27 Weeks Pregnant
27 weeks pregnant – What’s going on with you:
At 27 weeks, you have just 10 more weeks to go before your baby reaches full term!
Your uterus is around 2.8 inches above your navel meaning it is quite big. Despite an increase in blood volume this week, your growing uterus requires your circulation system to work much harder in order to provide blood flow to it. This means that you will find yourself feeling much more tired than you felt during your second trimester. Make sure to take a nap or two during the day to replenish your energy reserves. Eating many small nutritious meals throughout the day will also help boost your energy levels.
You may begin experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions during this week as well. These contractions are known as false labour pains. They are usually random and not very painful which occur when your uterus tightens for 30-60 seconds. If the contractions and pain does not intensify for a while then you are likely not in labour. The best way to handle false labour is to change your position often.
Some women also experience restless leg syndrome which is an unpleasant sensation in your legs urging them to move while you are sleeping. You can manage this sensation by making sure to stretch before bedtime.
27 weeks pregnant – What’s going on with baby:
At 27 weeks pregnant your baby is about 14 1/2 inches long and now resembles a small human being. The retina of his or her eyes have also formed. The retina is sensitive to light allowing your baby’s eyes to receive light and transmitting this data to his or her brain. This is what is commonly known as sight. Some mothers have found that putting a flashlight near the belly will cause your baby to move around. This should not become a habit though as it will disrupt your baby’s natural awake and asleep pattern. Your baby’s hearing is almost completely formed too and he or she is likely to be more and more active. Expect lots of kicking around and sleep in between the kicks.