Your baby is going through fast and furious phase of brain development. There’s a lot going on in that little head!
He or she might open their eyes around now and may like to suck on a thumb or finger. Your little one may even respond to loud noises with blinks, like adults do!
If you’re having a boy, his testes come down into the scrotum while if you’re having a girl, her ovaries will have all their follicles.
Pregnant at 27 weeks, you could find yourself wanting to eat more – but make sure you eat well – good nutrition is still very important.
As the room in your uterus gets smaller, you may find as your baby moves around that you are on the receiving end of a few sharp kicks or jabs.
You’re usually advised to put on just over a 1lb a week in the second half of your pregnancy. 27 weeks pregnant weight gain can cause stretch marks around your tummy, hips and thighs. After your pregnancy, these often fade and become less apparent. Moisturising can help smooth the skin, but isn’t likely to stop you from getting them as they are often genetic.
If you’re experiencing pelvic girdle pain (PGP) or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction which may cause pain while walking up stairs, or even turning over in bed – visit your midwife or GP who should be able to treat the pain effectively.
What to think about
Are you still thinking about what sort of birth you would like? There are several options available to you - such as a home, hospital or water birth. Talk to your midwife and ask for advice so you know what to expect.
Pregnant women often complain of back pain during the third trimester as the joints are softened by hormones and the body tries to cope with the weight gain. Exercising may help your body’s ability to deal with the strain, as well as stretching and support belts.
Make sure that you’re prepared for your baby’s basic needs. Have a look at our newborn essentials list for more information.
It might be useful to have a think about pain relief during labour. You may be offered several options and knowing beforehand might help you to feel more prepared.