Your Pregnancy: Week 27

Pregnancy week by week: You are 27 weeks pregnant


Your Body

Your uterus is now the size of a basketball so it’s no surprise you’ve perfected the pregnancy waddle. And with the third trimester fast approaching, you’re experiencing a case of déjà vu: a weak bladder, fatigue and anxiety have returned. Stress incontinence, leaking urine while you laugh, sneeze or cough, is the result of pregnancy hormones and your bladder being compressed by your developing baby. Kegels, pelvic floor exercises, will reduce your trips to the bathroom.

Exercising is an excellent way to boost your energy and lighten physical discomfort, although it may take a lot of effort to motivate yourself. Dancing, low-impact aerobics, prental yoga and Pilates, swimming and walking keep you fit and make you feel more confident during childbirth. But don’t overstretch: cartilage, joints and ligaments soften and relax during pregnancy and may give you the false impression that your body can go beyond its limits.

Worrying about labour and delivery is natural, particularly if you are pregnant with your first child; giving birth is no small feat. Venting to your partner, family and friends, journaling about your concerns, taking childbirth, infant CPR and newborn care classes and investigating pain-relief options during labour should help ease your mind and make you better equipped for the big event. Remember, after you see your baby’s sweet face for the first time, you will forget everything else.

Baby’s World

For the first time, your baby can be measured from head to toe because his legs have begun to uncurl. He is approximately 32 cm. (12.6 in.) and weighs 0.91 kg. (2 lbs.); he’s roughly the size of a cauliflower. He tripled in length during the second trimester. Brain activity can be detected. He’s sporting longer eyelashes. Sucking his thumb strengthens his cheek and jaw muscles. Baby is still inhaling amniotic fluid so his hiccups don’t make noise but mom can certainly feel and see them when her belly jumps. Fat layers bulk up his frame. If your partner presses his ear against your belly, he may able to listen to baby’s heartbeat.

Fun Fact

When your doctor or midwife measures your belly from the pubic bone to the top of your uterus, the distance equals approximately how far along you are in your pregnancy. For instance, if the length is 20 centimetres, you are 20 weeks pregnant.

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