I definitely look like I’m rocking a 27 Weeks Pregnant Belly. The second you see me, you know I’m pregnant. The other day my husband asked me how many more months we had until our new baby arrives. “Two? Three?” he guessed. (In his defense, keeping track of time is not his strong suit. He often asks me how old he is.) When I told him we had three more months to go, he widened his eyes and said, “Wow! You’re already so big!” (Tact is not his strong suit either.)
27 Weeks Pregnant Belly
But yes, now walking around with a 27 weeks pregnant belly, I am due in just about three months with baby #3, a little boy we’re naming Brad. This means that next week I will be in my third trimester, which I can’t believe. It seems like yesterday I saw a super faint second line on a pregnancy test – I took the test very early – and paced around my kitchen bursting with nervous excitement. And now here I am with a big belly and a bunch of crazy things going on with my body thanks to a little growing baby.
According BabyCenter.com, with a 27 weeks pregnant belly:
Your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (about the size of a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with his legs extended. He’s sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing his eyes, and perhaps even sucking his fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby’s brain is very active now. While his lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning – with a lot of medical help – if he were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don’t bother him, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.
While I don’t think I’ve felt any hiccups, I’ve certainly been feeling and noticing plenty lately about my changing body. I thought it would be a good chance to outline some of my 27 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms so that anyone else who may be experiencing these can commiserate!
Stretch Marks. They’re baaaack. I had stretch marks on my belly towards the ends of my previous two pregnancies, and this time around they’ve made their appearance again. I just noticed them recently when I was checking to see if my belly button was starting to pop out yet (it isn’t). I can’t see much below my belly button these days by looking down, so I was checking it out in the mirror and saw those familiar tiger stripes staring back at me. This is one of my 27 weeks pregnant symptoms that doesn’t bother me in the slightest since I know it just means my belly is expanding and my baby is growing, which is a good thing!
My Leg Hair Growth Has Slowed. This is such a strange one, but I do actually remember this happening with my previous pregnancies, too. I had just kind of forgotten about it. Listen, I am one of those women who usually has to shave every few days. Even though I’m very fair and I’m a natural blonde, for some reason my leg hair has always been dark and fast-growing. But in the shower the other day I realized it had been over a week since I had last shaved… and I had hardly any hair growth. This is one of those 27 weeks pregnant symptoms that is a total WIN for me!
Pelvic Pressure. There are times when I’m absolutely sure the baby is about to fall right out of me. Sometimes it’s after I’ve been on my feet a lot, and sometimes it’s just out of nowhere. I took my almost-3-year-old Eve on a walk around our neighborhood recently and wasn’t thinking straight when I decided to push the stroller up a pretty steep hill. Hoo boy, that came back to haunt my pelvic floor. While the pelvic pressure isn’t a constant nuisance, when I’m feeling it, it’s pretty uncomfortable and I try to make sure I sit down and rest for awhile (or as much as I can with two kids who like me to fetch things for them).
Lower Back Pain. This is one of my 27 weeks pregnant symptoms that goes hand-in-hand with the pelvic pressure. If I have been doing too much – or lifting more than the recommended 20 lbs. (ha!) – my lower back is going to be feeling it. I know I’m guilty of lifting Eve too often, but I can’t resist when she looks up at me with her big blue eyes, put her arms in the air, and gets her pronouns all mixed up, saying, “Mommy, I hold you?” Thankfully, my 5-year-old Brian understands why I can’t lift him anymore and is usually fine with the option to just hug or snuggle with me on the couch instead.
Swollen fingers. It’s weird but swelling in my fingers is usually one of the first signs of pregnancy for me. My engagement ring is a little smaller than my wedding ring, so I have had to take it off very early on in my pregnancies. During this pregnancy I have been able to keep my wedding ring on up until just about now. I can still get it on and off, but if I leave it on over night it’s really snug in the morning, and since I’m paranoid about having to get it cut off, I’ve just decided to keep it off from now on. I do hate not having my rings on, though, so I think I’m going to put them on a necklace and wear that for the remainder of my pregnancy so I can still have my rings “on” me.
If you’re pregnant, too, how is it going for you? Is your husband as clueless as mine is about your due date!? (Honestly, he is an amazing husband and dad – he is just realllly bad at keeping track of these things.) If you’re at the same point as me, are you feeling any of the 27 weeks pregnant symptoms I listed?
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