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27 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know at this pregnancy stage, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to at 27 weeks pregnant:
1.     Your baby is opening and closing their eyes.
2.     Itchy belly.
3.     Swelling in your hands, feet and ankles.
4.     Restless legs.
5.     Nearly the end of the second trimester!
 
How your life will change this week:
You may have noticed changes in your skin, hair and nails during your pregnancy, but most of these will change back after you give birth. The dark line down your belly (the linea negra) will fade after your baby is born, and your pigmentation will return to normal. If your freckles or moles have grown darker, it’s a good idea to stay out of the sun as much as possible. Your hair might be thicker and more lustrous now, but that will also change after you have given birth (sorry). Your skin will probably still feel itchy, particularly on your belly where your baby is stretching you out. Be kind to your skin and moisturise with soothing oil or body lotion.

Some Moms-to-be suffer from restless leg syndrome (RLS) during late pregnancy, particularly when lying down at night. If your legs feel tingly and jittery, speak to your doctor and see if a change in diet  ould help (RLS can be linked to iron deficiency). Yoga and stretching can also help to relax restless legs. 

Your baby’s development this week:
Your baby is now around 36cm from crown to heel and will weigh around 875g. From this week, your baby is opening and closing their eyes. Some people believe that it is around now that your baby starts to dream. The brain tissue is developing and there is measurable brain activity. What would the dreams be about?

If you feel a funny rhythm in your womb it is probably your baby having a little fit of hiccups. They are common throughout the late stages of pregnancy. Your baby is practicing inhaling and exhaling movements, and breathing amniotic fluid into their rapidly developing lungs. 

This week’s To Do list:
  • Choose a paediatrician.
  • Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any unusual symptoms.
  • Go to a breastfeeding class.
If you have 5 minutes… Pregnancy top tip.
It’s a good idea to have all the travel essentials ready in case your baby decides to make an early arrival. Have you got a car seat and pram?

Curious about next week?  
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

Share your thoughts and concerns
Chat with other Moms-to-be in your area or at the same developmental stage as you in BabyGroup Forums.

BabyGroup says:
This article has been checked by Andrea Klinkenberg, Midwife. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.


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Lucinda
27 July 2016 09:08

Thank you for the article! I'm <a href="http://motherhow.com/27-weeks-pregnant/">27 weeks pregnant</a> and swelling is a great problem. Could you, perhaps, offer some tips how to deat with it?
 
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