27 weeks pregnant: advice, symptoms and what to expect


by Deborah Cicurel |

At twenty-seven weeks pregnant, your baby’s eyes are changing colour, and your body’s experiencing some peculiar pregnancy symptoms. Here’s everything you need to know about your baby and your body at 27 weeks.

How big is my baby at 27 weeks pregnant?

Your baby is almost double the weight they were four weeks ago. This week, she’s nearly two pounds and around 14 and a half inches long. There’s a food comparison, of course: she’s about the size of a head of broccoli.

What’s my baby doing at 27 weeks pregnant?

Your baby’s brain is really active these days, as more brain tissue is developing. She’s an active foetus, sleeping and waking up regularly, opening and closing their eyes and sucking their fingers too.

If you’re feeling any small rhythmic movements that feel like belly spasms, don’t be alarmed: they're just baby hiccups! Don’t fret, as these movements are usually short-lived and don’t harm your baby at all.

Your baby is as snuggly as ever, too: most babies this age still like to assume the cosy curled position inside the uterus, AKA the foetal position.

In other exciting news, your baby’s auditory development will be better than ever as the network of nerves to the ears matures, and they may now recognise both yours and your partner’s voices.

Your baby’s eyes will also be developing. The irises – the coloured part of the eye – will have started to develop pigment by now. Many babies are born with blue eyes because they’re still making melanin. Often the colour changes during infancy, going from blue to green, hazel or brown. The more melanin you have (which is dictated by your genes), the darker your eye colour. So it’s likely that if you’re brown-eyed your bub will be too. But you’ll know for sure by the time your baby is around two years old.

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1) Itchy belly

Thanks to the skin stretching out across your expanding belly, your skin may become dry and itchy. Apply oils and moisturisers to the itchy areas, and if the urge to scratch is overwhelming, soak in a soothing oatmeal bath.

What to do this week:

  • Eat smaller meals: To help your changing tummy, go for smaller, more regular meals that are easier to digest. Try half a sliced avocado on wholemeal bread, summer fruits and natural yoghurt topped with chopped nuts or a ham and salad pitta bread.

  • Try pregnancy yoga: To help with cramps, try some pregnancy yoga stretches (straightening out your leg and flexing your ankle and toes is a great way to do this). Going for a quick walk can sometimes help, too. You could also get your partner to massage the muscle. Probably not a good idea at 3am, though!

  • Snack before bed: To try and prevent nocturnal cramps from happening, tuck into snacks containing calcium and magnesium, such as a glass of milk and a banana. A magnesium spray might also be a good idea.

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