You are about to enter the third trimester of pregnancy, you feel different with different symptoms during this week. As the days pass by, you’ll have different feelings each day. You’ll feel energetic or restless during this week depending on your feelings when you wake up.
The size of the baby
The size of the baby at this stage resembles a beetroot.
Weight/height of the baby
The height of the baby s around 36 cms or 14.2 inches at week 26 while the weight of the baby during this stage is around 816 grams or 1.8 pounds.
About your baby
During this week, something amazing happens, till this week the eyelids were closed but at some point, during this week the baby will open up the eyes. The babies are usually blue but the color of the babies change eventually after birth. The baby looks lean at this stage but with each passing week, the fat deposition increases with increased weight gain. At week 26, the baby starts finding the position to get settled as space gets narrowed within your belly. The baby turns the head downwards with legs placed upwards during this stage. The baby might also lie horizontally during this stage.
The blood vessels start functioning during this stage with excessive pumping of blood throughout the body. The circulatory system becomes functional with increased growth of blood vessels. However, the lungs are still in the developing stage. The umbilical cord becomes thicker and stronger during this stage in order to provide essential nutrients to the baby.
About your body
The weight of the mom-to-be during 26th week is around 20-23 pounds which results in discomfort and clumsiness. You look heavier with increased visibility of the baby bump. The skin over the pregnant belly feels itchy and stretched during week 26 and further on till the end of pregnancy. The symptoms that you might experience during week 26 include Braxton Hick’s contractions which are false contractions, other than that you might experience insomnia, backaches, headaches, sleeping difficulty, general discomfort or others.
Do & Don’ts
• Eat healthy foods and avoid sugary foods, snacks, excess fats or processed foods.
• Eat foods like cucumber, broccoli, spinach, lean meats, and other fresh fruits and vegetables.
• Drink enough water in order to stay hydrated and offer sufficient supplies within the amniotic fluid to the baby.
• This week is the perfect time for babymoon where you can plan a small vacation with your partner.
• Set all your belongings in complete order as after the delivery of the baby you won’t be able to manage stuff easily.
• Track the fetal movements.