If you are 27 weeks pregnant, you're in the second trimester, which is a little over halfway through your pregnancy. You may be feeling a bit more energy, or you might not – it all depends on your individual experience and the unique circumstances of your pregnancy. Regardless, your baby is growing, and if you're experiencing swollen ankles, try a cold compress or take it easy. If you're having what feels like contractions, that's probably just Braxton Hicks – mild tightening of the uterus caused by hormones.
This week, your baby's brain tissue continues to develop rapidly, and they may start to dream. Your fetus is also getting bigger, measuring about 14 1/2 inches from head to toe and weighing in at around two pounds. They can hear you now, so if you sing to them or tell them nursery rhymes, it'll help build that bond. Some babies even get a hiccup now, though that's more of an involuntary reaction to the movement of your diaphragm than something they initiate themselves.
Many people get excited about their due date – but fewer than 4% of babies are born on that day, and most come within a week or two. While there are factors that can impact how close or far from their due date your baby will be born, the most common reason is simply because every woman's pregnancies are different and it takes time for them to go into labor naturally.