For mom

In about a week's time, at pregnancy week 28, your baby will be 3/4 of the way up your tummy. As it continues to grow, you may occasionally feel breathless.

Why are you feeling breathless at week 27?

Breathlessness is a very common complaint in expecting mothers. There are a few reasons why you feel this way.

At the moment, it is because of the increasing oxygen demand. When you enter your third trimester in a couple of weeks time, your enlarging womb will weigh on your diaphragm and make it more difficult to breathe.


If breathlessness comes on very suddenly, and you get chest pain when you breathe, or feel feverish, seek help immediately. We need to make sure you do not have a blood clot in the lungs or a chest infection.

Reminder/Tips: Ladies who are rhesus-negative would usually need an Anti-D injection next week as well as at pregnancy week 34. Please consult your doctor.

For baby

Your baby is growing rapidly at week 27.  Here’s what’s happening this week:

  1. Fingerprints: His/her finger prints are fully formed by now
  2. Brain development: Also, his/her brain tissue is increasing, giving rise to little grooves called sulci
  3. Hearing: As your baby's hearing develops further, he/she is able to recognise deeper tones more easily and recognise patterns of speech 

Ref: L20

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