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26 Weeks Pregnant

The last week of the second trimester has begun. The third trimester starts from the 27th week. This is the finish line for childbirth. The baby will be developed and viable enough to exist outside the mother’s body. Now everything goes on as usual: the fetus grows, gains weight, and completes the stages of formation of all systems.

The 26th week is not much different from the previous one. The appearance of a woman is changing at a moderate pace. The belly grows almost every week as the fetus grows. There is a shift in the internal organs, which provokes the appearance of many symptoms.

Just another 10 weeks and the baby will officially be considered full-term. Everything will be ready for the child to go outside from this time.

26 Weeks Baby Development

The appearance of the fetus changes slightly at the 26th week. It ceases to be so wrinkled due to the growth of subcutaneous fat. All parts of the body are rounded and there is a set of mass. The muscular frame is getting stronger and the skeleton is growing. All parameters of the fetus increase at the usual pace without strong growth spurts.

The baby is active and has less and less room to maneuver. The uterus is not unlimited in size, so the former mobility is not observed.

It's The Size of Pomegranate

The baby at the 26th week is commensurate with the pomegranate in terms of overall dimensions.

It is already quite voluminous and requires appropriate space. The uterus expands even more and pushes all adjacent organs.

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How Heavy is it? 1.75 Lb or 800 gr

The weight of the fetus at this time is 800 grams or 1.75 Lb. This is 14% more than previous indicators. Such rates of weight gain will be observed in the following weeks.

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Your Baby is 14 inch or 35 cm

The baby has grown by 5 % in length from the crown of the head to the heels. Now, this parameter is 35 cm or 14 inches.

The growth rate remains stable. The baby every week adds about the same number of centimeters in length.

Lenght week 26

The fetal is noticeably rounded and looks taller and more developed. Now all parts of the body are well-formed. The tone is not as high, so the appearance is more relaxed. The baby no longer compresses his arms tightly to his chest and his limbs can move freely.

Muscle mass is growing, which is largely due to the constant training of the child. It flexes and unbends the limbs, repels from the walls of the uterus, and turns over. He lies head down but can change his position. Increases his sensitivity to touch. He will change position if you put your hand on his head.

The organs are all in place and performing their functions. Digestive, excretory, and respiratory systems work in preparatory mode. The main stages of preparation for life outside the womb are coming to an end.

Fetal development at the 26th week:

SkinThe skin layers are smoothed out. There are no longer a large number of folds and transparency disappears. The subcutaneous fat layer grows. Fine hairline almost disappears at 26 weeks. It becomes less noticeable.

BrainThe volume of the brain increases. A connection is established with the adrenal cortex. They are an important part of the endocrine system. The pituitary gland matures and self-production of growth hormone begins. All major parts of the brain are well developed.

HeartThe four-chambered heartbeats 140 times per minute. Sometimes there may be a slight arrhythmia. It will go away after the baby is born.

EyesGradually develops a vision that will be improved after birth. The baby begins to blink reflexively and sometimes opens his eyelids for a short period. The eyelids are framed by eyelashes and the brow ridges by the eyebrows.

LungsThe formation of pulmonary alveoli is completed. The lungs take their usual position and make training contractions. Formed bronchial tree.

Teeth and bonesNow the rudiments of milk and molars are fully formed. They gradually become ossified and will wait to be released after birth. The skeleton is getting stronger. The baby at this stage needs a lot of calcium and vitamin D.

26 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

The last week of the second trimester is relatively calm. There are no serious symptoms that can significantly reduce the standard of living of a pregnant woman. Most of the possible manifestations are already familiar to a woman and she treats them calmly. It is necessary to discuss all the existing manifestations of pregnancy at a doctor’s appointment.

Symptoms may or may not be present at all. It all depends on the general health of the mother and genetics. Sometimes women complain of general malaise. It is expressed in fatigue and fatigue.

