What’s happening in week 26
Dreaming of baby You are at 26 weeks of pregnancy,and successfully entering into sixth calendar month of pregnancy. In this week you have probably been having monthly ante-natal checks throughout your second trimester in order to check any complication in pregnancy. And this check ups continue at monthly intervals until around 30-32 weeks of gestation, then become fortnightly until 36 weeks; and weekly until your due date. Women who have a high risk pregnancy or had complications, doctors will need to be monitored more frequently.
At a glance
- Little baby weighs about 2 pounds now, and is approximately 35.5cm long.
- Your baby-to-be continues to work hard swallowing amniotic fluid this week. This act is instrumental to healthy lung development.
- Tiny fingernails have arrived. They can be jagged and sharp by the time you lay your eyes on them.
- Your little bean is getting ready to woo you with her eyelashes growing in.
How big is my baby at 26 weeks?
As on week 26 of gestation baby’s nervous system becomes more developed, and his/her fetal movements will become much more coordinated. With the passing of every week he/she gets bigger and stronger, those movements will become much more powerful. But sometimes even painful to mother when baby make a powerful kick to mother’s ribs. Baby’s eyes will also start to open in this stage, although their vision will still be underdeveloped. Baby will respond to certain noises due to his/her increased brain activity or even increased pulse rate.
Your baby is having regular periods of rest and activity and its patterns of movement are becoming more familiar to you. Some pregnant women two out of five find their little champ is more active in the middle of the night enough to wake them from a deep sleep. After a sweet snack, on hearing the sound of song or any familiar voice or when there is a sudden noise can all prompt a series of movements as well.
You at 26 weeks pregnant
- Almost three in four pregnant women start to experience mild swelling at the beginning of somewhere around this stage of pregnancy, particularly the feet, ankles and hands which is called edema. It may occur when fluids build up in your body tissues to increased blood flow.
- Beginning somewhere around the middle to end of your second trimester, your enlarging uterus swells enough to push your abdomen forward, making your navel pop out.
- More Braxton Hicks contractions this week, which are making your uterus harden at irregular intervals. Don’t worry unless they become painful and regular, or you start having lower back pain as well. You will find they are more frequent after bending over, standing up, after having sex during pregnancy and if you climb a flight of stairs.
- Avoid swelling always put a foot rest under your desk at work and in front of your favorite lounge chair. Keeping your legs and feet relax through good foot support. Get into the habit of elevating your legs too when you can to avoid blood pooling and congestion.
- Risk of preeclampsia aggravate in second trimester of pregnancy, so always keep an eye on your blood pressure.
- Hemorrhoids more than half of all pregnant women experience this painful swollen, itchy veins in the rectum just because of bigger uterus pressing down as well as to increased blood flow to the area. Talk to your midwife or doctor for any medicine to get rid of such painful situation.
- Snoring is quite common during pregnancy since increased blood flow to mucous membranes in your nose can cause congestion. But if you find your snoring is seriously interfering with your sleep, this could be a sign that you have sleep apnea , so ask your practitioner about it.
- Dental care is very important during pregnancy many women noticing some blood on your toothbrush. Oral hygiene can prevent those gums which are prone to swelling or gingivitis as well. Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss thoroughly at night. Make an appointment to see your dentist at least twice through your pregnancy.
- Some of the more embarrassing pregnancy side effects could be affecting you now, such as piles, wind and even leaky milky boobs! None of these are any long-term problems but just all part of the fun of motherhood!
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