From Body Carre we are going to see two pregnancies of two friends, from two different perspectives and countries, one from Latin America and the other from Spain. I hope you like it and see if you are able to find those little differences.
At 26 weeks gestation, the baby measures 36 cm and weighs approximately 790 grams. He has tremendous strength in his legs and elbows. Surely, he wants to stay close to Mommy’s ribs and make there a real festival of very painful kicks and elbows, but full of life . Now dad can already feel his movements. He can catch the string and use it as a toy, and he also spends much of his time sleeping. You can already hear the sounds outside your belly, and while it’s like being dipped into a pool, it’s another sign of your rapid fetal development.
Because the space is getting smaller every day, his movements and kicks begin to be painful for the mother. But it is so surprising to feel your baby moving and feeling that he is fine, that nothing matters. Try to lie on your belly up when the baby is moving, you will see a roller coaster inside you! With a lot of luck, you will see small feet and hands clearly through the skin of the belly. Enjoy filming and recording these movements!
His eyes are already formed and the eyelids may form a small opening, but he still cannot see anything in the belly. His skin, previously almost transparent, begins to gain another color because it begins to form its layer of fat. Day by day you will form the skin that you will have at birth.
The internal sensations of the mother in the 26th week of pregnancy
The 26 weeks of gestation can give the woman stings or even pain in the pelvic floor. If it’s your first pregnancy, don’t be alarmed. It is very normal! The muscles are adapting to the new weight and the shape of your body. They relax and leave room for belly bulge. If this is your second pregnancy, this process is usually felt more intensely due to the cesarean section, if any. However, it is perfectly normal.
If you need help, ask your gynecologist and let him check if he should medicate you. The uterus should be about an average height of 22-24 cm. If you have less, the doctor will probably order a Doppler ultrasound of the uterine arteries to check the blood flow to the placenta to the baby . But fear not, each body reacts differently during pregnancy.
With 26 weeks of pregnancy, the weight of the belly can begin to bother, especially if the woman has to stand for a long period of time, in addition to discomfort in the legs and feet, back pain can also arise. Swellings are very common, especially in hot weather. Bloating in the stomach is the result of fluid retention. Talking about it, belly weight can be a determining factor for a restless night’s sleep. You usually can’t sleep on one side. So switch when you’re lying down and rest your knee on a pillow. Lying on the left side most of the time is good, as it promotes good circulation, but the right side brings comfort, so take advantage.
The diet of the pregnant woman should be varied and nutritious, with quality meals. Do not focus on the quantity but on the quality of what you eat and the vitamins that you are providing to your body and your baby. Eating healthy in pregnancy will have healthy results!
Sensations and external factors in the 26th week of pregnancy
At this stage, anxiety begins to knock on the door again. Maybe it’s fatigue or impatience to meet your baby soon. If you can’t control it, your sleep will be affected, and this is not a good situation because you need to sleep and rest as much as possible! Try to relax, take nice walks, and don’t think about what is bothering you. Enjoy every second of pregnancy, because soon you will have your baby in your arms and you may feel homesick for your abdomen!
You haven’t met your baby yet, but he or she is taking over your whole being! The time to sleep becomes more difficult. Play with your memory, you probably even have one or more stress headaches in your 26 weeks of pregnancy. Well, he or she will do all of those things after birth too. When they say we have nine months to get ready for the baby, it doesn’t just mean growing the baby and buying a car seat. You need to mentally prepare yourself so that your little newborn becomes the center of your attention. And already, in the 26th week of pregnancy, the baby is giving you a practice in this regard.
How big is the baby at 26 weeks pregnant?
At 26 weeks pregnant, your baby is as big as a head of kale. The 26-week fetus is about 14 weeks old and weighs about 1.7 pounds. He or she is developing senses, characteristics, and even talents! Woof!
26 weeks pregnant, how many months?
When you are 26 weeks pregnant it is five months and about three weeks pregnant. You are on your way to the sixth month of pregnancy.
Symptoms of pregnancy at week 26
The 26 week pregnancy symptoms are mostly annoyances, which constantly become more uncomfortable as your baby grows and your body begins to make the necessary changes for your due date.
- Trouble sleeping As your baby’s due date approaches, it becomes difficult for you to sleep, as well as making it difficult for you to rest. Avoid unnecessary caffeine intake, stay hydrated and get some exercise (for example, take a few walks a day, this will make it easier to fall asleep at night.
- Swelling. The swelling may not be very pleasant for you, but you should know that during week 26 it is quite normal for you to be a little bloated. But if you notice that the swelling is sudden or severe, it’s worth keeping an eye on it, as this could be a sign of a dangerous condition called pre-eclampsia. Call your doctor if you are too bloated to avoid problems with pregnancy.
- Headaches. Headaches can be caused by hormonal changes or stress. But the chances of getting a headache increase when you are very dehydrated or very hungry, so you should continue to take care of yourself and your baby. Eat fewer servings of food more often and keep a glass of water close to you to constantly drink water and stay hydrated.
- The memory. Is it difficult for you to remember some things? This can be a physiological symptom caused by hormonal fluctuations. Although, it is also likely that your mind is saturated with so many doubts related to the birth of your baby.
- Contractions again. You may find that from time to time you have a feeling of pressure in your belly, or rather, your belly feels tight. This uncomfortable sensation is a contraction, it is too early for it, but it can happen (it could be more noticeable if you are a woman 26 weeks pregnant with twins). Although this is not the time for labor, your muscles do need to do push-ups to be ready at birth. As long as these contractions are sporadic without intensity, there is no need to worry. But if the contractions are frequent, it is best to call your doctor, because this is an unmistakable sign of preterm labor.
- High blood pressure A slight boost in your blood pressure is normal at 26 weeks pregnant. If you notice any change in blood pressure, you should consult your doctor to monitor your pressure strictly. If you are 26 weeks pregnant and your blood pressure is equal to or greater than 140/90, this may be a sign of pre-eclampsia or another syndrome. These uncontrols in blood pressure are potentially dangerous during your pregnancy, so they need to be treated on time and maintain strict control over fluctuations in your blood pressure.
Development of pregnancy at week 26
At 26 weeks pregnant, you have probably gained about 16 to 22 pounds or about 27 to 42 pounds, if you are 26 weeks pregnant with twins. When you touch your 26 weeks pregnant tummy, you will notice that the top of the uterus is about 2.5 inches above your belly button. Your belly will continue to grow about half an inch each week for the rest of your pregnancy.
Ultrasound at week 26 of pregnancy
You probably have a couple of weeks until the next prenatal appointment, and there are usually no ultrasounds in 26 weeks of pregnancy, so you should try to calm your anxiety about what is going on inside your 26 weeks pregnant belly. Here’s what happens more or less this week: Your baby is taking breaths of amniotic fluid, not air. You are doing good practice, for the first moments after birth.
The baby is preparing its immune system for life on the outside and is absorbing its antibodies. Your baby’s eyes are already forming, in less time than you think, they will be opening their eyes. Can you believe that your 26 week old fetus has already grown eyelashes? Soon, he or she will start to move them. It is really wonderful!
You can’t stop reading this special selection just for you:
Considerations regarding pregnancy at week 26
- Clarify your doubts regarding the maternity ward.
- Make the pre-registration in the maternity.
- Now your baby can hear your voice, it is time to communicate with your baby.
- Share special moments with your partner.
Kathie Sand always saw the world of beauty as the terrain on which to build her professional career, a goal that was clear to her when she was only 15 years old. Her great concern to expand knowledge led her to settle in Paris where she studied hand in hand with the best beauty professionals and with the most advanced techniques for skin care.