27 Weeks Pregnant

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By the 27th week of pregnancy, your body is still changing. Most of this is due to continuous weight gain and the effort of carrying the baby. There will probably be no let up on this until the baby arrives. At 27 weeks pregnant, things may even get a little worse! Your hormones are probably running riot as well. Reassuringly, babies who are born at this stage in pregnancy have a 90-percent survival rate.

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Mommy Matters

Many women ind they become clumsier at this stage. Be careful on slippery surfaces such as the shower or bathtub.

During the first trimester you probably felt extremely tired and around the 27th week of pregnancy, this tiredness could return. This is not helped by the fact that you are more than likely finding it harder to sleep because of the bump and needing to go to the toilet several times a night! Also, as the bump gets bigger, you might experience some itchiness because the skin is stretching. This is normal but if the itchiness is severe, you must consult your health care provider especially in a case it’s something a bit more serious.

As the second trimester comes to an end, you may possibly have some new symptoms as your body gets ready for the final push. These could include an aching back and muscle cramps in your legs. You’re carrying a lot of extra weight and the uterus is also expanding and this puts pressure on your veins that carry blood from your legs to the heart and also on the nerves going from your abdomen through the legs. These cramps are more common during the night although they do occur during the day as well. They could possibly get worse as time goes on. To relieve them when a cramp happens, try stretching your calf muscle. Stretch your toes towards your body and also try walking around a bit.

Baby Watch

Baby boys start to outgrow girls now. Creases form on the palms of the hands and in the tooth buds, enamel and dentine develop.

The baby will have regular periods of being asleep and awake. At 27 weeks pregnant, she will probably be opening and shutting her eyes and possibly even sucking her fingers. As the brain tissue develops, the brain will be very active. The lungs, although not yet fully matured, would work, albeit with medical assistance, if the baby were to be born now. If you can feel any small movements with a sort of rhythm, these are probably hiccups and you will probably feel them a lot more frequently now. They just last a few seconds and the baby is not bothered by them so you shouldn’t be either!

Baby Weight and Size

At 27 weeks pregnant, your baby measures around 14-6/8 inches (37.6 cm) long from crown to heel! Her weight is now around 1 kg (2 lb 4 oz), just about the size of a Chinese Cabbage.

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27 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms and Remedies

At 27 weeks pregnant, you may experience some sharp pains in your lower back and legs. This phenomenon is known as sciatica. Movements such as walking, bending and lifting can make it worse. Try changing your position and warm baths and ice packs to relieve the symptoms.

It might seem strange to think about it now, in the 27th week of pregnancy, but it is something that needs to be done. That is postpartum birth control. You and your partner need to decide before the baby is born. You may be thinking about a tubal ligation and if you want the surgery done during your postpartum stay in the hospital, you really need to discuss it with your doctor now. You can always change your mind at a later stage. Also be aware that some insurers need you to sign a consent form no later than 30 days prior to the procedure if it is to be covered by them. This includes Medicaid and other related programs.

Tips and To Do’s

Easing the itchiness

To ease the itchiness if you’re suffering, you can wear loose clothing made from natural fibers and also spray the area with a cool mist spray. Apply lots of rich moisturizer like cocoa butter. When you massage it onto your belly, the baby will enjoy it as well. Remember, though, that severe itching can be a sign of something more serious, especially on your arms and legs. There is a condition known as obstetric cholestasis which can affect the liver and needs medical attention. This occurs in about one in a hundred moms -to-be and is caused by a buildup of bile due to decreased function of the liver.

At 27 weeks pregnant, the symptoms are patches of itchy and flaky skin on the arms, legs, hands, feet, and belly…..never on the face! It doesn’t affect the baby but still consult your doctor right away. He will prescribe a cream or maybe even steroid tablets.

Stretch marks

Although some people regard them as unsightly, stretch marks are a very common and normal part of pregnancy. Half of all expectant moms will get them!

Swimming

At 27 weeks pregnant, swimming can be an excellent way of continuing to exercise when the bump makes it impossible to carry on with your usual fitness regime. The water, of course, makes you feel weightless and it is very relaxing as well.

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