You are now 27 weeks pregnant (or in your 28th week if that’s how you prefer to count it).

How your baby’s growing

Now that you’re approaching the final stage of pregnancy — your third trimester — your baby is really starting to grow and fill the available space in your uterus. She can now open and close her eyes, sleeps and wakes at regular intervals, and may suck a finger or thumb. Although they’re still immature, your baby’s lungs will function with some medical help, if she’s born prematurely. Read more information on your baby’s development this week

How your life’s changing

Your body is altering rapidly now: your uterus is up near your rib cage and if you’re unlucky you may discover the delights of leg cramps, hemorrhoids or varicose veins. (If it’s any consolation, they should disappear after the birth.) Labour really isn’t far away so if you haven’t already signed up for a childbirth class, then find out if there is a space available in a course now.

You’re likely to have another prenatal appointment around now and you may have a blood test to check for pregnancy anemia, 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 and you tested negative for Rh antibodies at an earlier appointment, you’ll have a further test around now.

Believe it or not, studies have shown that a mom’s breastfeeding success has a lot to do with her partner’s attitude. If you’re a new dad, it’s time to bone up on breastfeding basics so you can provide support after the baby’s born. Your partner will need looking after in the first few weeks after the birth so be prepared to help out more around the house and at mealtimes, particularly if she has had a caesarean.

Pregnancy Tip: Beyond Orange Juice

“Need more vitamin C? Try red peppers! They have nearly twice the vitamin C of a small orange. A great way to eat one of the five servings of fruit and veg you need to eat healthily each day.” — Kara B.

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