Week 27 of Your Pregnancy

October 31, 2009

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What is Happening Inside Your Body?

27Week3dMRIWeb200Congratulations! You are now entering your third trimester!

Your uterus is about 2 ¾ inches above your belly button. Your belly is growing and stretching.

Your baby is probably increasingly active. For most babies, the most active period of the pregnancy is between 27 and 32 weeks. The volume of amniotic fluid has decreased by about half now, which will make it possible to see your baby’s elbows, knees and feet poking out of your abdomen when the baby kicks and turns.

You may also feel your baby having the hiccups. This feels like rhythmic movements in your uterus, and is a normal part of your baby’s lung development.

How Big is Your Baby?

Your baby is 13-15 inches long from head to toe and weighs a little over 2 pounds.

What Does a Fetus Look Like at 27 Weeks?  -  Video

Exposure to loud noise can damage the ears of a fetus at 27 weeks (25 weeks since conception).. Click here to watch.

4D ultrasound video of a baby in the womb…Watch video here.

How is Your Baby Developing?

27 Week Fetus in the womb.Your baby is already starting to be able to taste and is acquiring a sense of smell. Click here to see video of this.

Your baby’s eyelids are no longer fused. Its brain and nervous system are growing quickly. Grooves are beginning to form on the outside surface of your baby’s brain, which was relatively unwrinkled before now.

Your baby’s heart is beating at roughly twice the rate of your own.

Your baby now has an excellent, about 85%, chance of survival if it were to be born now.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Have you picked out a name yet for your new little bundle? It is a good time to figure that out now.

It is also a good idea to start childbirth classes now, so that they can be completed before 37 weeks.

If you have not yet taken a tour of the hospital that your will be delivering at, it is a good idea to do so. This will make things easier when your labor begins. You will already know where to go, what to do, and what to expect when you arrive.

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