Your Pregnancy at Week 27

by Your Baby Club

Baby can now begin to recognise individual voices!

Week 27

your baby this week:

Another centimetre in length from head to toe gained, a major milestone for your baby is reached during this time in the pregnancy - they can now begin to recognise individual voices. At this point, their ears and hearing have matured where they are able to identify some voices, or at least some slightly muffled equivalents of your voices that they hear through the various layers covering them at this stage.

Your baby now has more taste buds than they will at birth, making everything you eat a delight, or shock to their palette once ingested via their amniotic fluid. If they don't like what you’ve eaten, they'll swiftly let you know about it! Mums have reported they've felt a sharp kick or hiccup from their little one after eating spicy food for example. Here's your chance to start trying new food and seeing what the baby likes!

your body:

You've almost reached the end of the second trimester! Be thankful for any pregnancy glow you are experiencing (sorry to all those mums out there that feel they are far from glowing!). Over the coming weeks, you may find some of those early symptoms return, as everything, including your stomach, starts to get just a little bit squished.

Sleep may be starting to be disturbed as you struggle to get comfortable. Women are now advised to avoid sleeping or laying on your back as this can increase the risk of stillbirth. The optimum position is to sleep on your left-hand side to increase the level of oxygen and nutrients that reach the baby. If you find that you can only sleep on your right-hand side, this is still considered safer than sleeping on your back.

TOP TIP: Try changing the side of the bed you sleep on as you may find it easier to sleep facing away from your partner or over the side of the bed!

For your body, a somewhat more unwanted change may be underway, stretch marks! Unfortunately, it is estimated that at least half of all women29 get them, however, these marks do not stay as vivid as they start out, but fade over time. It may be worth keeping your skin moisturised morning and night, drink lots of water and manage your eating habits to avoid rapid weight gain and reduce risk of stretch marks.

A slightly less happy symptom you may be beginning to experience at this stage, if you’ve not suffered from it so far, is some swelling around some of your extremities (ankles, feet, and hands) otherwise called an 'edema'. These occur due to fluid buildup in tissue because of your increased blood flow and pressure from your uterus. Though it is normally nothing to worry about if the swelling is excessive talk to your doctor as it may be a sign of pre-eclampsia. You can get some relief from the swelling by trying some light exercise such as walking and avoiding sitting or standing for too long.

Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife

Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.

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your tips & to do's:

As you approach your third trimester, you may want to consider getting registered for a birthing class, if you haven't already. These are generally offered by your local hospital, although if you have any interest in a specific method, such as the Bradley Method or Hypnobirthing, you may want to ask your midwife, obstetrician, or experienced friends, for some recommendations.

Limited class sizes tend to fill up more quickly than you'd expect. Some classes will last a couple of days, while others span over a couple of weeks or months. Do your research before deciding which birthing style is best for you. There are many techniques, such as Hypnobirthing, water birthing, the Alexander Technique, and the two most common types: the Lamaze Technique and the Bradley Method.

The Lamaze Technique teaches that childbirth is a normal, natural, and healthy process. It empowers women through education and support. This method should help you approach childbirth with confidence and explores ways to find strength, or comfort, during delivery, using various techniques for relaxation and eliminating counterproductive responses (like tensing up). The Bradley Method emphasizes having a natural childbirth alongside the active participation of your partner. Traditionally, this course is given in 12 sessions and focuses on nutrition, exercise, and techniques for relaxation, and highlights the importance of trusting your instincts during childbirth. The Bradley method also encourages and is highly supportive of breastfeeding.

If you take a class through your hospital, your class will often include a hospital tour. If you take a class elsewhere, you should still have the option to schedule a hospital tour. The hospital tour gives you a chance to see the labor and delivery areas, the operating rooms used for caesareans, the recovery and patient rooms, and the nursery area.

Some questions to consider asking while touring the hospital include:

  • What are the hospital's policies on visitors?
  • Will your partner be allowed to stay with you during labor and delivery? Throughout recovery?
  • Are private rooms available? Are they standard?
  • Do they offer breastfeeding support?

Most hospitals allow you to pre-register for childbirth, and some even allow you to fill out its forms online. This will make your arrival and check-in much faster and easier, so be sure to take advantage of this (if it's offered). You won't want to fill out your information while you’re in active labor!

If you haven't already, now is also the time to put together a birth plan. This doesn't have to be anything formal. It can be as simple as discussing your options with your doctor ensuring your preferences are known. Have a clear understanding of the experience you want for your labor and delivery. As you prepare, keep in mind that you can't control every aspect of the delivery. The best you can do is plan for what you want and be prepared for the unknown.

Don't forget to write in your pregnancy journal this week!

your symptoms

Below is a list of pregnancy symptoms commonly experienced during week 27.

  • Swelling, or edema, in your ankles and/or feet
  • Stretch marks and/or unwanted hair growth
  • Sweating
  • Thicker hair
  • Heartburn
  • Stronger nails
  • Braxton Hicks
  • Tingling, numbness, or pain in your hands and wrists
  • Bleeding and/or swollen gums
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Backaches and/or leg cramps
  • Crazy dreams
  • Fetal activity
  • Fetal hiccups

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