What happens when you’re 26 weeks pregnant

After 25 weeks pregnant, you are now entering the third and final trimester of pregnancy. As you embark on this final hurdle, be sure you are fully prepared at home. Have you sorted out a place for baby to sleep? Experts recommend keeping your little one by your side at all times for the first six months. Many parents choose for baby to sleep in the same room or even the same bed.

Your pregnancy symptoms have a habit of changing very quickly. During the 2nd trimester you probably felt amazing and looked fabulous! You may still feel this way for a few weeks yet but be prepared for pregnancy symptoms like tiredness, edema and aches and pains to start creeping in as early as 26 weeks pregnant.

How your foetus is developing when you’re 26 weeks pregnant

You may have found that baby bump has just popped out of nowhere in the last couple of weeks. That’s down to your little miracle weighing in at between 600 and 800g and well on the way to breaking that 1 kg milestone.

Baby’s eyes are properly forming and soon they will be able to open and shut regularly, although not quite blinking. Even better, baby may be able to hear you and your partner chatting and will start to connect with your voices. He is also starting to practice breathing, taking in amniotic fluid and exhaling it out again. This is good practice for the first test of his lungs when he makes an appearance in the delivery room.

Your little one’s immune system is strengthening too – it is slowly absorbing antibodies in preparation for entering the real world. If you’re expecting a boy, his testicles will soon begin descending into his scrotum, a process that will take up to three days.

What you can do now that you’re 26 weeks pregnant

At 26 weeks pregnant, you may experience swelling and you can expect it if you haven’t. It affects the ankles and lower legs, but this can be relieved by propping your legs up regularly. Keep them above your hips and rest your feet on a cushion for comfort and support.

If you’re concerned about whether the swelling you’re experiencing is normal, talk to your gynae to rule out conditions like preeclampsia, which some expectant mums get due to high blood pressure and fluid retention. Or, deep vain thrombosis (DVT), which is very rare but is caused by a blood clot in a deep vein in the leg. Swelling would be excessive and very painful so do get any abnormal swelling checked out as soon as possible.

It is also very important to be careful about your pregnancy weight gain as you enter the third trimester. Be sure to stay active and eat healthy.

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