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27 Weeks Pregnant - Baby Development, Pregnancy Symptoms & Tips
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How Big Is My Baby At 27 Weeks Pregnant?
Your baby can recognize your voice and is about the size of a cauliflower. The baby is 14.41 inches long and weighs about 1.93 pounds.
- Your baby’s eyelashes have developed.
- Lungs, liver, and the immune system continue to develop.
- The skin is coated with thick vaxy coating called vernix.
- Fat is forming under the skin and around other vital organs.
- Retinas, light sensitive portion of the eyes, are maturing.
- Your baby is breathing amniotic fluid in and out of lungs.
27 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
Dizziness: Many pregnant women experience dizziness and lightheadedness throughout their pregnancy. Sometimes you may feel that you are about to fall or faint. These symptoms are caused by many different reasons. The growth of more blood vessels in early pregnancy, the pressure of the expanding uterus on blood vessels, falling blood sugar levels, low blood pressure, and the body’s increased need for food all can contribute to make a pregnant woman feel lightheaded and dizzy.
Round Ligament Pain: Some pregnant women experience round ligament pain. This pain feels like achy or sharp pain on one or both sides of the abdomen. You may feel this when you’re getting up, stretching or twisting. This pain caused by stretching and thinning of ligaments that support your womb. This change occurs to accommodate the increasing weight.
Insomnia: Your sleep may be disrupted by body aches, leg cramps, anxiety, and frequent urination.
Braxton Hicks Contractions: You may feel irregular and less painful contractions as your uterus becomes tight and prepares for labor. These miniature contractions are perfectly normal at this point of your pregnancy. They normally disappear when you change positions. Call your doctor if contractions persist.
Skin, Hair, And Nail Changes: You may notice more oily skin, dark patches of skin like acne, and fast-growing thick hair and nails. Pregnancy hormones cause these changes.
Bleeding Gums: If you have you noticed your gums bleeding after brushing, it could be pregnancy gingivitis. Pregnancy hormones can make your teeth more vulnerable to plaque, leaving you with swollen, bleeding gums.
Itching: Some pregnant women feel dry and itchy during pregnancy, usually on the abdomen. Some pregnant women also experience red, itchy palms and soles of the feet. This happens due to the effect of pregnancy hormones and stretching skin. Usually the itchy feeling goes away after giving birth.
Swelling: You may notice swelling of your feet and ankles. This happens because of poor blood circulation in your legs. This can also happen due to excess fluid retention in your body. This is normal and there is no cause for worry. Avoiding standing or sitting for long periods of time and popping your feet up high will help.
Tingling Hands: You may feel numbness, tingling sensation, and pain in the wrists. This is the symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome. This happens due to pressure exerted by swelling in your by on the nerves of the wrists.
Backache: Backache is a chronic symptom of pregnancy. This happens because your growing baby puts a lot of pressure on your inner muscles.
Leg Cramps: Cramping occurs in legs when you are lying in the bed during night. They can deprive you of your sleep. Straightening your legs and gently stretching your ankles and toes will help.
Frequent Urination: Needing to pee frequently will continue and is a common and constant problem during the entire pregnancy. Pregnant women commonly experience temporary bladder control problems in pregnancy. Baby in your womb baby pushes down on the bladder, urethra, and pelvic floor muscles. This pressure can lead to more frequent need to urinate, as well as leaking of urine when sneezing, coughing, or laughing.
Constipation: During pregnancy, hormones slow down the digestive system, leaving you constipated. This is an ongoing symptom you have to live with all the way through the pregnancy. Eating enough fiber, wholemeal breads, cereals, and drinking plenty of water will help.
Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy and almost half of the pregnant women get hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are swollen, inflamed, and bulging veins in the rectum and anus. They can cause discomfort, itching, pain, and bleeding. Increased volume of the blood during pregnancy can cause veins to swell and enlarge. The expanding uterus also puts pressure on the veins in the rectum. Constipation can worsen hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids usually improve after giving birth.
Nasal Congestion: Most of the pregnant women experience nosebleeds and nasal stuffiness during pregnancy. They are caused by the increased amount of blood in your body and hormones acting on the tissues of your nose. It is normal at this stage of pregnancy.
27 Weeks Pregnant: Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy
- Try walking and pregnancy yoga to help with leg cramps.
- Make efforts to keep your weight gain in check.
- Continue to follow good prenatal habits like eating healthy food and taking folic acid and prenatal vitamins daily.
- Wear breathable loose clothes and a supportive bra to feel comfortable.
- Eat fiber-rich foods, drink plenty of fluids (at least ten 8-ounce glasses per day), and consume prunes and prune juice to relieve constipation.
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals, eat slowly, avoid eating late, and wait at least 3 hours before lying down after eating for better digestion and preventing heartburn.
- Take plenty of rest and sleep at least 8 hours a day.
- Avoid long and strenuous physical activity, exercises involving jerky or sudden movements.
- Don’t take any medication or herb without your doctor’s clearance.
- Spend time or keep in touch with family, friends, and other loved ones and share your feelings. This will help you to cope with stress and anxiety and stay calm and relaxed.
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