Your baby in this week 26 is getting more and more interfering with your sleep, messing with your memory and even giving you a stress headache.
Even though it is obvious that, when we have only 9 months to get ready to deliver baby, that does not just mean growing the baby and buying a car seat and bouncer.
However, pregnant women need to be prepared mentally as a motherhood for a newborn to become the center of our focus, thus your baby now is giving you the practice to aware about surroundings during pregnancy.
How Big Is My Baby at 26 Weeks Pregnant?
In this week 26, your baby is now as big as a head of kale, and measures at about 14 inches (35cm) and weighing at about 1.7 pounds (0.8kg).
26 Weeks Pregnant Is How Many Months?
If you're currently in 26 weeks of pregnancy, then you are in the month 6 of your pregnancy and there only 3 months left to go. Nevertheless, your doctor is checking you up based on weeks instead of how many months.
The steadily discomfort symptoms getting more when baby grows and changes happened to your body to prepare for childbirth.
1. Sleeping Difficulty.
As you are getting closer to delivery date, it is much difficult to have comfortable rest. So ensure to take note to reduce your caffeine intake (DO NOT over consume caffeine intake) and drink more water to stay hydrated as well pair with some light exercise in the day time to help your body settle down at night.
- Mild Swelling.
You may experience some mild swelling in this week 26 of pregnancy.
But most crucial part to aware is the swelling that are severe or sudden, can be sign of a dangerous condition called preeclampsia, so tell your doctor if your swelling feels worrying.
- Occasional Headaches.
Pregnancy headache is frequently caused from hormone fluctuations or stress, but take note when you are hungry or dehydrated headache also happens, make sure to supply yourself and baby by eating at least every few hours of healthy snacks and drink glass of water by your side for frequent sipping.
- Pregnancy Forgetfulness.
You may also find out getting much difficult to remember stuffs that are caused by symptom of hormone fluctuations mostly during pregnancy, so it is normal just don’t stress out and write down in note book or check list to avoid yourself from forgetting.
- Braxton Hicks contractions.
If you are noticing your belly occasionally feeling really tight, then that is a training contraction, or Braxton Hicks might which are more noticeable for women at 26 weeks pregnant with twins.
So don’t freak out because that is just our muscles that are flexing to practice for labor. But if the contractions are severely occurring, then must inform your doctor that the contractions are painful or don’t goes away are signs of preterm labor.
- Blood pressure is getting higher.
Experiencing slight high in blood pressure is normal, but if your doctor monitored your blood pressure level spike, then they will look closely with you.
With hypertension, known as a systolic reading that are more than 140 mm Hg, or diastolic reading more than 90 mm Hg, could be a sign of preeclampsia or HELLP syndrome which are considered as potentially dangerous pregnancy complications that would need to be treated immediately.
In this week 26, you probably had gained about 16 to 22 pounds (7 to 10kg) or about 27 to 42 pounds (12 to 19 kg) if you’re 26 weeks pregnant with twins.
This week pregnant belly will feels like the top of your uterus is about 2.5 inches (6 cm) above your belly button and belly will keep growing about a half inch (1cm) each week for the rest of your pregnancy.
You’ve probably still have a couple weeks until your next prenatal appointment and normally there is no 26 weeks of pregnant ultrasound, so you’re probably feels very desperate to find out what is happening inside your 26 weeks pregnant belly.
Here we can help to answer for you here generally what your baby is doing.
You baby is now practicing by taking breaths of amniotic fluid, not air. It is very normal and good to practice for those first moments after birth. This is the time where baby is getting his or her immune system ready for life on the outside by soaking up your antibodies currently.
Nevertheless, baby's eyes are forming, and his or her eyes will soon starts to open and to see what is happening out there.
Do you believe that your 26-week baby has now already grown eyelashes? Soon, he or she will start winking them. See, how cute your little baby is!
What Is The Healthy Tip In 26 Week of Pregnancy?
Now you know that your baby can listen to your voice, so take your talking time, don’t worry any reading or talking will do because your baby will preferred their mother’s voices, your partner can also schedule time to do that. Reading to your baby in the womb can also benefits their intelligence after they’re born. But, as long as they are under relaxation and lower stress that mothers experience from sitting down and reading to their belly helps too.
You can also maintaining a mostly healthy diet by eating balanced diet and start a light and safe exercise routine, this is to help you keep your weight in check to reduce your risk for complications such as hypertension and gestational diabetes.
When To Call The Doctor In Week 26?
You should also call your doctor if you experience:
- Abdominal pain that are severe or don’t go away,
- Vaginal bleeding or fluid leakage,
- Fever or vision blurred,
- Excessive swelling leg or facial.