Week 27



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You might start putting on a bit more weight. But remember that you don’t need to ‘eat for two’. The quality of food, not the quantity, is more important.

Because women gain weight at different rates and times, talk with your midwife or doctor about the best amount of weight gain for you during pregnancy. Your health professional might check your weight at pregnancy visits. If you’re pregnant and carrying extra weight, you can read more about healthy pregnancy for overweight women.

If you notice any rapid swelling in your hands, feet or face, see your doctor or midwife as soon as possible, because this could be pre-eclampsia.

Whooping cough immunisation

Whooping cough is a very contagious and dangerous illness for babies. To help protect your baby against whooping cough, it’s recommended that you have a whooping cough immunisation between 28 and 32 weeks of pregnancy. In Australia, this immunisation is free for all pregnant women in their third trimester. Your GP or midwife can organise it for you.


Health authorities and experts recommend breastfeeding your baby. It can really help if you know about breastfeeding before your baby is born.

Call your local Australian Breastfeeding Association on 1800 686 268 – they’ll also be able to help you with information and support. Speak with your midwife or doctor as well if you have any questions or concerns about feeding. Your local child and family health nurse will also know lots about breastfeeding.

Your baby

Baby’s brain is starting to take more shape now. Also, baby:

  • is about 24 cm long from head to bottom, and weighs about 920 gm
  • can open its eyes
  • should be putting on lots of weight over the next month or so.

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