Your Pregnancy Week 27

Reviewed by James Brann, MD
Learn about your symptoms and changes during the 27th week of pregnancy.

Your Baby

During pregnancy week 27 your baby grows to 1.9 pounds and probably measures closer to 14.4 inches in total length! Your baby is now perfectly formed and will spend much of his time growing as you continue your pregnancy.

Changes in Your Growing Baby

Your precious baby will start putting on some weight and continue maturing. Typically your baby's eyelids are fused closed until roughly the 27th or 28th weeks of pregnancy. After this point your baby's eyelids will open as the retina starts to mature in your baby's eyes. This will allow your baby to transmit information and receive light from images on the outside. All this means is your baby's site is developing and maturing! While your baby's vision will not stabilize for many weeks after birth, your baby will be able to make out shapes and sizes in the upcoming weeks.

Your Body's Development

Your uterus continues to grow and expand, reaching almost 3 inches above your navel. Your uterus measures roughly 26 to 28 centimeters from your pubic symphysis to the top of your uterus by this time.

Changes in Your Body

You may start losing some of the energy you experienced during the second trimester. Your body will expend a lot of energy in the upcoming weeks as your baby continues to mature and develop. As your uterus continues to grow during your pregnancy, the demands on your circulatory system continue to rise, creating extra fatigue. This is a good time to try to fit in a small catnap or two if you can during the day. Even 15 minutes of rest can help you feel energetic and recharged during the day.

Many women start to experience braxton hicks contractions. These are nothing more than 'pre' labor contractions that help your body prepare for labor. Most of the time they are random and while sometimes uncomfortable, not usually outright painful.

At 27 weeks pregnant you may want to discuss your maternity leave with your employer. Don't assume that maternity leave is a right you are guaranteed as an employee. There are many rules and regulations that dictate who can and can't take maternity leave. Many employers are under no obligation to provide pregnant women with maternity leave (though most do offer some kind of maternity leave).

Fortunately you do have rights and as a pregnant woman and parent you deserve to know your rights. Many companies and states provide pregnant women disability pay or medical leave for roughly six to eight weeks after delivery. States that have disability plans providing up to 60 percent of a women's pay during the postpartum recovery period include Rhode Island, Hawaii, New Jersey and New York. Typically programs like this however have a maximum amount of income or cap they pay out each week.

Many companies however provide no paid maternity leave. You may however be eligible to take unpaid maternity leave or a family leave of absence. There are certain conditions however you may have to meet. In some cases you may have to be on the job a certain length of time before you qualify. You should talk with your human resources representative or your manger to discuss your choices so you can make plans and an informed decision when planning your maternity leave. You may qualify for Family Medical Leave which provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off after your give birth or adopt a baby. Often you can begin your leave before delivery. Remember to talk with your employer so you know what choices you have available to you.

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