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27 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

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. 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.

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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 areolae probably got 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 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.

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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27 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

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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

Sign up for weekly pregnancy tips: