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A Complete Information Guide on Pregnancy Week 27
By Pregnancy week 27, you are going to complete the second trimester of pregnancy as you are in the last week of the second trimester.
Congratulations to you! You are five months and four weeks pregnant. You are in the last week of sixth month.
As you’re looking ahead towards the third trimester, check out for this week fetal development and related information.
Fetal Development in Pregnancy Week 27:
In Pregnancy week 27:
- Size of baby – 14.4 inches (36.57 cm)- from crown to heel.
- Weight of baby – 1.9 pound (861 grams)
- Baby is about the size of Rutabaga.
Your uterus has grown to the size of a basketball.
- At this stage, except for brain and lungs, which need more time to get fully matured, all organs are functioning properly and independently.
- One big achievement this week for your baby is that his eyelids are ready to open now. As previously they were fused.
- The fat is continuing to form underneath his sensitive and wrinkled skin, therefore, the baby is gaining weight rapidly.
- You can feel the movements of your baby inside your womb at the regular intervals. If in case, you are unable to notice any baby movements, please talk to your doctor immediately about this issue. All other activities like stretching, rolling, sucking of thumb, drinking amniotic fluid, and peeing continues.
- You may notice small rhythmic jumps inside you which will be short lived and you may feel like little spasms inside your belly. This is happening because your little one is hiccupping. Please don’t panic as it is not at all harmful to your baby. Get used to this as this will be continuing for the rest of your pregnancy.
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Moods & Symptoms in Pregnancy Week 27:
In Pregnancy week 27, you may expect following mentioned body changes and symptoms-
- Sleepless Nights – Due to the growing pressure of your uterus, you may not feel comfortable while sleeping. Remember, sleep by your side preferably on the left side, as it will give a comfort. Moreover, sleeping on left side improves the circulation to your heart and provides better blood flow to your baby. For your more comfort, keep pillows in between your legs.
- Flatulence – As your body produces more progesterone during pregnancy, it results in relaxation of intestine muscles which slow down the digestion process too. Therefore, most of the pregnant women experience flatulence, burping, etc. during their pregnancy period.
- Leg Cramps – Cramp occur due to the growing weight of your fetus. Keep stretching your legs and stay hydrated. If in case, you feel unbearable pain or cramps then speak to your doctor.
- Restless legs – If you feel an urge to keep moving and stretching your legs due to the pain and cramps, then you’re experiencing Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). However, there is no exact and specific reason behind this syndrome but according to the experts, it is related to a chemical imbalance in the brain. Talk to your doctor about this symptom for better guidance and support.
- Edema – Edema is a swelling on your hands and feet during the pregnancy. It is a normal part of the pregnancy. But severe swelling is not considered normal. If you have severe swelling or you are swollen with sudden onset, then it is advised to consult your doctor immediately as it can a be a sign of Preeclampsia (serious complication in pregnancy normally diagnosed after week 20).
- Backache – This happens due to the pressure of growing uterus on your lower backbone. You may use a pillow to ease yourself.
- Constipation– Pregnancy makes bowel movement less active which gives you uncomfortable feeling. To handle constipation easily, start taking fiber-rich diet like oats, root vegetables (carrots, and potatoes), etc. and drink plenty of water.
- Itchiness in the belly – This itching on belly happens due to the skin stretching out across your expanding belly. Hence your skin will become very much itchy and dry. Apply oil and moisturizer on the itchy areas.
Note: If you have symptoms like bleeding, leaking fluid, duration of Braxton Hicks Contractions is getting longer and painful or you are contracting regularly, then please contact your doctor immediately as these can be the signs of Preterm labor. Remember, this week onward, the possibility of preterm labour increases and woman carrying twins are more prone to preterm labour. So, it is important to talk to your doctor immediately if you notice any unusual symptom or condition. Your doctor is a best and correct person to identify whether you are going through preterm labour or not. So, do keep a check on these symptoms.
Do’s and Don’ts in Pregnancy Week 27:
- Do not be worried if you feel chest pains and shortness of breath. It is due to your growing uterus which is compressing your lungs. Be relaxed and start taking deep breaths.
- Do not exert yourself in doing everyday household chores. Make yourself comfortable first and do your work slowly. Your health is much more important than any other task.
- Avoid extremely hot showers/bath.
- Use an extra pillow in between your legs while sleeping.
- Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and it also helps in the circulation and pumping of blood to the brain. You should have atleast 3 litre water in a day.
- Practice prenatal yoga, or meditation to relax your body.
- If you want to travel outstation, take a green signal from your doctor.
- Last but not the least, eat well, sleep well and stay active as much you can.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
- Why and when the vaccine called ‘Tetanus Toxoid’ is given during pregnancy?
Ans: The Tetanus Toxoid (TT) is a vaccination given to a pregnant lady to prevent her and her baby from the risk of tetanus. This bacterial infection is a life-threatening. An infection can be caused in body through an open wound, deep puncture such as a bite, cut, burn or even through an ulcer. It can even be caused by a tiny prick of a nail or a scratch.
In case of your first pregnancy, the doctor may ask you for 2-3 doses of TT vaccine.
If this is your second pregnancy, within two years of the first, the doctor will check your vaccination history as per to the records maintained in your first pregnancy. The booster dose will be recommended if you have received both the doses of TT vaccine during your first pregnancy.
And if your second pregnancy has arrived after the larger gap from the first one, the doctor may recommend the doses of TT vaccine after examining your condition.
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