By week 27 you have officially started your third trimester. Just 10 weeks to go until your baby reaches 37 weeks which is classed as full term.
Your baby weighs approximately 2 pounds and measures around 14.5 inches from head to toe.
Some experts believe that babies begin to dream by the 28th week. No one knows for certain what they dream about. The characteristic grooves on the brain's surface start to appear and more brain tissue develops.
You may notice your baby having the hiccups, which are common this week and throughout the pregnancy. Your baby has them but is breathing
Your baby is developing immunity to infection from antibodies which cross the placenta from you.
From now until about week 30, he goes through a very active phase %u2013 his muscles are increasingly developed and his nervous system is mature enough to control some of his bodily functions. So you can look forward to your baby kicking and moving around a lot.
The rest of the time he will be sleeping. He's settling into a sleep cycle that's similar to what he'll follow as a newborn.
He's practising his sucking reflex a lot now. This is important as it will help him feed effectively once he's born. Meanwhile his muscles, organs and limbs are all formed, and throughout this final trimester he'll be busily building up fat stores and muscle mass
You may be experiencing some shortness of breath from the pressure of your uterus on your rib cage. As your uterus grows, it places pressure on the rib cage and prevents your lungs from being able to expand completely.
You may find that you spend a lot of time going to the toilet now.%u2019 This is due to the bladder completely being squashed by your-super-sized-baby... all day long.
Breast tenderness is also very common at this phase as milk production is kicking in. Other third-trimester symptoms include more swelling (known as edema)
Many pregnant women develop a mild case of anaemia because of normal changes in the body. Eat lots of iron rich food. The iron supplements often provided by the midwife can cause constipation,
My Experience at 27 weeks
The pain in my rib continued this week causing quite an amount of pain. I also felt extremely tired this week but also found that napping or sleeping at night was becoming quite uncomfortable as my bump continued to grow.