26 weeks pregnant

26 weeks pregnant-

Your Developing Baby-
• When you’re 26 weeks pregnant, your baby’s about two pounds now (average is 1.7 pounds, 760gm) and is 14 inches (35.6cm) in length.
• To support the fetus’s growing body, the spine is getting stronger, vertebras and ligaments taking shape.
• Developments inside the lungs are going faster, Air sacs in the lungs are forming. The Lungs begin to secrete a greasy substance called surfactant. Without surfactant, the fetal lungs would stick together and couldn’t expand after the baby is born.
• Now, your baby’s can open and blink eyes, when you’re 26 weeks pregnant. Depending on ethnicity, some babies will be born with blue or gray-blue eyes and some will be born with brown or dark eyes.
• Retinas begin to form.
• Now, your baby also has eyelashes at 26 weeks.
• Brain wave activity for hearing and sight begins to be detectable at week 26 of your pregnancy.
• He may be able to hear you and your partner chatting. Your baby also continues to take small breaths.

Your Changing body-
Since your baby is now growing so fast, and brain development is so intense at this stage, your nutrition is very important. Continue to eat a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of grains and vegetables. Fibre-rich foods, including whole grain’s bread and cereals, lentils, and brown rice are high in vitamin B and help to prevent constipation.

26 Weeks pregnant- Sign and Symptoms
• Trouble sleeping. The closer you get to your due date, the tougher it might be to get some rest.
• Swelling of hands and legs.
• Headaches or stress is common these days.
• You may feel puzzled, remembering simple things are getting tough for some more days.
• Braxton Hicks contractions. These are different from labor contractions because they’re irregular and milder.
• Slightly higher blood pressure. That’s normal at this phase of pregnancy.

It’s normal to be experiencing some mild swelling, but around week 26, it’s important to watch out for swelling, severe or sudden—it could be the sign of a dangerous condition called preeclampsia.

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