Your baby’s lungs are able to function with a lot of medical help, she has developed sleeping and waking patterns and a sense of taste. You may be experiencing Braxton Hicks and your legs may be cramping.
27 Weeks Pregnant – Fetus
Your baby keeps growing at an amazing rate, now measuring 14 inch/ 35.6 cm, the size of a cabbage, and weighing about 1.7 lb/ 760 grams. At week 27, you probably feel your baby move multiple times a day now, and it’s a good thing you do – that’s how you know she’s fine!
Your baby’s heart is racing fast, but it has slowed down to about 140 beats per minute. Ask your partner to press his/her ear to your belly, and he/she might be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat… Now here’s something you’d love to to experience yourself! Her lungs are still developing, but if your baby was to be born prematurely, they would able to function, though with a lot of medical help.
Your baby’s brain is extremely active, and she has developed sleeping and waking patterns. And what’s more, the baby can recognize foods! The sense of taste is linked to the sense of smell, and since the baby is immersed in amniotic fluid, her sense of smell is blunted. which means her sense of taste is not too sharp either. The only thing can taste is molecules from your bloodstream (and small bits of vernix caseosa). However, the flavors of whatever you eat and drink pass through your bloodstream and into the amniotic fluid, and the baby can sense some of it.
If you feel your belly jerk in small, rhythmic movements, that’s your baby hiccupping when her diaphragm involuntarily moves. Nobody knows why babies hiccup in the womb, but you will probably feel these hiccups very often now. Some babies hiccup, some don’t, and others continue to hiccup for days after birth. The hiccups are usually nothing to worry about. However, if your baby continues to hiccup daily after week 32, with each hiccup “attack” lasting more than 15 minutes, or hiccups three or more times a day, contact your caregiver. Daily, prolonged series of hiccups may indicate an umbilical cord prolapse or compression, which cuts the blood and oxygen supply from the baby. Though very rare, this complication might affect your baby’s blood pressure and heart rate, cause brain damage or even stillbirth.
27 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms
Do you feel your leg muscles cramping? This may get worse as your pregnancy progresses and your uterus grows, putting increasing pressure on your veins and nerves.
Do you find yourself burping or passing gas more often than usual? Rising levels during of progesterone during pregnancy cause the muscles in your body to relax, slowing down your digestion. Thus allows more nutrients to reach your baby, but also allows gas to build up easier, causing burping and excess gas, and making you feel bloated. This embarrassing condition tends to increase in the later stages of pregnancy when the growing uterus leaves less and less space for your stomach and intestines. Avoiding heavy meals, fried and fatty foods and fizzy drinks might help. Unfortunately, some of the healthier foods like cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts can cause passing of gas too, so plan your meals well.
Is your belly button popping out? This happens because your skin stretches – and because the expanding uterus puts pressure on your navel, pushing it out. Your belly button will be back to its normal state after you give birth.
Having contractions? These are probably Braxton Hicks – painless, sporadic contractions – your body’s way to get ready for labor. These contractions, named after the English doctor John Braxton Hicks who first described them in 1872, are usually a normal part of pregnancy, and might get stronger as it progresses. If the contractions get painful, regular and closer together, contact your caregiver immediately. These might be warning signs of premature labor.
27 Weeks Pregnant – Questions
1. Can I Still Exercise?
Keeping up with your physical activity may become more and more challenging as your pregnancy progresses. You may stick to a mild exercise routine if you feel capable to do so. Try swimming or prenatal yoga – these activities will probably soothe the pain in your lower back, improve circulation, preventing leg cramps and varicose veins, and keep you strong.
2. Why Are Pelvic Floor Exercises Important?
Remember those pelvic floor exercises? You better continue working on these. Pregnancy and giving birth stretch the pelvic muscles, and the condition tends to get worse with age. Weakened pelvic floor muscles often cause stress incontinence after pregnancy, usually when you cough, sneeze or lift weights.