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Pregnancy at week 27

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Your baby

Your baby is growing and maturing fast. Their muscles have developed and their body is well proportioned, but they are still very thin. They will put on a lot of weight in the next month.

Their skin is no longer transparent. It’s red, very wrinkly and is covered in vernix, a waxy coating that protects the skin.

They can open their eyes and are kicking you quite hard now. You and others will be able to feel the kicks by placing a hand on your tummy.

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Your body

Women usually put on quite a lot of weight from now until 36 weeks. Different women put on weight at different times, so don’t compare yourself to others. Remember, you don’t need to eat for two. Having a healthy diet with good nutrition for you and the baby is more important than the quantity of food you eat.

As your bump grows, you might start to see stretch marks – pink or purple lines that develop on the surface of the skin. These might develop on your tummy, thighs or breasts. The skin can become sensitive and itchy, too.

Stretch marks aren’t harmful and they will fade over time. Not every woman develops stretch marks. The more weight you put on, the more likely you are to get them.

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Things to remember

If you haven’t already had one, now is the time to have a whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination. Whooping cough can be a very serious illness for newborn babies. If you are vaccinated, you will transfer your antibodies to the baby, protecting them when they are too young to have a vaccination themselves.

This vaccination is offered free to all pregnant women in Australia through the National Immunisation Program. It’s recommended to have the vaccination between 20 and 32 weeks in each pregnancy.

You can read more about the whooping cough vaccination in the Department of Health’s brochure, Protect your baby from whooping cough.

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Your pregnancy journey

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Last reviewed: August 2019


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ACD A-Z of Skin - Striae

Stretch marks are extremely common, affecting over 70% of the population. There are two types of stretch marks - striae rubra (red or new stretch marks) and striae alba (white or old stretch marks).

Read more on Australasian College of Dermatologists website

Changes to your skin during pregnancy

As your pregnancy develops, you may find that you experience changes to your skin and hair.

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Common discomforts during pregnancy

Your body has a great deal to do during pregnancy. Sometimes the changes taking place will cause irritation or discomfort, and on occasions they may seem quite alarming.

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Stretch marks

Not every woman will get them, but stretch marks are very common during pregnancy.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

ACD A-Z of Skin - Polymorphic eruption of pregnancy

Polymorphic eruption of pregnancy (PEP) is a relatively common pregnancy dermatosis that causes very itchy red bumps to appear over the abdomen.

Read more on Australasian College of Dermatologists website

Pregnancy at week 26

Your baby is starting to put on fat and muscle and as your baby grows, your centre of gravity will shift, so you might find that you are starting to walk differently and maybe even a little clumsy.

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Third trimester

The third trimester is the last 3 months of your pregnancy – an exciting time, but with some discomforts too. Learn more about what to expect before the birth.

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Check-ups, tests and scans available during your pregnancy

Antenatal care includes several check-ups, tests and scans, some of which are offered to women as a normal part of antenatal care in Australia. Learn more here.

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Stretch marks - Better Health Channel

Over time, stretch marks lose their bright colouring and become silvery, shimmering lines.

Read more on Better Health Channel website

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