Second Trimester

Pregnancy Calendar: Week 26

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Your baby continues to put on baby fat now weighs about 1 2/3 pounds and measures 14 inches, about the length of a scallion.

The network of nerves in your baby’s ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. It may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner’s as you chat with each other. Your baby is inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of its lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when your baby is born and takes that first gulp of air.

In this week, her eyes which were fused together until now begin to open. She is now able to spot bright lights, hear loud noises near your belly and you might just about notice an increase in fetal activity as the brain continues to get more developed and sophisticated. Expect some kicking in the belly this week.

Common Symptoms

  • Bloating
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Occasional headaches
  • Forgetfulness
  • Clumsiness
  • Lower abdominal achiness
  • Vision changes
  • Slight increase in blood pressure
  • Pregnancy insomia

To-Do List

  • Eat well and get plenty of rest. You may experience a lack of sleep which is normal for some women during this time.
  • Light exercise and plenty of fresh air may help.
  • Limit the intake of fluids before bed time as you do not want to disrupt whatever sleep you can get.

Makchic Fun Tip!

Get your pet ready for your new addition by playing baby noises around the house.

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