At 27 weeks pregnant, which is the start of the third trimester, the baby in the womb resembles how they will look when they are born. The only difference is that at this time they are much smaller and thinner in terms of size and stature. The baby’s lungs and liver have not matured yet, thus they are still a bit delicate. Development of the other organs is also continuing. The immune system is not fully mature, although were one to give birth at this time, the baby would still have a great chance of survival.
The development of the baby’s hearing continues, and he/she begins to recognize the mother’s voice, as well as the father’s. The sounds will however be muffled, as the little baby’s ears are still covered with vernix, a waxy coating that is thick and provides the baby’s skin with protection from any chapping that might be caused by the amniotic fluid.
It is important for a 27 weeks pregnant mother to learn as much as they can about child birth and the baby in general. This is to arm themselves with not only the skills, but also the confidence required for when the baby comes. This is especially so, if they are first time parents. This is also the time when out of nowhere, one is hit by the realization that they are soon going to be a mother. And the end of the waiting is very close. Much sooner than they thought, they would be holding their baby in their arms.
This is the time that most mothers start what is called nesting. The nesting instinct varies from one mother to another. It might be mild in some, while in others it is very strong. Some mothers tend to have an obsession to clean and start tidying up of the whole house. But others work at organizing and sprucing up the nursery in preparation for the baby.
The 27 weeks pregnant mother should also be prepared to make regular visits to the doctor, as this is the time that mother and child need as much monitoring as they can possibly get. This is the time they generally start to pick out baby names seriously, as well as decorate the nursery. It is also around this time that a mother should note that she is in the final days. She will note also that nesting can signify that labor and delivery could possibly happen any time now.