26 Weeks Pregnant

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Dear mom, you are now 26 weeks pregnant — start of 3rd trimester — and I hope that you’d be enjoying your pregnancy. If you’re encountering any issues, let me guide you how to deal with these issues during the 26th week of pregnancy.

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Mommy Matters

If your breasts start leaking a little fluid now, don’t be surprised. This premilk, called colostrum, is produced in pregnancy, ready for your baby right after birth.

At 26 weeks pregnant, you have now put on about 22 pounds, which might probably freak you out. However, this is the part of the pregnancy. The rate at which you are putting on more weight is not something to worry about. It is common to be a little bit bothered by the number on the scale and worrying about your body shape after the pregnancy. It is important to note that, the extra weight has nothing to do with fat. Here is a breakdown to explain the extra pounds throughout the pregnancy:

  • The baby weighs 6.5 to 9 pounds
  • About 2 pounds of amniotic fluid
  • Blood volume increases accounts for 3 to 4 pounds
  • Increased fluid volume : 2 to 3 pounds
  • Your expanded uterus now weighs about 2 pounds
  • 3 pounds for the breast
  • 6 to 8 pounds for the fats stored coupled with muscle development

Total pounds gained: 24 to 35 pounds

If there is anything that celebrities has proven to moms-to-be, is that it is possible to get your pre-pregnancy body shape after delivery. However, do not expect this to happen overnight as it seems with these celebrity moms. However, with a simple but an effective workout regimen, it will soon happen. Keep your diet in check and do not let the number on the scale pull you down.

Baby Watch

At 26 weeks pregnant, your baby’s eyelids are now separate and she can now open her eyes. She is sensitive to light passing through the abdominal wall, though at the moment he can see only in black, white, and grays. Your baby is now able to sleep for longer periods, mostly the same time as you.

Your baby’s eyelids open for the very first time around now and is sensitive to light passing through the abdominal wall.

Week 26 is important for your baby’s hearing and sight abilities. Her hearing system which includes the cochlea and other peripheral sensory organs that had reached an advanced development stage in week 18 are now fully developed and in the next few weeks, your baby will be completely sensitive to sound.

In about a month’s time, you will start feeling your baby movements as if responding to loud noises. Keep in mind that sounds are known to travel with ease into the uterus, which is pivotal to the baby’s ear development. At week 26, her eyes are also almost completely formed. While in the womb, your baby has blue eyes and they do not attain their final color until several months after birth. The lung’s air sacs are almost fully developed and will soon begin secreting a substance referred to as surfactant that helps in preventing the lung tissues from sticking together.

Baby Weight and Size

At 26 weeks pregnant, your baby measures around 14.-3/8 inches (36.6 cm) long from crown to heel! Her weight is now around 875 grams (1 lb 14-1/2 oz), just about the size of a cauliflower.

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26 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms and Remedies

At week 26, have probably noticed that other moms-to-be seem bigger or smaller that you. Although natural, such comparison can be misleading. Unlike what most moms believe, the way you carry is more dependent on your shape, structure and position and less to do with the baby’s size. You muscle tone is the primary factor. If your muscles are tight, your belly may take time to pop out and not as much as with those looser muscles. If your doctors say your baby’s development is okay, then you have nothing to worry.

Your baby now depends on the iron you have stocked up in your body. Stick to a diet rich in irons. Your doctor is also likely to prescribe iron pills to supplement your diet and to accompany the prenatal vitamins. Keep these pills in clear sight to help remember to take them as prescribed.

Tips and To Do’s

At 26 weeks pregnant, your friends and colleagues will start showering you with gifts and items that their kids no longer need.

Baby Shopping

If you are still decorating the nursery, at 26 weeks pregnant, you should endeavor to have it ready before the expected date of delivery. You do not want to have your baby in a nursery where new wallpapers and paint have recently been done given that the fumes may harm your baby. The nursery should get at least eight weeks of proper aeration with your windows open.

Make a checklist of everything you will need for your baby. Start doing research on which big items to borrow or buy and begin purchasing things if you feel comfortable doing so.

Talk to your baby

Talking to your unborn baby now can kick-start the bonding process as your voice becomes familiar to him.

Exercise during 26th week

At 26 weeks pregnant, your thighs are now carrying the extra pounds from the baby and the uterus. Stretch them out by sitting on a flat surface and crossing the right ankle of the left knee. With your right hand on the floor, pull the right thigh the left while gazing outwards over the right shoulder. Hold this position before switching to the other direction.

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