Weeks 27 and 28 of pregnancy

At this stage of pregnancy, it is not uncommon to experience skin changes, such as red dots on the face, upper arms and upper body. This is due to changes in blood vessels and will disappear after pregnancy. The fetus opens its eyes for the first time.

Pregnant woman looking out the window

What’s happening to the mother?

During these weeks, it is common to get stretch marks, pigment spots and/or a dark pigment strip in the middle of the abdomen. These normally disappear or fade after birth. The nipples and surrounding area can also darken.

Pressure and movement from the baby may affect your quality of sleep, and it can be difficult to get enough sleep. It’s important that you rest when you can.

Development of the fetus

The baby now weighs between 1,000 and 1,400 grams. The fetus opens its eyes for the first time. The fetus’ vision continues to develops during the pregnancy and after the baby has been born.

A pattern of when the fetus is in activity and when it rests starts during this period. You may experience jolts in connection with sudden noises or movements. You can get to know your baby’s pattern of movements by setting aside some time each day to feel for its kicks and movements. For more information, visit kjennliv.no.

During this period, most babies will be oriented with their head down inside the pelvis. For those that are not, there is still time to turn around.

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Content provided by The Norwegian Directorate of Health

The Norwegian Directorate of Health. Weeks 27 and 28 of pregnancy. [Internet]. Oslo: The Norwegian Directorate of Health; updated Monday, March 7, 2022 [retrieved Sunday, May 26, 2024]. Available from: https://www.helsenorge.no/en/pregnancy-and-maternity-care-in-norway/pregnancy-week-by-week/pregnancy-weeks-27-and-28/

Last updated Monday, March 7, 2022