26th week of pregnancy means you’re entering your sixth month of pregnancy and getting closer to the end of the second trimester. Congratulations!🎉 You’re a few days away from your third trimester!
What to expect at 26 weeks pregnant? What’s happening inside your body?
During each step of your miraculous journey you’ll experience memorable feelings and notice new symptoms adding to your list, for this week here are the most common symptoms:
Braxton Hicks contractions
Most pregnant women have more of the Braxton Hicks contractions by the 26th week of their pregnancy. You’ll notice that your uterus has become tighter as these contractions harden it. You’re totally safe unless they became more painful than before or having lower back pain as well.
If you find yourself getting unusually thirsty all day long, or frequently going to the bathroom, you may be experiencing signs of Gestational Diabetes. Inform your doctor or health provider to advise you in this situation.
Most pregnant women experience the pregnancy brain symptom; it’s a temporary decrease in memory. During their 26th week of pregnancy you’ll find yourself forgetting some information even crucial ones, so try to write down important things.
Higher Blood Pressure
Your blood volume will increase by 25% higher than the start of your pregnancy. All of the extra circulation blood means noticeable swelling in your fingers and ankles.
Bloating and Gas
I think you became more familiar with this symptom now! Your expanding uterus is pressuring on your stomach causing some overload on your digestive system.
Sadly, if you have a history of migraines you’ll probably have more of them during the 26th week. Try to practice some yoga, consider herbal therapies and meditation to relieve the stress.
If you find your eyes have become irritated or dry, don’t worry! It’s because of the pregnancy hormones that decrease your tear production. Consult your doctor and use recommended eye drops and you’ll be perfectly fine!
Round Ligament Pain
Your expanding uterus causing you some growing pains and those become achier at your 26 weeks pregnant. Thus, remember to change your positions into comfortable ones.
How big is your baby at 26 weeks pregnant?
During the 26th week of pregnancy, your baby will be as big as the head of a kale; weighing around 1.7 pounds and measuring about 14 inches long!
What’s happening with your baby? (Your Baby’s Development)
As your bond with your baby grows stronger each and every day, start talking to your little one because at this point they can hear you!
26 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
By 26 weeks, your little one will start opening his or her eyes for the first time as their eyelids become separate. You’ll notice lots of fetal movements during this week as your baby became bigger and more active!
When to call the doctor?
You should call your doctor the minute you feel one of the following symptoms:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Facial swelling
- Severe Abdominal pain
The Checklist of the 26th week of pregnancy:
- Eat well
- Move more
- Take fresh air breaks