26 Weeks Pregnant
Learn what's happening in week 26 of pregnancy and find out how your baby is developing.
At 26 weeks of pregnancy, you're about to enter your third trimester. You've probably been having monthly antenatal checks throughout your second trimester, so you're getting used to what's involved each time.
At this stage, you may be experiencing the phenomenon "pregnancy brain", which means that you may find yourself being especially forgetful. Doctors aren't really sure what causes this, but the lack of sleep is certainly a big contributor.
Your baby is now the size of a turnip and is starting to practice using its little lungs.
What happens in your body in pregnancy week 26?
You are probably doing a little better in terms of the symptoms of pregnancy. However, you may still experience some symptoms of pregnancy at 26 weeks like terrible pelvic pain, heartburn, leg cramps, and morning sickness.
It's not unusual to experience clumsiness, which is related to the fact that your center of gravity has shifted, you've gained weight, and your joints have loosened.
At this stage, your belly is big and you're experiencing a lot of internal changes, so it's no wonder your body's having trouble calming down and getting to sleep. Being sleep-deprived is tough, but don't worry because it won't harm your baby. Have a nap in the daytime, if you're able to.
Daytime naps can reduce stress, improve perception and increase alertness.
Changes in Your Body at 26 Weeks Pregnant
At 26 weeks, it's common to experience some swelling in your ankles and feet. This is completely normal because your blood volume has increased by 25% since the beginning of your pregnancy. The extra circulating blood means that you may notice your ankles and legs swelling by the end of the day. Watch out for swelling that is severe, as it can be a sign of a dangerous condition known as preeclampsia.
At this time, you may have "false" labor pains also known as Braxton Hicks contractions. They are making your uterus harden at irregular intervals, but you shouldn't be worried unless they become regular and very painful. Your old friend constipation is still here, so remember to drink lots of fluids, eat fibre-rich foods and exercise regularly.
Your Baby at 26 Week of Pregnancy
Your baby is as big as a turnip and is about 13 inches long and weighs around two pounds. The nostrils are starting to open up and your baby starts practicing breathing by breathing amniotic fluid in and out of their lungs. Your baby's eyes are finally beginning to open this week and your baby will be able to see what's going on.
Your little one can now hear noises and respond to them. The immune system is also developing and his/her movements are much stronger.
Pregnancy Week 26 Tips
Take it slowly when you're standing up from now on. Many women experience a drop in blood pressure when they go from a lying or sitting position to standing. So, when you're getting out of bed, sit on the edge for a few minutes and then stand up.
Pay attention to what you eat and how often you eat. Small, frequent meals can help fight heartburn and keep your blood sugar even. Low blood sugar can make you dizzy and tired. Ensure you are eating lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, fiber-rich foods, and Vitamin B-rich foods. Drink lots of water to fight the common pregnancy symptoms at 26 weeks including constipation and swelling.