High blood pressure If a pregnant woman was not previously characterized by high blood pressure, now this will not be considered the norm. High blood pressure is dangerous for bearing.

This leads to severe vasoconstriction and disruption of the blood supply to all organs. High blood pressure can lead to delayed fetal development and maturation of the placenta.

Pregnancy brain This is a very specific effect that appears during pregnancy. It is expressed in forgetfulness, poor concentration, and absent-mindedness. A woman begins to remember information poorly and does not keep it in her head for long.

Perseverance decreases and general fatigue increases. It is extremely difficult to study and perform other mental work during the gestation period. Experts attribute this to hormonal changes and a decrease in the level of gray matter in the brain.

Dizziness Sometimes there is dizziness. The symptom is infrequent at this time but manifests itself in some women. Dizziness can occur if a woman is in a static position for a long time and then gets up abruptly.

Darkening in the eyes and faintness can cause a long stay in a stuffy room. Long walks in sunny weather with an open head can also provoke dizziness and even fainting.

Headaches Pain in the head can have a different natural origin. This is a violation of blood circulation, high blood pressure, or problems with the cervical spine.

The pains are of different nature manifestations: sharp, pulsating, pressing. It all depends on the causes of their occurrence. It is difficult to deal with headaches during pregnancy. Few drugs are allowed in this position. You can try to take a shower, take a walk in the fresh air, or sleep.

Lower back pain The stomach at the 26th week has already grown enough. The volumes of the uterus grow and expand, shifting nearby organs. This requires changes in the skeleton. There is a strong bending in the lumbar region, which provokes pain.

Lower back pain can also be due to strong tension in the ligaments that support the uterus. This is often observed with a sharp jump in the growth of the baby.

Nausea Nausea is not a very common but likely symptom. It will be a sign of late toxicosis. The cause of nausea can also be banal pressure on the stomach after eating.

A compressed stomach during overeating may simply not withstand such a load. It is better to consult a doctor if nausea is persistent. Late toxicosis can have hidden and dangerous causes.

All Pregnancy Symptoms     

Now the activity of the pregnant woman will decrease. Less mobility and more likely symptoms. Try to keep your muscles and body toned until the very end. Take regular walks, visit the pool, and do light exercises. Do not leave a passive lifestyle as a priority.

Movement improves blood circulation, strengthens the back, and gives energy. Static is bad for the development of the fetus. It causes stagnation of blood, squeezing of blood vessels, and tension of some muscles.

“Changes in your body will soon lead to a strong reduction in activity. Choose a set of exercises that are acceptable for this period to maintain muscle tone.”

26 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

Ultrasound at week 26 may be ordered for medical reasons or if a mandatory second screening is missed. If there are any reasons to conduct ultrasound control at this time, then the doctor will pay special attention to the current moment. Any ultrasound results can be challenged.

Sizes of long bones

Femur 45–53 mm,

Humerus 41–49 mm,

Forearm bones 35–43 mm,

The lower leg bones 41–49 mm.

Assessment of brain development

The ventricles of the brain are monitored to exclude possible hydrocephalus. The doctor examines the cerebellum. Possible violations of its formation are revealed. The results of an ultrasound examination should be supported by tests, other methods, and the overall clinical picture.

ULTRASOUND

Every woman can have negative forecasts during the gestation period, but they will not necessarily be realized.

Many pre-set diagnoses are removed at subsequent dates.

26 week pregnancy ultrasound

Ultrasound can assess the condition of the placenta, its maturity, and structural parameters. It will be seen whether there is cord entanglement and whether it requires immediate action. Ultrasound examination is safe for the fetus and mother. It is irrational to appoint and carry it out without a good reason. All methods of physical examination must be justified by the doctor’s testimony.

Your Body

Carrying and giving birth to a child is an extremely complex process. There is a high load on all organs and systems. The body undergoes significant deformation.

