At 26 weeks, you’re approaching the third trimester of your pregnancy. Your baby is getting bigger and your body is undergoing more changes. Read on for what to expect at 26 weeks.
Your Baby at 26 Weeks
At this stage, your baby is continually putting on fat and weighs nearly two pounds. Your baby’s nerves in their ears are more developed, so they can probably hear your voice. Your baby now measures about 14 inches in length, comparable to the length of a scallion (Baby Center). Your baby’s eyes will also open around this time.
It’s about this time when stretch marks begin to appear. This is a natural part of pregnancy and sometimes not really avoidable since they’re genetic. However, there are lots of popular creams on the market to help prevent and lessen the effects.
There’s no need to be alarmed if your belly button has suddenly turned into an “outie.” Your enlarging uterus pushes your navel forward during pregnancy, but your belly button should go back to its previous form a few months post birth.
Every pregnant woman experiences different symptoms at different times. Here are some common ones that occur at 26 weeks.
This is a perfectly natural symptom during pregnancy and there’s no need to be ashamed. Pressure on your stomach is what leads to gas.
Some women are more prone to headaches than others. Try natural remedies for relieving headaches or stronger migraines. Have your spouse give you a massage or do a few yoga poses.
Don’t worry, you’re not losing your mind! Forgetfulness and short term memory loss are expected symptoms during your second trimester. It’s only temporary. Utilize a notebook to write things down.
Naturally, you can expect your stomach to ache as it grows. More noticeable aches and cramps usually happen around the 26-week mark.
Blurry vision during pregnancy comes from dry eyes, as hormones decrease tear production. Eye drops are an easy fix for this symptom. (What to Expect)
This is by no means a complete list. If you’re unsure whether or not one of your symptoms is expected, always consult your physician. More than likely, what you’re experiencing is completely natural. Avoid the stress of trying to diagnose yourself on WebMD and just ask a professional.
Planning for Birth
Since birth will be here before you know it, you might consider taking a few classes. Most hospitals offer classes for new parents that are taught by a labor-and-delivery nurse. You can also opt for private classes, which will be a little pricier. Classes cover everything from pain management and troubleshooting to hospital visiting hours and procedures. It’s best to bring your spouse along so that you both have more confidence when the baby comes.
You can also take prenatal workout classes. These may help alleviate any aches and pains that you’re feeling.
If you haven’t already, now is a great time to start thinking about baby names. This should be a fun and stress-free activity for you and your spouse.
Get Your Home Ready
You still have plenty of time, but it’s a good idea to start shopping for baby essentials such as a crib. Refer to our guide on Preparing Your Home for the Baby.