A big hello to all moms-to-be! We know that you haven’t met your baby yet but he or she’s taking over your life! Interfering with your sleep, messing with your memory and even giving you a stress headache or two at 26 weeks pregnant. Um, he or she will do all these things after birth too! But for now, let’s see what’s up with your baby this week!
Your baby is as big as a Zucchini!
Your 26-week fetus measures about 14 weeks and weighs about 1.7 pounds. He or she is developing senses, features, and even talents! Wow!
The development that is occurring at this stage may seem small and insignificant, but it is very important as your baby prepares for delivery. The nerves in the ears are developing and allowing your baby to respond more consistently to sounds.
Your baby is also continuing to swallow amniotic fluid which is fostering lung development.
Look who’s looking! It’s your baby! Your baby’s eyes, which have been closed for the past few months are beginning to open at 26 weeks pregnant. That means your baby is able to see what’s going on now, though unfortunately the view in your uterus isn’t all that exciting. But do try this at home for kicks – Shine a flashlight at your stomach. Your little munchkin might kick in response.
Your baby’s nostrils are starting to open up, which gives him the chance to practice breathing using those newly developed muscles and lungs. There’s no air to take in, of course, so instead the baby “inhales” and “exhales” amniotic fluid.
Your baby’s sucking reflex is so strong that if his hand floats by his face, he might suck on his thumb or fingers. Ultrasounds often show babies in utero sucking their thumbs.
If you hold out your finger to a newborn, you’ll be amazed by the strength of his grip. Your baby is practicing its killer clutch right now. Baby’s favorite pull toy is its umbilical cord, but don’t worry – The cord can take it!
Your Pregnant Belly
By 26 weeks pregnant, you’ve probably gained about 7 to 10 kg or 14 to 16 kg if you’re pregnant with twins. When you touch your 26 weeks pregnant belly, you’ll notice the top of your uterus is about 2.5 inches above your belly button. Your belly will keep growing about a half inch each week for the rest of your pregnancy.
Remember, your baby is eating off your plate, so you need to continue to pay attention to what you eat and how often you eat. You also need to eat right for your own well-being; low blood sugar can make you dizzy, shaky, and tired. Small, frequent meals will help keep your blood sugar even. When you’re out and about, carry small, portable snacks like fruit or yogurt so you don’t get stuck somewhere without something nutritious to munch on.
You might not like the puffiness, but it’s normal to have some mild swelling around week 26 of pregnancy. But it’s important to watch out for swelling that’s severe or sudden, which could be a sign of a dangerous condition called pre-eclampsia. Call your doctor if your swelling seems worrisome.
Yawn! – The closer you get to your due date, the tougher it might be to get some rest! Watch your caffeine intake, stay hydrated, and get a little exercise (take walks!) to help your body settle down at night.
A slight boost in blood pressure is normal at 26 weeks pregnant. If your doctor sees too high of a boost though, he or she might have you monitored more closely. That’s because hypertension could be a sign of pre-eclampsia.
Your Week 26 Checklist!
- Pay attention to what you eat and how often you eat.
- Carry around small, portable snacks like fruit or yogurt.
- Register for your upcoming delivery at your local hospital or birth centre.
Present content is not a medical advise nor should it be substituted for one. Please consult a certified medical professional for medical consultation.