27 weeks pregnant

27 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

Though growing quickly, baby’s brain and lungs are still immature. Luckily, there are still 13 more weeks to get ready for the outside world.

Just looking. After being fused shut for more than four months, your baby's eyelids can open again. Along with the visual part of the brain being active and most eye structures complete, this means that your little one can see lights and shadows.

Rock-a-bye baby. Just like babies in their mothers' arms, your little one gets lulled to sleep by rocking. Even running errands can feel like rocking to your baby; thanks to the amniotic fluid, all baby feels is gentle swaying.

Fetus at 27 weeks pregnant

27 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

Right on target. Your breasts will keep changing throughout your pregnancy (and beyond). Many women find that the areola, the dark part of the breast that surrounds the nipple, continues to change as well. In the first trimester, your areola probably became darker. Now, the dark pigmented skin may even extend beyond the areola to create a secondary areola, covering up to half the breast. It's a temporary change that will probably disappear by your baby’s first birthday.

Dream weaver. If you're like most pregnant women, you have an extremely vivid–even bizarre–night life. The dramatic dreams of pregnancy may be due to the extra hormones coursing through your body. They may also be your mind's way of dealing with the range of thoughts and emotions that you're experiencing.

Did you know? The taste buds have developed and your baby can now taste differences in amniotic fluid, based on your daily menu. Some babies will respond to your spicy food by becoming more active or hiccuping!

27 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

  • Think about whether you'd like to hire a doula, a trained labor support professional

  • Expect more dramatic or vivid dreams, which may be due to the extra hormones

  • Plan who could help out during those first weeks at home with your newborn

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