You’re in the TWENTY-SIXTH week of your pregnancy! Although the baby is growing peacefully in your belly, it’s taking over your life physically as well as mentally. Unfortunately, the blissful babymoon phase, where you had a break from your uncomfortable symptoms, is over. As your body continues to work overtime to make sure the little guest has a comfortable stay, you continue to experience the symptoms of these changes. Curious to know in week 26? Let’s take a look.
By this point, your uterus is up to 2.5 inches above your belly button. You’ll also see that your navel or belly button has popped out – a natural result of your expanding uterus pushing against your abdomen.
A lot of pregnant women experience pregnancy insomnia during this time – wherein you can’t sleep for a long stretch in the night. The nearer your due date approaches, the more sleep troubles you’re likely to experience.
You’ll notice mild swelling, particularly in your hands and feet. This is because of the excess fluid in your body which has subsided after delivery. However, if you notice any sudden and excessive swelling, accompanied by pain, you should visit your gynaecologist immediately.
Increase in blood production and supply may also lead to a slight spike in your blood pressure, which is normal and nothing to worry about. Your doctor will be monitoring your vital stats closely to ensure that there isn’t a dramatic spike in your blood pressure, which may result in complications in your pregnancy.
Hormonal fluctuations along with the pregnancy stress and dehydration is likely to give you frequent headaches, leaving you feeling weak and irritable. Grabbing a healthy snack every few hours, drinking water regularly and getting enough rest are crucial to ease away this discomfort. If your headaches get too intense, causing blurry vision, vomiting, photosensitivity, and making it impossible for you to function, consult with your doctor immediately.
Are you suddenly starting to forget details and things that you otherwise knew at the back of your hand? Are you struggling to even remember what day it is? Don’t panic, it’s the pregnancy brain! All those raging hormones, along with the stress and excitement for the baby’s arrival are making your brain feel fuzzy. Relax, your sharp brain will be back in business once the baby is born!
The weight gain and growing uterus continue to put a strain on your ankles and your back. Make sure you get plenty of rest and avoid lifting heavy objects. Sleep on your side, to avoid putting extra pressure on your spinal cord or blocking major arteries.
You’ll continue to experience bloating, gas and acidity. If you’ve been feeling extra-clumsy lately, take it easy. It’s because of the shift in your centre of gravity (due to your enlarged belly) and loosened joints.
You’re still a couple of weeks away from your next prenatal ultrasound, so you’re dying to find out what’s going on with your baby! Here’s a little glimpse.
At week 26, your baby has grown up to 14 inches in length and weighs about 900 grams, approximately.
Your baby’s immune system is kicking into full gear as it absorbs the antibodies from your system.
The baby is now breathing gulps of amniotic fluid, as practice for those first few minutes after birth.
Your baby’s eyes are almost fully developed – pupils and all. Very soon now, it’ll be able to open them! As the network of nerves in your baby’s ears continue to develop, its hearing becomes sharper and more sensitive. It can now hear pretty much everything going on around it – even regular conversations!
Its movements become more and more coordinated and well-defined, and as the baby grows the movements will grow stronger too. This means that you’ll experience some pretty sharp and intense kicks.
Get as much rest as you can. Undertake regular exercise, yoga or even walks to help yourself rest better. You can even try meditation to ease your sleep problems and manage stress.
Drink a lot of water, for relief from headaches and to flush out bloating and swelling caused by accumulation of fluids. Eat small meals in regular intervals instead of large, heavy meals three times a day to ease acidity. Make sure your snacks are healthy and wholesome – eat a lot of fresh and light food instead of packaged foods that’ll only worsen your gas and acidity. Consult your doctor on the best foods to consume during this time.
Use hot compress and warm baths to relieve backaches and soreness in the joints and muscles.
Try to stretch or move your position if you experience some sharp kicks from the baby.
You should start looking for paediatricians for your baby already, so that you’re not running around in a state of confusion when the baby is born.
Make sure that your house has a healthy environment for the mom as well as the baby.
Keep checking on the mom to ensure she’s eating well and getting plenty of rest.
It’s natural for you as well as her to feel anxious and stressed. The best way to get through it is to talk it out with each other!
If both the parents are healthy, the baby will be healthy If you’re healthy. So, get all the rest and nourishment you can. If you have any more questions, ask us in the comments!