At 26 weeks pregnant, you are now coming to your sixth calendar month of pregnancy. Around that time, it is quite possible to experience the phenomenon, namely “pregnancy brain.” What does it mean? You can find yourself being especially forgetful. You walk into a room, for instance, without remembering why you came. Of course, there is no need to worry! This phenomenon is totally normal, although doctors are not certain about why that happens. It can go away after giving birth. Make sure to have a good sleep as lack of sleep seems to be a big contributor.
Moreover, moms-to-be are also likely to have trouble sleeping and can have headaches more frequently than usual. Because such problems do contribute to your forgetfulness, remember to get some rest and relax if you feel tired. Taking exercise during the day can help you sleep better at night. What else? Try to stop drinking liquids a few hours before going bed so that nighttime trips to the toilet may be limited.
26 Weeks Pregnant – Changes in your body
This week, it is quite normal to notice some swelling that can come and go until your baby is born. According to many expectant mothers, swelling tends to appear in their ankles and lower legs. Therefore, it’s better to prop them up if you can. But, please watch out for swelling which is very severe or suddenly comes. In that case, it may be a sign of pre-eclampsia.
So, what is pre-eclampsia? It is known as a pregnancy condition in which a woman has an abnormal rise in blood pressure and protein in the urine. Without a doubt, it is a very dangerous condition since it may lead to complications for both of you and baby, and even death. How about the treatment of preeclampsia? At that time, the use of a diabetes drug can help.
When you’re at 26 weeks pregnant development, it isn’t unusual to start experiencing clumsiness, too. The reason for this symptom is that your centre of gravity has shifted, you have gained weight, and your joints have loosened. To be sure, it is likely to get worse before it gets better. As a result, don’t forget to stick to wearing low heeled shoes as well as slippery surfaces.
Once taking a peek down to your belly, you will recognize that such ever-growing belly button is now getting bigger and bigger. That’s because your uterus swells and then pushes your abdomen forward. Don’t feel anxious! Your belly button will certainly go back as normal after your delivery.
26 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms of pregnancy
As you have just ended the second trimester, other previous symptoms during past weeks can still continue, like frequent urination. Furthermore, you also experience new signs of pregnancy at 26 weeks pregnant. These include:
- Sleepless nights
- Painful baby movements
26 Weeks Pregnant – Your baby development
My baby at 26 weeks is about is about 34-38centimeters in length, weighs about between 600 grams and 1.2 kilograms, and equal to around the size of a cabbage. There are many major changes developments with your cute angel this week. First of all, his/her ears become better developed and more sensitive than usual. That means he/she is able to hear the voice of you and your spouse once two of you speak to each other.
Second, he/she is also slowly able to open his/her her eyes. Interestingly, such tiny peepers have been closed so far in order to allow the retina to develop. However, they start opening and seeing what’s going on inside your uterus. Simply try lighting a candle in front of your belly and then see whether your little one kicks or wriggles in response to the stimulus or not. For sure, it is too early to know the color of his/her eye because the iris and the colored part of the eye just fill in over the next month or two.
Around that time, your baby’s heart rate will considerably have slowed down too, from 180 beats to 140-150 beats per minute. During your antenatal appointments, this may be quite monitored on a cardiotocography (CTG) machine and it is also a useful way to check his/her well-being. If you are carrying a boy, then his testicles will begin soon to descend into his scrotum – an important that can take up to 3 months.
Finally, your angel is now practicing breathing through inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid. Plus, his/her immune system is developing, too. At present, this development mainly consists of absorbing your antibodies so as to be ready for the outside world.
What should you do?
Plan to borrow baby furniture and clothes? Then, start doing that from this week. In general, preparing and repainting used equipment may take longer than what you imagine. Never do these jobs until your last weeks since these times are when your energy can flag down and what you need is to rest.
Talk with your doctor about have your Hemoglobin level checked at the next ante-natal checkup. To be sure, iron deficiency anemia is very common during pregnancy when the demand for a good and healthy red blood cell count is at its peak. As a result, make sure that you eat a lot of iron-rich foods, like red meat, good-quality cereals, eggs, and green leafy vegetables. In case your iron count is too low, it is better to consider taking iron tablets.
At 26 weeks pregnant, it is excellent to follow the rule “Eat well, move more!” If you have not started implementing healthy foods yet, it’s never too late to begin. There are a few benefits to preventing too much weight gain during pregnancy. Besides, keeping your weight in check also reduces the high risk for complications, like gestational diabetes and hypertension. There is nothing greater than having a balanced diet and keeping up a safe exercise routine. Unsure what is safe for you? Then, check in with your healthcare provider now!