Louise Broadbridge
Louise Broadbridge
Pregnancy Week 26

Pregnancy Week 26

Being 26 weeks pregnant marks an exciting milestone in your journey to parenthood. At this stage, you're well into your second trimester, and your baby is growing and developing at a remarkable pace. As you continue to embrace the changes and marvel at the miracle of life within you, it's essential to prioritise self-care and preparation for the arrival of your little one. In this article, we'll explore what to expect at 26 weeks pregnant and offer some tips to help you make the most of this stage in your pregnancy.

Physical Changes:

At 26 weeks pregnant, you may notice some significant physical changes as your baby continues to grow. Your uterus has expanded to about the size of a soccer ball, putting pressure on your internal organs and causing some discomfort. You may experience symptoms such as:

  1. Increased weight gain: By now, you may have gained around 16 to 22 pounds (7 to 10 kilograms) on average. Your body is working hard to support your growing baby, and weight gain is a natural and healthy part of pregnancy.
  2. Backaches and pelvic pressure: As your baby grows, the added weight can strain your back and pelvis, leading to discomfort and achiness. Practice good posture, wear supportive footwear, and consider using pillows for added lumbar support when sitting or sleeping.
  3. Braxton Hicks contractions: You may start experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions, which are irregular, painless contractions that help prepare your body for labor. If you notice these contractions becoming more frequent or intense, be sure to contact your healthcare provider.
  4. Restless legs and swollen ankles: a common ailment which can be relieved with a gentle foot and ankle massage. Treat yourself to a bottle of our Thankful Ankle massage oil and get your partner to treat to you to lovely massage. Can really make for a more comfortable nights sleep.

Baby's Development:

At 26 weeks pregnant, your baby is approximately the size of a head of lettuce, measuring about 14 inches (35.6 centimeters) long from head to heel and weighing around 1.7 pounds (770 grams). During this stage, your baby's senses are developing rapidly, and they can now:

  1. Open and close their eyes: Your baby's eyelids have fully formed, and they can now blink and open their eyes.
  2. Respond to light and sound: Your baby's brain is becoming more developed, allowing them to perceive light and sound from the outside world. You may notice them reacting to loud noises or sudden movements.
  3. Develop their sense of touch: Your baby's skin is becoming more sensitive, and they may respond to gentle touches or movements within the womb.

Tips for Wellness:

As you navigate the challenges and joys of being 26 weeks pregnant, here are some tips to help you stay healthy and comfortable:

  1. Stay active: Gentle exercise such as walking, swimming, or prenatal yoga can help relieve tension, improve circulation, and boost your mood.
  2. Eat a balanced diet: Focus on nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats to support your baby's growth and development.
  3. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and help prevent common pregnancy symptoms such as constipation and swelling.
  4. Get plenty of rest: Listen to your body and prioritize rest when you need it. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night and take short naps during the day if necessary.
  5. Attend prenatal appointments: Continue to see your healthcare provider regularly for prenatal check-ups and screenings to ensure both you and your baby are healthy.
  6. Practice relaxation techniques: Take time to unwind and de-stress with relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or prenatal massage.
  7. Stay connected: Surround yourself with supportive friends and family members who can offer encouragement, advice, and assistance as you navigate this journey.

Being 26 weeks pregnant is a remarkable time filled with anticipation, excitement, and wonder. Embrace the changes happening within your body and savor the precious moments as you prepare to welcome your little one into the world. Remember to take care of yourself, stay informed, and cherish this special time in your life.

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