Pregnancy week 27
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How's the foetus during week 27?

Audible heartbeat

Your baby is about 36.6cm from crown to heel and weighs about 875g- the size of a head of cauliflower.

 Your baby's heartbeat may be heard when someone puts their ear to your abdomen. 
The lungs and brain continue to grow rapidly.
Eyelids begin to open and the retinas begin to form. 
You will start to notice that your baby has regular patterns of sleep and activity.

What's with my body: You may feel shortness of breath

Your uterus has moved under your rib cage making it difficult for your lungs to expand leaving you feeling short of breath. 

Start doing pelvic floor exercises by tilting your pelvic and tightening and relaxing the muscles you use to control your pee.

Go back to the complete list of Pregnancy week-by-week updates. 

Congratulations, you've reached the 3rd Trimester! While reaching the third trimester feels like great progress, with it comes a return to fatigue, dizziness, and constant trips to the bathroom. You may find yourself short of breath as your uterus moves up higher in your ribcage and baby is putting pressure on your back. The best way to get a reprieve? Exercise!

How your baby's growing:

Your baby is about the size of a kitten now and covered in thin, shiny skin. Did you know? Baby's have more taste buds at birth than they do later in life as newborns are able to sniff out and tell the difference between their mother's milk and someone elses.

How you may be feeling:

You might be experiencing lower back pain at this point, as your centre of gravity has changed due to pregnancy. The pressure of baby's weight can also cause sciatica (shooting pains down your legs). This may be somewhat relieved by wearing low-heeled shoes and sitting with a straight back in a hard chair or on the floor, ice packs and warm baths.

Tip of the week

  • Even if you're feeling heavy and more prone to exhaustion, don't forget that your energy will be renewed through a considered workout. Get some fresh air and exercise!

Reasons why you should keep going:

  • Improved body image, feeling stronger
  • More restful sleep and less insomnia
  • Decreased constipation
  • Decreased risk of gestational diabetes
  • Better balance and posture
  • Greater stamina for labour and delivery
  • Speedier recovery after giving birth

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