Tuesday, July 05, 2005

27 Weeks

Your frisky baby is on another growth spurt, shooting up half an inch this week to measure about 15 inches from head to toe. She weighs roughly 2 1/2 pounds, and will gain approximately half a pound each week for the next 10 weeks. The average full-term baby weighs about 7 1/2 pounds and measures from 18 to 20 1/2 inches, but many normal, healthy babies fall outside this range. Unless your practitioner has told you of a potential problem, it's safe to assume that your little one is right on track.

If someone puts his or her ear up to your belly, over the fetal back, your baby's heartbeat will probably be distinguishable! Your baby will probably be very active between weeks 24 and 28. You may notice in the weeks to come that your baby will begin to have regular, predictable patterns of movement and sleep.

On the outside, her skin looks wrinkled from floating in water. So don't be surprised if your newborn has a crinkled, prune-like appearance for a few weeks after birth as she fills out into a baby. The lungs and immune system are still continuing to mature during this period of time.

This week, the membrane that has covered your baby's eyes will split apart to create the eyelids. Now a new visual discovery begins for baby. At this point the baby's eyes are probably blue. They will only take their true color some time after birth. The eyelashes and eyebrows are now in place.

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