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26 Weeks Pregnant - Pregnancy Calendar
Now you’re 26 weeks pregnant, you're just a few weeks away from entering your third and final trimester. By this stage you’ll be well acquainted with the highs and lows of pregnancy and may well be starting to plan for your babies’ eventual arrival.
With only 12 weeks left remaining, you will be surprised at how fast the time will fly. When you think about about how quickly the last 26 weeks have sped by, you'll know exactly what I mean! Still, you have around 14 weeks left to plan ahead, so no need for panic.
You're still on the right side on having a few months left to go, as you're now a little over 6 months pregnant. Enjoy your pregnancy, take it easy, most moms-to-be will be approaching the time when they take a maternity break from work ... think about pampering yourself!
26 Weeks Pregnant
At 26 weeks pregnant, your womb is slowly but surely creeping higher and higher and should now be 2 to 3 inches above your belly button. This in turn increases the size of your pregnant belly but all being well, you've indulged in a little clothes shopping and now have an adequate maternity wardrobe. And – what woman needs an excuse to go shopping?!
The downsides to the extra weight are things such as:
- Joint aches
- Sleep discomfort
You could be experiencing all, some or none of the above. Equally, you may be suffering considerable discomfort or at least have the odd day where you just feel a little out of sorts in general. As has been mentioned before, pregnancy is not an exact science and if you feel that you just need to take a nap, then do so.
If you have any concerns – talk to someone. You’ll probably find that whatever’s on your mind is a perfectly acceptable thing to worry about – and you’ll be surprised at how common your thoughts and anxieties really are.
Also, at 26 weeks pregnant, you may well have experienced Braxton Hicks – harmless, painless contractions that occur intermittently from the second trimester onwards. They’re not something that every woman will feel and of those that do, most only feel them now and again or towards the end of their pregnancy.
That said, some women find them uncomfortable – if not a little painful on occasion. I had Braxton Hicks with all of my pregnancies, though each time they were different. I had that many with one of my sons that when I actually went into labor, I was unsure whether my body was practicing or going for the home run. Luckily (or not!) the pain that started soon after was a good indicator that I was in labor.
The easiest way of dealing with Braxton Hicks is to simply relax. They tend to over very quickly and most only involve a painless tightening around the mid-section. Otherwise, you should be attending regular antenatal appointments – at 26 weeks pregnant you and your baby need your progress charting - and they’re also a great way for you to stay abreast of what’s happening, what to expect and so on.
26 Weeks Gestation
At 26 weeks pregnant, you’ll be aware of your growing baby more and more. He will be upwards of one and a half to two pounds in weight. His eyelids can now open and close (and will be doing so) plus his heart will now be developed enough to pump blood around his circulatory system.
He will be continuing to exercise his lungs, as well as use his muscles more and more - though as the next few weeks pass, space will start to become a premium – which means you’ll be aware of every little twitch and foot flex. Due to the nerves in his ears being fully developed by this stage of his development, he can react to external sound and hear far clearer than in previous weeks.
I'm 26 Weeks Pregnant - Things To Do
The 26 weeks pregnant stage is much the same as any other - but in some ways, completely different. You may feel fitter than you have for a long while, or you may be starting to full a little ‘dragged down’ by the highs and lows. However, as long as you’re physically ticking all the right boxes (when you attend appointments etc) then the best thing for you to do is to continue trying to relax and take things easy.
And if you've got some energy to spare – what about planning your babies’ nursery? An exciting time for parents-to-be and sure to take your mind off the little niggles and discomfort.
© Andria Thompson - Social Care Professional