Week 27 of Pregnancy: Baby’s Developing Lungs and Maternal Milestones

Baby Size at Week 27: At week 27, your baby is approximately the size of a cauliflower, measuring around 14.4 inches (36.6 centimeters) from head to heel. The baby’s weight is about 2 pounds (907 grams). The lungs are continuing to develop, preparing for breathing outside the womb.

Changes and State in the Mother’s Body:

  • Your uterus is now about 2.8 to 3 inches (7.1 to 7.6 centimeters) above your belly button.
  • You may experience shortness of breath as your growing baby puts more pressure on your diaphragm.
  • Your skin might be more sensitive and prone to stretch marks as it stretches to accommodate your growing belly.
  • You may notice an increase in mucus discharge as your body prepares for labor.
  • The increased blood flow might cause varicose veins or hemorrhoids to develop.

Common Symptoms:

  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Swelling in the handsfeet, and ankles
  • Increased heartburn and indigestion
  • Fatigue and trouble sleeping
  • Backaches and pelvic pain

Tips for Week 27:

  1. Stay active with low-impact exercises like swimming or walking to alleviate swelling and improve circulation.
  2. Use a pregnancy support belt or belly band to relieve backaches and pelvic pain.
  3. Apply moisturizing creams or oils to help prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
  4. Elevate your legs whenever possible to reduce swelling in the handsfeet, and ankles.
  5. Avoid standing or sitting for long periods and take breaks to stretch and move around to prevent varicose veins and hemorrhoids.


  1. Is it normal to experience shortness of breath at week 27 of pregnancy?
    • Yes, as your growing baby puts pressure on your diaphragm, you may experience shortness of breath. Try practicing deep breathing exercises and maintaining good posture to alleviate discomfort.
  2. Can I prevent or reduce the appearance of stretch marks during pregnancy?
    • While it’s difficult to prevent stretch marks entirely, keeping your skin well-moisturized can help reduce their appearance. Apply creams or oils rich in vitamin E and collagen to nourish your skin.
  3. How can I relieve swelling in my hands, feet, and ankles during week 27 of pregnancy?
    • Elevating your legs, staying active, and avoiding prolonged periods of standing or sitting can help reduce swelling. If the swelling is sudden, severe, or accompanied by other symptoms, consult your healthcare provider.

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