Congratulations on week 26 of your pregnancy journey! Embarking on the exciting journey of parenthood, you are almost in the third trimester, with just one week to go! The 26th week of pregnancy is packed with important milestones and changes for both mum and baby.
At 26 weeks, your little one is growing steadily. Measuring about 35.6cm from head to heel and weighing roughly two pounds.
This week, your baby’s eyes will start to open, and they’ll be practising blinking. Your baby may start responding to light and sound from outside your womb. Your little one’s brain continues to mature, paving the way for enhanced senses and cognitive functions.
Now that you’re 26 weeks pregnant, your bump is more visible than ever! You might notice stretch marks as your belly expands to accommodate your growing baby. Additionally, as your baby is growing, so is your uterus, which might lead to an occasional sensation known as ‘Braxton Hicks contractions.’ These are mild, irregular contractions and are perfectly normal. They are simply your body’s way of ‘rehearsing’ for the real thing.
Routine appointments with your midwife or obstetrician are crucial to monitor your and your baby’s health. These visits often include various tests such as urine tests, blood pressure checks, and sometimes ultrasound scans to ensure everything is going smoothly.
A common question many pregnant women will ask is, can they continue to exercise at 26 weeks pregnant? The answer is yes, as long as your healthcare provider approves and you feel comfortable, exercise can be a fantastic way to manage your well-being during pregnancy. It’s beneficial to modify workouts to suit your changing body. Regular physical activity is a fantastic way to manage weight gain and improve overall health during pregnancy. Safe exercises include walking, swimming, and pregnancy yoga.
If you’re the partner, your support is invaluable. Helping with chores, preparing nutritious meals, or just lending a listening ear can make a huge difference. Keep attending prenatal appointments if you can as understanding what’s happening week by week can help you provide the best support possible.
Embarking on the 26th week of pregnancy is an exciting time filled with significant changes. As the baby continues to develop, mums-to-be are advised to focus on healthy lifestyles, regular check-ups, and rest. Keep the lines of communication open with your healthcare provider and remember, every pregnancy is unique, so embrace your individual journey with all its joy and challenges.