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
Your Baby’s Development
By this first week of the third trimester, your baby looks similar to what he or she will look like at birth, just thinner and smaller. The lungs, liver, and immune system still need to fully mature, but if born now, your baby would have a very good chance of surviving.
As hearing continues to develop, your baby may start to recognize your voice as well as your partner’s. Sounds may be muffled, though, because the ears are still covered with vernix, the thick waxy coating that protects the skin from becoming chapped by the amniotic fluid.
Your body continues to protect and nourish your baby. But what happens when it’s time to meet your little one? Consider signing up for childbirth classes through your local community center or hospital to learn about labor, options for pain relief, and what to expect after delivery. You’ll also learn about common newborn problems, babyproofing, breastfeeding and formula feeding, and infant CPR. Learning all you can about birth and babies will help you feel more confident, especially if you’re a first-time parent.
Pregnancy symptoms at 27 weeks
Your body is altering rapidly now. Your uterus is up near your rib cage and you may discover the delights of leg cramps, hemorrhoids or varicose veins. All these pregnancy complaints should disappear after you’ve had your baby.
You’re likely to have another antenatal appointment soon and you may have a blood test to check for pregnancy anaemia. You can become anaemic if you don’t have iron in your diet, resulting in a deficiency of red blood cells. Many pregnant women develop a mild case of the illness because of normal changes in the body.
If your blood group is Rhesus-negative you should be offered an injection of anti-D at your 28-week antenatal appointment.
What you need to know
- Labour really isn’t far away so if you haven’t already signed up for a antenatal class, then find out if there is a space available on a course now. You can also sign up for BabyCentre’s free antenatal classes.
- Believe it or not, a mum’s breastfeeding success has a lot to do with her partner’s attitude. If you’re a dad-to-be, it’s time to learn the basics of breastfeeding so you can provide support after your baby’s born.
- Your partner will need looking after in the first few weeks after the birth so be prepared to help out, particularly if she has had a caesarean.