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27 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect During Pregnancy

2 years ago4 min read
Last updated: Jan 20 2023

How are you doing, mama? At 27 weeks pregnant, your growing baby might be causing you physical and emotional strain. It’s pretty normal to have a lot on your mind around now, whether that’s trying to relieve your pesky aches and pains, or deciding which car seat or crib to buy. Our advice? Take it one day at a time. You are doing an awesome job for your baby already! Here’s the lowdown on what to expect at 27 weeks pregnant.

27 weeks pregnant

Table of Contents 📝

  • How many months is 27 weeks pregnant?
  • What should I expect at 27 weeks pregnant?
  • 27 weeks fetus
  • What does a 27 week baby look like?
  • 27 weeks pregnant symptoms
  • What else is going on at 27 weeks?

How many months is 27 weeks pregnant?

Is 27 weeks third trimester? Not quite, mama — this is the last week of the second trimester. 27 weeks pregnant in months is about 6 and a half. Only 13 weeks to go!

What should I expect at 27 weeks pregnant?

There’s a lot going on inside that 27 weeks pregnant belly! Your baby is around 14.5 inches long and will be weighing in at approximately 2 pounds — around the size of a cauliflower. And they’re pretty busy building up their muscle strength with all their kicks, punches, and flips.

27 weeks fetus

Your fetus at 27 weeks is now practicing taking breaths. Yes, they’re “breathing” amniotic fluid, but it means they’ll be able to fill their lungs with fresh air once they’re earthside.

This is a time of rapid brain development, and your baby is starting to show brain activity. You’ve got a genius on your hands already.

Not only are they getting their thinking cap on, but they’re also working on their senses. They’ll now be able to recognize your voice and other familiar sounds, albeit very muffled. Their taste buds are developing too, so if you eat something spicy, you may well feel some little baby hiccups an hour or two later. Cute!

What does a 27 week baby look like?

27 weeks isn’t a time for a routine ultrasound, but if you could see your baby, they’d pretty much look like a smaller, skinnier version of that chubby-cheeked newborn you’ll be meeting in a few months.

27 weeks pregnant symptoms

So how about you, mama? Your baby is working overtime, and you probably feel like you are, too. Restless leg syndrome, mild swelling in your feet and ankles (edema), and feeling a little faint are pretty normal, so make sure you rest up when you can, stay hydrated, and keep some healthy snacks with you for when you need a boost.

Other common 27 weeks pregnant symptoms include:

Nasal congestion

You might not have heard of pregnancy rhinitis before, but it can be a real pain to deal with. Rather than over-the-counter decongestant nasal sprays that tend not to have a lasting effect, try staying hydrated, using a humidifier at home, and doing some gentle exercise.

Feeling hairy?

Some women can experience rapid growth of body hair throughout pregnancy. While it can be great if the hair on your head is looking thick and lush, it’s not so great to have to tackle your legs with a razor when you can’t see what you’re doing… It’s all thanks to hormones called androgens, and it’ll go back to normal after birth. Phew!

What else is going on at 27 weeks?

What position is baby in at 27 weeks?

It’s hard to pin down an exact position for a 27 week fetus, thanks to all the moving and shaking they’re doing. Hopefully, they’ll shuffle into a head-down position soon, which is best for a vaginal birth, but there’s still plenty of time for them to change it up.

Keep going, mama! You’re doing great!

🤰 Read next:
28 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect
Your Pregnancy Week By Week Guide

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