26 Weeks Pregnant – 26 Weeks Pregnant Fetal Development – pregnancy week by week

26 weeks pregnant – what to expect This week, your baby’s hearing improves, your blood pressure may increase, and you might start meeting other mums to be

Find out what else is happening to your baby and your body at week 26 How big is my baby at 26 weeks? Your baby just keeps growing and growing This week she weighs two pounds, and measures over 14 inches long, about the size of a scallion from top to toe You could make a delicious salad with all the ingredients your baby has resembled over the past few months! What’s my baby doing at 26 weeks? There are many developments with your baby this week Firstly, her ears will be better developed and more sensitive than ever before: she’ll be able to hear your voice and your partner’s voice as you speak to each other

She’ll also slowly be opening her eyes Those pretty peepers have been closed so far, to allow her retina to develop, but they’re now beginning to open and see what’s going on inside your uterus Try shining a torch at your stomach and see if your baby kicks in response to the stimulus It’s too early to know your baby’s eye colour, though: the coloured part of the eye, the iris, will only fill in over the next month or two There are other senses at work, too: your baby can now not only hear noises, but respond to them too, not by talking, of course, but by moving or with an increase in the pulse rate

Your baby’s heart rate will have slowed down considerably by this week too, from 180 beats per minute to 140 to 150 beats per minute This can be monitored on a cardiotocography (CTG) machine during your antenatal appointments and is a useful way of checking your baby’s wellbeing If you’re having a boy, his testicles will soon begin to descend, a process that can take up to three months What is my body doing at 26 weeks pregnant? Take a peek down to that ever-growing belly and you’ll notice that your belly button is now very firmly an outie This is due to your uterus swelling and pushing your abdomen forward

Don’t worry, though, your belly button will go back into place in the months after your baby is born You should also keep an eye on your blood pressure Your blood pressure will be checked at each antenatal appointment In pregnancy, your blood pressure normally falls as blood vessels relax and dilate to cope with the extra blood volume flowing through them This means you may feel faint or dizzy, especially if you stand up quickly

However, about five to 10% of pregnancies can develop pregnancy hypertension (high blood pressure) Most cases are mild, but some can be complicated by pre-eclampsia, which along with high blood pressure, also has other symptoms such as protein in your urine In general, blood pressure above 150/100 will need treatment 26 weeks pregnant symptoms Sleepless nights

Find yourself struggling with insomnia? It’s no surprise, given all you have to deal with, from constantly needing the toilet to heartburn Try to drink less before bed and to do a bit of exercise each day to help make drifting off easier Painful baby movements As your baby grows, she’s becoming more athletic than ever – but some of those artful kicks and shoves can, believe it or not, hurt! If the movements become painful, try to shift positions or stretch Migraines

If you suffered from migraines before becoming pregnant, chances are you may have them more often now you’re pregnant Steer clear of strong migraine medicine, but try holistic therapies such as massage, meditation and yoga, which are pregnancy-friendly Clumsiness Find yourself knocking into things more than usual, or tripping up? This is due to your loosened joints, extra weight and your shifted centre of gravity This won't last forever – as with many other symptoms, it will disappear once you have your baby – but for now, take extra careful when you’re on slippery surfaces and in the bath and shower

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