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27 Weeks Pregnant: What's Going On

Pregnancy week 27

After being fused shut for more than four months, your baby's eyelids open again. Your baby can see lights and shadows but can't make out objects yet. Learn more about pregnancy week 27.

Your Baby at 27 Weeks Pregnant

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

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

Measuring up. Your little one will gain about a pound over the next month. This week she's up to 9.6 inches crown to rump, and weighs about 2 pounds. Though she's growing quickly, her brain and lungs are still immature. Luckily, she has 13 more weeks to get ready for the outside world. 

Your Pregnancy at 27 Weeks

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 areolae probably got darker. Now, the dark pigmented skin may extend beyond the areola. This is called a secondary areola, and it can cover half the breast. It's a temporary change, lasting up to 12 months after you deliver your baby.

Dream weaver. If you're like most pregnant women, you have an extremely vivid nightlife, once you nod off. 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 you're experiencing.

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