The abdomen is noticeably rounded at the 26th week. The spine bends and changes the woman’s posture. The gait noticeably slows down, acquiring a waddling image. It becomes more difficult for a woman to walk quickly, sit down, and maneuver in space. The skin changes most often for the worse. Stretch marks may appear on the abdomen and chest. Gaps also occur on the hips if the weight has increased significantly.

Bodyweight is growing more and more. Pregnant women from the moment of conception can gain at least 7-8 kg. Often these figures exceed 10 kg. Venous patterns and nodes may appear on the legs. This symptom is especially pronounced in women prone to varicose veins. Hair and nails grow intensively. Sometimes swell limbs.

Belly size & Health Conditions

The circumference of the abdomen of a pregnant woman with an initial standard physique can reach 70–80 cm. These indicators are relative. A woman may initially have a denser physique, so she will have her belly growth dynamics.

The shape of the pregnant belly can be different. It all depends on the constitution and body structure of a woman. Many believe that the shape of the abdomen determines the sex of the baby. This has no scientific basis.

Sometimes the abdomen is strongly lowered and more round. It happens that the stomach is high and props up under the ribs and stomach. The growth of the belly can extend around the waist without rising much.

The state of health at the end of the second trimester should be good. The likely symptoms of this period do not greatly change the lifestyle of a pregnant woman. They do not carry a pronounced negative character.

26 Weeks is How Many Months?

26 weeks have now passed since the alleged conception. This is 6 months and 2 weeks pregnant. 28 weeks have passed since the date of the last menstruation according to obstetric terms. It’s already 7 months pregnant.

Your doctor will keep a record of obstetric due dates. The estimated due date may vary slightly. More accurate dates and dates of birth are set according to the results of the ultrasound.

Future Mom Tips and Highlights

The longer the gestation period, the wider the range of advice for a pregnant woman. It becomes more diverse due to recommendations for preparing for childbirth. It is better to concentrate on your general condition and needs while the birth is far away.

Consider these tips for the expectant mother:

Sleep with a special pillowUse the pregnancy pillow for sleeping and relaxing. It helps to take the correct position, and relax the back and legs, reducing the load on blood vessels and organs. This simple remedy will help you and your child feel safe.

Don’t lift heavy thingsThis important recommendation should always be observed from the very moment of conception. Lifting weights is strictly prohibited at any gestation period. This can even threaten miscarriage in early pregnancy. Now lifting weights can provoke a discharge of water.

Control your weightTry not to gain a lot of extra weight. Follow the rules and adjust the diet if necessary. Do not use a strict or mono diet. This is very bad for the development of the child.

Stay mobileStay mobile until the belly is not too big. All suitable and permissible exercises can be performed at a moderate pace. Avoid extreme fatigue and pain. All activities should be enjoyable.

Watch for symptomsThe end of the second and beginning of the third trimester should not be accompanied by severe symptoms. The presence of long training bouts is unacceptable. There should be no spotting or bleeding. Any warning signs warrant seeking help.

Prepare for childbirth and feedingLearn the specifics of breathing techniques during childbirth. Start attending childbirth preparation classes. Read information about the specifics of breastfeeding and possible problems with it.

 

More than halfway is now covered. Soon the baby will become fully viable and possible full-term births. It is worth being prepared for any scenario. Set yourself up for the positive. This will positively affect the delivery and the condition of the child.

Everything that you feel is completely felt by the child. You will remain one with him even after birth. Always try to control your emotions and avoid stressful situations.

Important Checklist

  • Sleep with a pregnancy pillow
  • Give a light load to the muscles of the body
  • Take care of your skin
  • Control weight gain but not diets
  • Drink enough water
  • Do not carry heavy loads or make sudden movements
  • Start preparing for childbirth and feeding

Now you have a unique opportunity to feel a living organism inside you. These are just cosmic feelings that are not available to men and millions of women. Appreciate every moment, every kick, every movement, every symptom. You will meet your baby soon.

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