What to Expect when You’re 26 Weeks Pregnant
At 26 weeks pregnant your baby weighs approximately two pounds and measures more than 14 inches long (think of a large chuck roast!). His or her eyes will begin to open this week. And, if you shine a flashlight on your belly, he or she may kick or roll in response. Brain activity is accelerating, too. Your baby will already be making lots and lots of brainwave connections, so make sure you spend plenty of time talking and singing to them. If you have an ultrasound at around this time, the doctor may adjust your pregnancy due dates again based on your baby’s growth and development.
Symptoms at 26 Weeks Pregnant
One of the most uncomfortable symptoms when your pregnant are hemorrhoids. Unfortunately, more than half of pregnant women develop them at some stage. If they are painful, have a confidential word to your pharmacist about hemorrhoid creams. Make sure you’re getting plenty of fluids and fiber so that constipation doesn’t worsen the situation.
Another symptom of pregnancy that you may have is that your “inny” might become an “outty” – your naval is likely to pop out to make room for your expanding uterus. But, don’t worry, it should snap back into place within a few weeks after baby’s birth.
Remember when you were experiencing those earliest pregnancy symptoms and fatigue kicked in? Unfortunately, it’s likely to return now that you’re nearing the end of your second trimester (and it may even bring its friend insomnia with it!). Fresh air, meditation, moderate exercise and limiting sugar are all things that can help to minimize fatigue and insomnia.
Pregnancy To-Do List
Relax! It’s easy to get so caught up in worrying about watching out for the early warning signs of pregnancy problems and learning all the pregnancy facts that you can. Sometimes you forget to enjoy the process. While you should remain aware of any unusual changes in your body, it’s also important not to allow yourself to get stressed – this in itself can have negative effects. Research suggests that women who are relaxed and calm during pregnancy are more likely to carry full term and less likely to suffer postnatal depression.
If your future Olympian is already doing big visible somersaults in your belly, get your partner to try and take a pregnancy video of the movements. It’ll be a cool thing to show your son or daughter when they’re older and is also neat for grandparents and other relatives that live far away.
If you’re working on decorating Baby’s nursery, make sure you’re mindful of health and safety. At this stage in your pregnancy calendar, you may be a little unbalanced or unsteady on your feet and the last thing you need is a fall from a stepladder or chair! If in doubt, get hubby to do it while you direct! If you’re painting, be sure to use a product without toxic fumes and take regular breaks to avoid headaches.
Links to Pregnancy Advice, Maternity Style, and More:
At this stage, you’re probably pretty preoccupied with your body’s changes and trying to prepare to be a parent at the same time. But, it’s also important to remember to take some time to care for you! We have ten great tips on how to pamper yourself while pregnant!
If most of your pregnancy falls in the hotter months, click here to see our summer style guide. We have gorgeous maternity summer dresses on sale, this season’s hottest maternity swimsuits, and much more!
If you’re going to need to wrap up warm during your pregnancy, check out our guide to the most stylish maternity clothes for winter. We’ve got cozy maternity coats, comfortable maternity leggings, and much more!