In Week 27 you will feel contractions more frequently, and the amount of food you eat in one meal will decrease as pressure against your stomach increases. If you have not exactly given it much thought, the realization that you will soon deliver your own baby might dawn on you this week. Let’s find out what you should take note of before you enter the third and final trimester.
27 Weeks Pregnant: Burgeoning belly
In Week 27, the fundal height of the uterus is 9.4–13.0 in (24–33 cm). Around this period of time, some moms start to experience gastric pains or heartburn, and become unable to stomach as much as food as they could before in a single meal. This is because the fetus has grown larger and the uterus is pushing up against the stomach, resulting in indigestion and acid reflux.
As it is not uncommon to start experiencing acid reflux during pregnancy or see your condition worsen during pregnancy, chew properly before swallowing your food and eat more meals in smaller portions. This will help to reduce the burden on your stomach. If you throw up your food after eating and the gastric pain or nausea doesn’t subside, see a doctor and get medication that is safe for use during pregnancy.
Although your baby bump increasingly gets in the way and it becomes increasingly difficult to exercise, try doing some light walking or take the stairs when you can to strengthen your muscles and to keep your body in tip-top condition.
Symptoms of preterm labor
As the final stage of pregnancy draws close, the uterus becomes bigger. From Week 20 onward, you might start feeling contractions from time to time. From Week 28 onward, you might feel contractions up to 4 to 5 times a day. This is the practice your uterus needs to get itself ready for the real labor. As it is a physiological phenomenon, the contractions go away when you lie down and rest.
However, you have to keep in mind that factors like moving around too much, being too stressed, or a cold environment can cause contractions to occur. Contractions are a normal physiological phenomenon, but you should go to the doctor when any of the following signs are also present:
- You feel tightness in your abdominal area
- You rest for hours but the contractions don’t go away
- There is bleeding
- The amniotic membrane ruptures
Any of these signs could be pointing at a preterm labor, so if you see these signs, head straight to the hospital and receive the treatment you need without further ado.
27 Weeks Pregnant: Sonogram of fetus in your belly
Fetus: Length and size
The fetus in Week 27 is 15.0–15.7 in (38–40 cm) long and weighs 1.8–2.8 lbs (0.8–1.25 kg). About 2 to 3% of the baby is now constituted by fats, and your baby now has a chubbier face. The taste buds on the top of the tongue and on the inner part of the cheeks develop and baby will be able to recognize tastes like sweet and bitter.
- The fetus blinks more
- The retina, which receives light and converts it into signals, develops
- Eyelashes continue to grow
- Practice makes perfect: Fetus continues to work at their breathing and swallowing
- Muscles develop and fetus now is able to clench their fists
- Sense of taste develops
27 Weeks Pregnant: Pregnancy stretch marks
Stretch marks are the red-purplish lines that appear on your skin in areas like the abdominal region. They appear because your skin is stretched by your expanding belly. Stretch marks may also appear in the areas where fats are stored, like your belly, your lower abdominal area, breasts, thighs and buttocks. Although some moms might not see a single stretch mark appear on them, some might discover 2 or 3, while others might see stretch marks appearing all over their body.
Stretch marks will form more easily from Week 27 onward. This is because your baby might weigh about 1 kg right now, but in the next 10 weeks, your baby will grow to twice their current size. This means that the uterus will continue to expand, stretching your skin even more. Take note of your weight gain, and save yourself from future regrets – make sure you’re armed with enough oil and lotion to keep your skin moist at all times and prevent stretch marks from forming!
Take note of Vaginal Yeast Infection
During pregnancy, discharge takes on an alkaline state and the amount of discharge increases. Vaginal yeast infection, or candidiasis, does not pose any danger to the fetus even when you contract it during pregnancy. However, if the birth canal is infected, the baby might contract oral thrush when passing through the birth canal.
The symptoms of vaginal yeast infection include itching in the vagina, pain when urinating, or vaginal discharge which is thick and white. These symptoms must be treated, so go to your doctor immediately.
If you consult your doctor, you will receive medication safe for use during pregnancy. In cases where moms contract candidiasis just before they deliver, they can still have a normal vaginal birth if they get an intravenous drip that prevents the baby from contracting candidiasis.
Although candidiasis is not an illness that threatens the life of the fetus, if you feel that the area around your vagina is itchy or notice that your discharge comes out in white chunks, it’s best to go to the doctor right away!
End of Week 27: Finally, the third trimester!
Week 27 is the last week of the second trimester, and finally, you are now entering the third and final trimester of pregnancy. Over the next 3 months, you will put on more weight and see, your belly growing bigger. Let your little one listen to the sound of your voice every day, and get ready to greet your baby with open arms! Take care of your body, mind and soul, and then you will be able to look forward to the delivery with anticipation every single day.