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26 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

26 Weeks Pregnant

26 Weeks Pregnant
26 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is 14 inches long this week and weighs 1.7 pounds. That’s about the size of a VHS tape case.

Your Baby at 26 Weeks

  • Sleep routine: Now that they know up from down, your baby is starting to develop regular sleep and wake patterns. Don’t be surprised if they’re active while you’re still and sleeping when you’re on the move.
  • Immune system: Your little one is starting to build up immunities to protect against infections after birth, thanks to the placenta. Between the placenta and colostrum (the antibody-rich pre-milk), your body is working hard to protect baby.
  • Eyes: This week baby’s eyes are forming. Soon, they’ll start to open! Their color won’t be certain until a few months after birth.

Baby’s Hair Development

During week 26, baby’s eyelashes are starting to grow, getting ready for the big opening. And that’s not the only cool baby development hair fact. Did you know these?

  • Right now, all that hair is white but it will eventually develop pigment.
  • Your baby’s body is covered with a peach fuzz called lanugo. Usually, it gets shed around 29 weeks or 30 weeks, but there may be some of it left at birth.
  • Your baby’s hair color at birth won’t necessarily be their permanent shade. It’s normal for hair color to change as they get older.

Fun Fact

Most babies are born with blue eyes, but by six months their permanent eye color will appear.

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 26

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Pregnancy Symptoms at 26 Weeks

  • Hemorrhoids: Like cyclists, many pregnant women develop hemorrhoids, which are a variation of varicose veins (basically swollen blood vessels) in one of the most sensitive areas on your body: your butt hole. They vary from uncomfortable to incredibly painful and can cause bleeding when you poop. Try to avoid becoming constipated by eating a high-fiber diet, staying hydrated and exercising regularly. Also do your kegels. If you are already suffering from hemorrhoids, consider buying a sitz bath, which goes on your toilet and lets you bathe that tender area in warm water. Use those baby wipes that you are stocking up on or get some with witch hazel to help soothe the area.
  • Higher blood pressure: If at a doctor’s visit, your blood pressure is slightly high (140/90 or higher), it’s probably no biggie and just a one-time thing. If high blood pressure first gets noticed after week 20 and lingers, it’s called gestational hypertension. This is a pregnancy-induced condition that should go away after delivery. You’ll be watched closely though since one in four women with gestational hypertension develops preeclampsia, a very serious pregnancy condition.
  • Back pain: Ah, the joys of pregnancy. Fifty to 70 percent of pregnant women get back pain, as their posture and center of gravity change, and the added weight is a lot for backs to support. You might find that your back aches more when you’re stressed. Rest, physical therapy exercises and a support belt may help. Also, wear comfy shoes and sleep on your side with a pregnancy pillow. Some expectant moms say visits to a chiropractor or massage therapist helps them. If you opt for this route, find someone experienced in working with pregnant women.

Headaches During Pregnancy

Headaches are common during pregnancy—hormones, posture and vision changes, fatigue, low blood sugar, dehydration and stress can all contribute. And it can be so frustrating since safe pain-relief choices are limited. Doctors generally OK Tylenol during pregnancy (acetaminophen) for most women but ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) and aspirin are off-limits.

If you’re looking for natural relief, how to best deal depends on what’s causing your headache. For example:

  • Sinus headaches: A warm compress around the eyes and nose can help.
  • Tension headaches: Try a cold compress at the base of the neck.
  • Hunger headaches: The best medicine is prevention. Eat small, frequent meals to keep blood sugar levels consistent.
  • Stress and other headaches: Massage, rest, deep breathing and a warm shower or bath are all good bets.

Focus on preventing those headaches. Pay attention to what tends to trigger yours and try to avoid those nuisances, whenever possible. Exercise regularly, eat balanced meals, get plenty of sleep and maintain good posture and see if that helps. If they get bad, won’t go away or you have migraines, talk to your healthcare provider.

Is Pregnancy Brain Real?

Feeling forgetful? There’s no scientific evidence that being pregnant affects your memory and makes you forget where you put your keys or that you were supposed to bring a dish to that potluck. But with all the changes going on in your body, stress and extra things to remember (go to your prenatal appointments, don’t eat this or that, sleep on your left side …), it’s no wonder you feel a little flaky.

Your brain is changing, though—for the better, say researchers. Pregnancy and motherhood increase brain plasticity. They’re creating new neurological connections that will help you bond with your baby and handle your new parental responsibilities. How does it feel to be so smart?

💛 Congratulations 💛

You are 65% through your pregnancy!

Your 26 Weeks Pregnant Belly

By the 26th week of pregnancy, most women have gained about 16 to 22 pounds, depending on your starting weight. This may sound like a lot, but that’s really right on target.

You can probably feel the top of your uterus about two and a half inches above your belly button. At the next OB appointment (probably at 28 weeks), you’ll have your fundal height measured to make sure amniotic fluid levels and baby’s growth are on track.

Top Tip for 26 Weeks Pregnant

Your birth plan should be simple, so make it short (keep it to one page) and use bullet points when you can.

Baby Bumps at 26 Weeks Pregnant

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Partner Tip

Decide on any preferences that you have for the birth, like cutting the cord or announcing the baby’s sex, and add it your birth plan.

How to Write a Birth Plan

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Some doulas recommend saying “birth preferences” instead of “birth plan” because things rarely go exactly according to plan.

Whatever you call it, it’s useful to have a good idea of your preferred path to getting to the destination of healthy baby and healthy mama.

Key things to include:

  • Who is your primary support person?
  • Who else do you want in the room?
  • What do you want the room to feel like?
  • What type of pain relief do you want to be offered, if any?
  • What kind of newborn procedures or recovery room transition do you want?

That’s just a rough jumping off point. Get more details with suggestions and an example here.

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Week 26 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Declutter! Before baby arrives is a great time to Marie Kondo your stuff.
  • Write that birth plan.
  • Check your health insurance policy terms to see if it covers the costs of hospital perks like a private recovery room.
  • Have a fur baby? Figure how to prep them for your new baby. If needed, line up a dog walker or trainer for once baby comes.
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