What to Expect when You’re 27 Weeks Pregnant
You’re in the final week of your 2nd pregnancy trimester! Not long to go now! At 27 weeks pregnant your baby weighs more than two pounds and measures fourteen and a half inches long. You’re probably a little uncomfortable with all pregnancy signs and symptoms, so here’s something to cheer you up: your baby can recognize your voice!
Also, when your partner presses his ear against your belly and listens carefully, he may just hear your baby’s heartbeat! Another development at this stage is that baby will begin to curl into his or her “fetal position” and your belly will feel firmer.
Symptoms and What to Expect
The symptoms of pregnancy at week 27 can include cramps, insomnia, and hemorrhoids. Your belly will have grown considerably in the last couple of weeks and this can affect any part of your body. Remember that these are perfectly normal pregnancy signs and keep looking forward to the baby at the end of the tunnel!
One pregnancy sign that might intensify is Edema – the swelling and tingling of your extremities (hands, wrists, feet and ankles). This is caused by fluid building up in your tissues and is perfectly safe. One word of advice: take your rings off before it gets too difficult!
While a little swelling is normal, excessive or painful swelling can be a warning sign of preeclampsia, which can be very serious. Other symptoms of preeclampsia include elevated blood pressure and protein in your urine. See your doctor right away if you’re worried.
To Do List
At the end of your second pregnancy trimester you’re likely to have an urge to start “nesting”. It’s a great time to shop for baby clothes, blankets, toys and other furnishings.
If you’re still working, you’re probably starting to get pretty tired and, believe it or not, your feet can have a big effect on how you feel, especially if you have edema. Ditch the heels and wear soft, comfortable heels.
When tiredness is taking its toll, it’s more important than ever to get out and walk in the fresh air. It seems like a contradiction but a little exercise helps with both energy and sleeping patterns!
It’s good to know about pregnancy stages before they arrive so you can prepare yourself. So here’s an overview of everything about pregnancy three (afterall it starts next week!). We explain each of the symptoms and developments leading up to your delivery.
There are so many pregnant symptoms – some wonderful (glowing skin, fast growing hair and the excitement of becoming a parent) – and some not so good (like nausea, cramps, indigestion and mood swings). But which symptoms are normal and which could be pregnancy warning signs? We give you some tips on symptoms to look out for and how to deal with them.
Even if you don’t plan on going out very much during your pregnancy, we recommend buying at least one formal maternity dress. You might wear it for your pregnancy pictures, to a friend’s wedding or for your baby shower. Or, perhaps you’ll put it on just to feel beautiful and lift your spirits when you’re feeling frumpy or down! We showcase the very latest in
formal maternity wear.