26th week of pregnancy: week after week of pregnancy
You’re cruising through your second trimester, mama! You’ve likely had a few uncomfortable moments or three — perhaps having trouble sleeping, or increasingly bothered by backaches — that gave you an indication of what might be in the final months of your pregnancy. The larger your belly gets, the more difficult basic tasks can become. Remember, when you meet this sweet baby, it’s all worth it!
Here are some other things to do when you are in your 26th week of pregnancy.
26 weeks pregnant baby girl
Can you believe your baby is about two full pounds and almost a foot long? That’s the size of the roast in the meat section of your grocery store (huh!).
Growth isn’t the only thing your child is preoccupied with. Hand-eye coordination improves, and if you need to have an ultrasound, you can see your baby’s hands exploring the face, nose, mouth, and mouth. At the 26th week, babies can feel their eyebrows and eyelashes being well formed or hair on their head.
The really big news this week is that the eyes are starting to open after all this time of closing to allow the retina to develop. Not only are they open, but the drum rolls too: those little holes can be seen (you don’t have much to see in that dark womb). The iris, which is the colored part, has very little pigmentation at this stage, so it’s too early to predict your child’s eye color.
Your body is pregnant in the twenty-sixth week
Place your hand on your stomach and you will be able to feel your uterus three inches above your belly button. Here’s a wild idea: Your uterus is now the size of a basketball (no wonder your belly is so round!).
You may feel overheated or experience hot flashes. The progesterone that moves through the body causes the body temperature to rise dramatically. Increasing your fluid intake and wearing layers of loose-fitting clothing can help you stay hydrated and comfortable.
When you are in the 26th week of pregnancy, you may notice a dark line running down the middle of your abdomen. This is called the black line. You may also notice some skin pigmentation such as Linea nigria on your face and on your armpits and thighs. All these marks and dark spots will disappear and eventually disappear completely after pregnancy.
Besides the black line, many women have stretch marks during pregnancy. Some moms (and ads!) swear that applying too much cocoa butter or any other lotion can reduce or eliminate stretch marks. Unfortunately, since stretch marks are tears within the tissues themselves, there is no way to prevent them. However, a moisturizer rich in cocoa butter can help reduce itchy skin and make it feel great on your stomach, hips, and thighs!
26 weeks gestation ultrasound
The innovative 3D and 4D ultrasound is very popular among expecting parents, who are happy to take a detailed look at their developing children. They do their best during the week. Although 3D ultrasounds are legal, you should know that the Food and Drug Administration warns against them. Unnecessary exposure to experienced technicians and ultrasound equipment is their primary concern when it comes to 3D ultrasound; Educate yourself before making a decision.
How big is my baby at week 26?
At the 26th week of pregnancy, your baby is about the size of a cluster of buds, measuring 14 inches long and weighing an average of about 2 pounds.
26 weeks how many months of pregnancy?
At this point in your pregnancy, you are six months and two weeks (6 square metres) pregnant.
Common symptoms at week 26 of pregnancy
These are some of the common symptoms of 26 weeks pregnant mothers.
- Survey of Baby’s Movements: Your baby will be more active over the next few weeks, so get ready to feel those kicks, punches, and lunges!
- Stomach pain: With your ligaments accommodating your uterus, your internal organs stacking up in your uterus, and sagging in preparation for childbirth, there are many reasons why you might not feel pain in your stomach.
- High blood pressure: Low blood pressure after months, your chances start to increase and you will slowly return to where you were pregnant.
- Heartbeat: Not only does the growth of the uterus crowd your internal organs, it also hinders the return of blood to your heart. As a result, you may feel some pulsation in your chest. It doesn’t indicate anything serious and usually eases later in the pregnancy, but tell your doctor anyway.
- Shortness of breath and shortness of breath: Stimulated by the hormone progesterone, your lung capacity continues to expand, facilitating deep breathing. But it is possible that you are still breathing rapidly and experiencing shortness of breath.
- Lumps on your breasts: It now occurs in the testicles: the growth of small glands in the skin. These bump-like glands secrete oils to keep your nipples moisturized and soft while you’re breastfeeding.
- False labour: You feel these false labor contractions as a sensation in the upper part of the uterus, lower abdomen or groin, as your uterus is exercising its muscles and building strength in anticipation of labour. Braxton-Hicks contractions differ from real labor because they are irregular in frequency and vary in length and intensity.
- The Cinch: As your body prepares for labor, it’s loosening the ligaments that support your pelvic bones. While this is useful for helping your baby out of a tight spot, all those relaxed laces can make you feel a little clumsy.
- Leg cramp: Leg muscle cramps most commonly occur at night and can wake you up with their painful and annoying spasms. When leg cramps occur, try gently bending your leg or foot and massaging the area. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and prevent leg cramps as much as possible.
- Wild dreams: Pregnant women often report vivid and recurring dreams, which is another symptom of hormonal changes. Experts believe it occurs because excess estrogen causes prolonged REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the stage of sleep in which dreams occur most often.
- More stable feelings: Now that your hormones are finally starting to show up in the evening, you may notice that you’re no longer riding an emotional roller coaster.
- Feeling anxious about labor: As your due date approaches, you may feel fearful or anxious about having a baby. Share your concerns with your partner as well as your caregiver, who can help you better understand what to expect and how you can better prepare for labor and delivery.
- Nasal congestion, nosebleeds, and bleeding gums
- Slow digestion: The hormones of pregnancy can continue to wreak havoc in the digestive system, leading to constipation, acidity, and indigestion.
- Swaying posture: So far your center of gravity has shifted due to your weight gain. To help your posture, consider doing some light exercise, such as swimming or walking.
- Back ache
- Skin pigmentation: Skin pigmentation, such as the black line on your belly, is a common side effect of pregnancy. Any pigmentation will likely fade and disappear completely after pregnancy.
- Increased libido: Many women notice that they feel more “in the mood” in the second trimester. Unless your doctor says otherwise, sex during pregnancy is safe.
- increased appetite
Pregnancy checklist at week 26 of pregnancy
Add these things to your list of things to do at 26 weeks of pregnancy.
- Know the signs of preterm labor: It is good for all women to know what the symptoms of preterm labor are, just in case. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
Persistent cramps with or without diarrhea, nausea, or indigestion
Frequent cramps every 10 minutes or so
Chronic back pain
Changes in vaginal discharge, whether it becomes watery or becomes pink/brown with blood
A feeling of pressure in the pelvic floor
Leaking fluid from the vagina
- Take a tour of the hospital: Your baby will be born early, so it’s essential that you know where you’re going and set some expectations about how to implement them by formulating a birth plan, if you wish. Some hospitals offer tours for prospective parents, which is an ideal way to find out if the environment is right for your family. If you have twins, it is important to determine your birth plan because twins may arrive earlier than unmarried children.
- Enroll in a Class: Childbirth classes are also important and tend to fill up quickly. If you haven’t signed up for childbirth classes or thought about hiring a midwife, now is the time to do so! These classes can teach you breathing and relaxation techniques that can help you function during labour.
What to expect at week 27 of pregnancy