You’re 27 weeks pregnant — the third trimester is so close now!
Your body is continuing to change.
Most of your pregnancy symptoms are related to weight gain and the strain of carrying baby.
The good news is that you’re almost on the home stretch now.
This is the last week of your second trimester.
Congratulations! You’re doing an amazing job growing this new baby of yours.
Before the third trimester starts, it’s a good idea to take stock of what needs to be done before baby arrives.
You might need to finish researching what car seat will best suit your needs. It’s good idea to check safety standards where you live and check it will fit properly in your car.
You have probably already booked birth education classes but if not, definitely make sure you do this as soon as possible.
It’s best to have completed birth classes by the time you’re around 35 weeks. This is to make sure you have finished before baby arrives, especially if you give birth earlier than expected.
Start having a think about your birth plan too.
This is a list of preferences and expectations about how you would like your birth to unfold.
You can talk to your doctor or midwife about your birth plan during an antenatal appointment.
A birth plan can help your partner to understand their role as birth support person.
If you’re not sure a birth plan is for you, check out Birth Plan – Why Write One? Free Birth Plan Template.
27 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know
It’s getting pretty snug in there as your baby grows.
Every day your uterus has to expand just a little more as baby gets bigger.
Gaining too much weight now is definitely not going to help you feel more comfortable.
Keep making healthy food choices and don’t skip your regular exercise.
You’ll feel better for it and it helps you to have a more positive pregnancy and birth experience.
With only three months to go, it’s time to check you’ve got everything in place for maternity leave if you’re still working.
And it wouldn’t hurt to talk to your partner about responsibilities after baby is born.
You might be realising your relationship will be affected once you become parents.
This is normal and having open and honest discussions about expectations can help..
If you have other children, the impact a new sibling will have on them is also something to consider.
As adults, we can easily assume a new baby is going to be adored by their older siblings.
But the reality is there is usually some jealousy and resentment, especially if your child is still quite young.
Role play and stories can help your child prepare for the adjustment of becoming the oldest.
10 Things To Do With Your Child Before The New Baby Arrives is packed full of ways to prepare your child for the arrival of the new baby.
27 Weeks Pregnant — Your Body
At week 27 of pregnancy, you are probably experiencing some wind now.
It’s caused by a loss of muscle control around your rectum because of the pressure the growing baby is creating.
There’s really nothing you can do other than avoid foods that cause gas.
You can find out what to avoid and what can help give you some relief in our article Gas During Pregnancy.
You may also be experiencing more frequent urination.
As your baby grows, your bladder is under more pressure.
You may even have some bladder leakage when you sneeze. Be sure you visit the toilet frequently to avoid this.
Restless leg syndrome often becomes a problem around 27 weeks pregnant.
If your legs feel tired and jittery, especially at bedtime, this is likely the cause. It can be very uncomfortable.
In addition, it can make getting to sleep more difficult, and you’re probably already having enough trouble with that!
There are a number of ways to relieve restless legs which you can read about here.
You could also be experiencing some dizziness and feeling faint.
This is due to constriction on your blood vessels.
The pressure may be causing some oxygen deprivation to your brain.
If you feel dizzy or faint, take a seat immediately. You don’t want to have a fall.
Nasal congestion is also common around this stage of pregnancy.
This happens due to pregnancy hormones causing swelling in the membranes of your nose.
Drink plenty of fluids, sleep with your head elevated or try saline drops to get some relief.
27 Weeks Pregnant — Your Baby
Your baby is starting to show brain activity now.
This will continue to develop in complexity over the next few weeks.
Baby’s lungs are developing rapidly.
Although they won’t be completely developed until the very end of your pregnancy
If born now baby’s lungs would be able to function with medical assistance.
But for now your baby keeps breathing amniotic fluid as practice for those first breaths after birth.
This increases the chances you can feel your baby’s hiccups.
Which is kind of cute and adds an extra dimension to the bumps and thump you’re already feeling.
Your baby is also gaining more all important fat under the skin and around their organs.
Braxton Hicks contractions are happening more frequently and you might sometimes wonder if baby is making her appearance a little too soon.
Keep in mind Braxton Hicks contractions don’t continue for hours on end.
They don’t become more rapid in succession, and they’re generally are not painful.
If you experience contractions with these characteristics, you might be in early labour.
Call your doctor immediately if you suspect this.
As your baby grows bigger, averages become more inaccurate.
Genetics take over and your baby develops at their own unique rate.
Your baby at 27 weeks weighs around 600 grams or 1.3 kg, is 35-40 cm long and is about the size of a head of lettuce.