try saline spray or nasal strips to open your airways and sleep with a warm humidifier.
Tips/Things to do
Take a CPR class. Now is a great time to get educated on how to perform infant CPR—a great skill for when you need it in future. Developing reflexes may cause your baby to choke if she drinks too fast, and eventually, she’ll be putting everything in her mouth. It happens even to the most vigilant parents, so instead of beating yourself up over it, know how to fix it.
As you continue building your baby registry, do some research on car seats and cribs. You can’t leave the hospital unless you have a car seat properly installed in your vehicle, so pick the one you want and get it ready to go. When it comes to cribs, avoid drop-side cribs that could be dangerous for your baby.
Pregnancy causes gas, but vegetables like asparagus and broccoli don’t help. Swap these types of food out for carrots and spinach and avoid carbonated drinks. Drink water and eat small meals more often to keep you regular. These tactics can also help alleviate heartburn or constipation.
Dealing with skin abnormalities is par for the course now. You’re already overheated all the time, so you may have some uncomfortable heat rash. Try a cool compress to take away the heat or put some calamine lotion on it. Aloe may also be cooling.
Water retention and fatigue are contributing to your puffiness, and not just around your feet and ankles. If you have bags under your eyes, you need to get all the rest you can and drink a lot of water. Surprisingly, the more water you drink, the less fluid you’ll retain.
Bags are worse in the morning, so put a cool compress, frozen blueberries, cold tea bags, or cucumbers on your eyes. Use concealer to cover up the bags that remain and use a dark mascara to accentuate your eyes.
Maintaining a healthy heart is a good idea when you’re trying to pump enough blood for two. Keep exercising, even if it’s slow and low impact. Walking, swimming, and yoga are all great options.
If at any point during your workout, you can’t talk and exercise at the same time, you’re working too hard, and your heart rate is too high. Ease up or take a break before exercising again.
About The Author
Kids, chai latte’s, blueberry muffins, and reading way too many books… That pretty much sums up Louise. She’s also passionate about giving back to the community, in this case through this site, finding and answering questions about parenting.