27 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide
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27 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide

At 27 weeks pregnant, you’re in the last week of your second trimester. What exciting developments can you expect this week as you head into the final three months of pregnancy? Check out this guide to find out what’s in store for your body and your baby at 27 weeks.

What trimester is 27 weeks? Second trimester

How many weeks of pregnancy are left? 13 weeks

How many months is 27 weeks pregnant? You’re in your sixth month. 

With week 26 of your pregnancy complete, you’re on week 27. Enjoy it, as week 28 is on the horizon!

One of the most exciting things about pregnancy is how many changes you’ll experience with your little one over the span of just seven days! Here are some tips and tricks to keep on top of all that’s happening.

Your baby at 27 weeks pregnant:

What’s happening in there

  • Your baby is the size of a cabbage.
  • You’re nearing the end of the second trimester.
  • The countdown continues: You’ve got 13 weeks to go!

What happens during the 27th week of pregnancy?

  • Growth spurt alert! Starting this week, doctors will measure your baby from head to toe, which is why your baby has stretched to around 15 inches!
  • Getting a taste for what you like: Your baby can now taste what you eat as the nutrients pass into the amniotic fluid. Expose your little one to a variety of flavors through your diet and a range of healthy recipes.
  • Listen up: Even though your baby’s hearing is still muffled by a coat of vernix (wax) over the ears, they may have matured enough to allow them to recognize familiar voices.
  • Almost there: Your little one’s lungs, liver, and immune system are continuing to develop, but not yet functioning at 100%.

What should I be feeling at 27 weeks pregnant?

  • You’ve made it to the end of the second trimester, bringing you closer to when you’ll meet your little one face to face. Talk to your healthcare team about where and when you can attend classes for advice on birthing options and newborn care.
  • As your baby grows, you’re building a connection—in what you say, what you eat, and the little reactions you feel. Studies have shown that bonding with your baby during pregnancy can motivate you to make healthy choices and even ease you into the role of parenthood.
  • You may be feeling emotionally exhausted and stressed as the third trimester mark approaches. Take some time for yourself to sit with those feelings. Journaling or sharing your thoughts with a supportive friend helps. Keep in mind feelings of anxiety are common and indicate that you care—studies show more than 15% of women experience anxiety, but it’s estimated that those numbers are underreported.  
  • At 27 weeks pregnant, the baby’s position (which can change quite a bit until the last month) and your growing bump may contribute to more aches and pains, especially in your back and feet. Increased heartburn and swelling are common as well.

How big is your baby at 27 weeks pregnant?

27 Weeks Pregnant
Baby Weight 2 pounds
Baby Length 15 inches from head to heel
Baby Size Comparable to a cabbage

27 weeks pregnant symptoms

During week 27 of pregnancy, your body is changing quickly. Your baby is now a 27-week fetus, and as they grow, you will too, and there are certain pregnancy symptoms you may experience at this time.

6 common week 27 pregnancy symptoms

  1. Peeing when you sneeze does happen, so don’t be embarrassed. If you’re concerned, wear a pantyliner.
  2. Your pregnancy hormones will be doing some wonderful things (to offset those more annoying symptoms they bring), including causing your hair and nails to grow faster.
  3. Reduce pregnancy constipation with plenty of water and fibrous foods (like beans and veggies in a lentil-spinach soup). If you’re concerned, ask your doctor about a stool softener.
  4. Edema and swelling mean your ankles and feet are getting less circulation. You may even need to buy a larger pair of shoes.
  5. Bleeding gums, itchy tummy, blocked nose—it’s all happening in the week 27 potential symptoms department. Frequent moisturizing can help your itchy belly and help prevent and fade stretch marks. For a stuffy nose, speak to your doctor for advice on the right nasal spray, neti pot, or saline solution. If your gums are bleeding badly and you haven’t been to the dentist recently, be sure to book a checkup.
  6. Experiencing what feels like contractions at 27 weeks? They're probably Braxton Hicks contractions. A tightening of the uterus causes these mild contractions, which are also known as "false labor." They can last up to two minutes and are generally harmless. 

3 tips for week 27 for a healthy and safe pregnancy

Being 27 weeks pregnant is an important time for you and your baby. Here are some tips on how to adjust to this new stage to keep you and your baby safe.

  • Now that they can hear you, try singing to your baby or telling them nursery rhymes to bond.
  • It’s not just your ankles that can swell or become puffy; it’s also your eyes. A cold compress can help alleviate discomfort.
  • Keep a food journal to determine whether any of the symptoms you’re having could be food-related.

Week 27 pregnancy checklist

Knowing what to do week-by-week can help you feel prepared and alleviate stress. Add these new items to your to-do list this week. You’ve got this, mama!

Week 27 Pregnancy To-Dos Complete
Schedule a childbirth class.
Get some comfy shoes.
Refine your childbirth plan to share with your doc.

Learn more about your pregnancy, including pregnancy planning and pregnancy nutrition, to feel prepared to continue this magical adventure. You’re armed with the facts and know what to do, so now you can take time to connect with the little one growing inside you.

With week 26 in the rearview mirror and week 27 going strong, look to the future and what’s coming up in week 28!

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