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Pregnancy week 27

When you are 27 weeks pregnant, you may notice some weight gain and the increasing size of your bump. Your baby moving may also be having an impact on your sleep patterns.

Week by week stages of pregnancy: week 27

As well as getting bigger in size and weight your baby is likely to have made some big developments this week. At 27 weeks pregnant their nostrils have opened and their lungs are now capable of breathing. Their central nervous system can now control their breathing too. 

In week 27 of pregnancy you will be feeling a lot bigger, and you will have quite a sizeable bump.  You’ve started to put on more weight and quite possibly your waist as you once knew it has disappeared.

The baby has settled into a sleep pattern so you may find it difficult if your baby sleeps during the day and wakes up and starts kicking at bedtime. In fact it may be difficult sleeping anyway, as you may find you are snoring more, feeling uncomfortable or having more intense dreams than usual. 

If you are having difficulties sleeping you can remedy these yourself by taking naps during the day, using pillows for better support, trying not to drink so much before bed and relaxing in the evening by doing something nice that you enjoy such as reading or having a bath. You may also find that sleeping in a different position helps, sleeping on your left side, with your knees and back supported with pillows will relieve the pressure on the blood vessels in your back making sleep more comfortable. 

Also remember that week 27 is the last week that you can travel by aeroplane without a GP’s note when you are pregnant. With a GP’s note, you can travel by aeroplane up to 36 weeks.  So if you have any holidays planned after this, you must book in to see your GP before you fly.

Thinking about feeding?

Have you considered your feeding options? Talk to your midwife or GP about feeding, read our feeding information or talk to someone on our breastfeeding line 0300 330 0771 to help you reach an informed decision.

Further help and information

NCT's helpline offers practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700. We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

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