At week 27 of being pregnant, you and your baby is about to experience a great journey. The twenty-seventh week marks the last 14 days of the second trimester, and the start of the last trimester of your pregnancy. As you and your baby becomes closer to the most-awaited day, your partner, parents, siblings, grandparents, and other relatives and friends celebrate with you, too.
Symptoms of Being 27 Weeks Pregnant
At this phase of pregnancy, it is advised that you battle with food cravings. Always be reminded that you are required to consume only 300 to 500 additional calories daily so that you are able to keep a healthy body and supply your baby with adequate nutrients. Moreover, because your uterus expands along with your growing baby, you may suffer from occasional chest pains and shortness of breath. Aside from this, swelling in your legs, ankles, feet, hands, face, and neck may be experienced. Below are other pregnancy symptoms at this time of pregnancy:
Week 27 is one of the last weeks of pregnancy but you may still feel light-headed. For some pregnant women, faintness can be over once the second trimester has begun. However, there are moms-to-be who carry this symptoms until the last months of pregnancy. It is because in some women, their protruding abdomen causes a reduced blood flow to the brain by placing pressure on the vessels. This results in faintness. To keep your blood circulating thru your brain, drink many glasses of water every day.
2. Nasal Congestion
High progesterone and estrogen levels lead to an increased blood flow to your nose’s mucous membranes. This is the reason behind the swelling in your nose that you are possibly going through at this moment. For some, congested nose causes difficulty in breathing or snoring. If this happens to you, you can wear a nasal strip during bedtime so that your nostrils will be kept open.
3. Bleeding Gums
Swollen and bleeding gums is a common complaint when 27 weeks pregnant. It is primarily due to heightened levels of hormones during pregnancy. To make your mouth less susceptible to harmful bacteria and infection, brush your teeth and tongue regularly. You may also pay your dentist a visit when you are already uncomfortable with your experience.
4. Skin Changes
You may like it or not, but pregnancy hormones cause skin hyperpigmentation. This means that you will have a darker skin, moles, and freckles. Aside from this, you will also develop linea nigra or the dark vertical line on the center of your belly. Chloasma or darkened spots or blemishes on your face will also appear. Sometimes, the skin on your underarms may darken, as well. These are not permanent though, as they will vanish or disappear a couple of months after you give birth. In the meantime, stay away from the intense sunlight because it intensifies skin hyperpigmentation.
5. Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction
This condition happens when the Relaxin hormone makes your pelvic ligaments too stretchy. Because of this, the pelvic joints tend to be unsteady and painful. If Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction gives you extreme discomfort, you can ask your healthcare provider if you can use a pelvic support belt which is intended for keeping the joints intact and stable.
6. Restless Legs Syndrome
Restless Legs Syndrome occurs more frequently when you are in a lying down position. With this condition, you will usually feel a tingling sensation on your legs. In some pregnant women, this syndrome has a connection to their deficiency in Iron or food sensitivity. For others, simple yoga, meditation, and other relaxation exercises may ease the troubling sensation.
As mentioned earlier, during this time of pregnancy, certain parts of the body such as the face, hands, feet, and legs may swell. This occurrence is referred to as Edema which is a result of fluid accumulation in the body tissues. To combat this pregnancy symptom, put a pillow under your legs or feet to allow a better blood circulation. Also, consider a low in sodium or salt diet.
During this time of pregnancy, extra caution is necessary. Miscarriages may still happen at this stage. Take note of any strange pain, bleeding or other symptom you have experienced and report it to a medical professional as soon as possible. Also, make sure that you have been through various screening tests applicable during this trimester.
Baby’s Progress at Week 27
The second trimester is about to end and your baby must measure approximately 15 inches, and be as heavy as two pounds and more. The eyes of your baby are developing progressively as the layers of the retina are built. Also, your baby has its sleeping patterns by now. Once you realize your baby’s sleeping and waking pattern, try to have a rest along with your baby. In some studies, it was revealed that babies already have their dreams during this time.
Your baby’s brain also continues to become more sophisticated. The brain tissues and folds are formed. Also, hiccups are being experienced by your baby. He or she inhales and exhales the amniotic fluid that surrounds him or her. Your baby’s lungs become mature.
Tips for Women Who are 27 Weeks Pregnant
This week is a great time for you to decorate the room of the new member of the family (if you decide to separate your baby from your room). Conduct some shopping of baby items. This will not only beautify your baby’s room but may also serve as a form of exercise for you. Certainly, you will enjoy doing this, especially if you are with your partner as your shopping buddy.
You can also start reading a book aloud to your baby. Use the book that you would want to read to him or her after birth. This makes your voice sound familiar to your baby. It will also help in calming a very active baby if you listen to sweet music or nature’s sounds. Both reading aloud and listening to music stimulates and enhances your baby’s sense of hearing.