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An expectant mother is 2/3rds of the way through the pregnancy journey. The growing uterus is about 2 and a half inches above the navel. In line with this, the uterus swells up and pushes the abdominal cavity forward.
The mother in week 26
At week 26, a healthy soon – to – be mom likely scales around 16 – 22 pounds by now. Despite of the healthy weight, her body is having trouble calming down and drifting off. Also by this week, she is now sporting a protruding navel due to her ripening belly.
Week 26 symptoms
Pregnancy insomnia stems from a combination of causes at night, this includes:
- Pregnancy hormonal fluxes
- Frequent trips to the bathroom during night time which interrupts sleep
- Acid refluxes
- Leg spasms
Burping, bloating, fartingPregnancy week by week
Burping, bloating, and farting – this embarrassing trio is triggered by the progesterone hormone alone. Progesterone relaxes the muscle tissues including the gastrointestinal tract. This then slows down the digestive process and causes the said symptom.
On the brighter side, a sluggish digestion gives the nutrients more time to enter the bloodstream and reach the growing baby.
Pregnancy migraine is a worst case scenario of occasional headaches. This type of migraine affects both sides of the head and can last for hours and even days. Sometimes, this symptom is accompanied by auras or neurological features such as:
- Blurry vision
- Flashes of light
- Numbness or tingling arms or legs
Occasional headaches that is felt during pregnancy stems from a variety of causes such as:
- Surging pregnancy hormones
- Increased blood supply and flow
- Lack of sleep
- Sudden caffeine withdrawal
This symptom subsides as the 2nd trimester approaches, since the body gradually adjusts to the new hormone levels.
If severe headaches occur, seek for medical attention as this may be a sign of pre – eclampsia.
Braxton – Hicks contractions
Braxton – Hicks contractions are irregular and milder labor contractions.
Clumsiness is also a part of the pregnancy journey. Here are the different causes of being clumsy:
- Baby bump has shifted its center of gravity
- Pregnancy hormones loosens up the joints and ligaments to retain extra fluids
- Over – fatigue
A blurred vision during pregnancy happens because of the hormones which decreases the tear production. This then leads to eye dryness and irritation.
By the same token, hormones also cause fluid build – up that change the eyes’ curvature which blurs up the vision.
Leukorrhea (commonly called as vaginal discharge) occurs due to the increased levels of estrogen. This hormone increases blood flow to the pelvic area and stimulates the mucous membranes.
Pregnancy – induced brain fog
Pregnancy – induced brain fog (simply known as forgetfulness) happens because the mother’s brain cells decreases to contribute to the baby’s brain development.
Round ligament pain
Round ligament pain occurs when the supporting ligaments around the uterus stretches and thins out to accommodate the growing baby.
The baby in week 26
The soon – to – be baby has now reached the 2 pound mark. The fetus is feeling cramped inside the womb. But there is no need to worry as the baby still got enough room to move. Aside from that, here are the following fetal developments this week:
- The baby – in – waiting stretches for about 13.6 – 14.8 inches from crown – to – foot measurement and with a scale of 1.5 – 2.5 pounds. His senses continue to develop, facial features, and even his talents.
- His eyes are almost in full development and anytime soon this week, his eyelids will separate and the eyelids are beginning to open. This then allows the retina (part of the eye that focuses certain images) to develop. Similarly, his iris still does not have much pigmentation, and even the eye color the baby – in – waiting is born with might not be his permanent hue. The permanent color fills in the eyes for the next month or two after birth. Plus, his eyelashes have grown as well and soon, he will be getting an amp up on batting his beautiful lashes soon.
- His immune system is preparing for its lifetime function by soaking up the in – utero anti – bodies.
- The baby’s brain – wave activity begins to kick in as his networks of nerves are being completed. This means that he is already capable of responding to the noises and voices he hear in – utero and outside. In line with this, his pulse rate and activity has increased.
- The growing baby continues to practice his breathing exercises even though there is no air available in – utero, he is breathing the amniotic in and out of his developing lungs. This activity is instrumental to a healthy lung development. By the same token, his lungs are beginning to produce a surfactant,
- Tiny fingernails have finally take form on his fingers and toe nail beds.
- During this week, pigmentation is beginning to generate and add color to his skin. As of now, the hair on his scalp has no pigment just yet (just plain white locks). Moreover, not all babies have hair on their scalp at the time of birth. However, there is no need to worry for that case since his hair will sprout soon. For babies who have hair during the time of birth are likely to lose some of it. Not only does the unborn baby have hair on his scalp, he has soft and fuzzy hair called Lanugo all over his body as well. Lanugo (hair that grows on a fetus’ entire body during gestation) aids in the development and thickening of the skin. This fuzzy protection insulates his body keeping him nice and warm inside the womb. This type of hair sheds after birth. For premature babies, they might still have lanugo covering their bodies at the time of delivery.
- At this week, the growing baby is constantly practicing all kinds of movements that he will be using later on outside the womb. Such fetal movements include pedaling against the placenta, a sort of primary walking skill. Furthermore, as his nervous system becomes more developed, his movements will become much more coordinated. Then as his bones and muscles mature, his movements become stronger and occasionally more painful to the mother.
Pregnancy tips for week 26
Overcoming 6 months of pregnancy, 3 more months to go and the unborn baby finally in her hands. To maintain a healthy journey, she must consider doing the following:
Things to do during the 26th week of pregnancy
Find the perfect pediatrician
Finding the perfect pediatrician is not based from the prestigious university he graduated from. A pediatrician’s performance is based on his patients’ reports and the powerful word of mouth.
Brainstorm for the baby’s name
Few weeks to go and the baby’s due date finally arrive. This is the best time for the parents to brainstorm for their baby – to – be’s name. To come up with perfect name that both parties could agree on, consider browsing name from the following sources:
- Fictional characters from the movies
- Use a family name that is also suitable for a first name (such as Jackson, Harrison, Parker, Mackenzie, Ryan, and Hayden)
- Pick a name from a nickname (such as Ally from Allyson)
- Compromise and convert names. For instance, if the husband hates the name Delilah, make it Lilah
- Match the names from his other siblings
- Parents must keep track and list down the names they like
Start on the baby registry
Start working on the baby registry, consider interviewing some seasoned mothers to have a clear list of what to buy and steer clear the unnecessary items.
Eat a well – balanced diet
Since the baby’s brain – wave activity is so intense at week 26, nutritional intake is very much necessary. Eat a well – balanced diet which includes the following:
- Wholegrain options
- Foods that are rich in protein such as lean meat, chicken and eggs
- Aim for at least 2 portions of fish per week
- Pulses such as beans and lentils
- Dairy foods such as milk, cheese, and yoghurt
- Foods that are rich in iodine
- Aim for at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables per day (either canned, fresh, tinned, dried, concentrated, or juiced)
- Starchy foods such as bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes
Vitamin – B rich foods
Foods that are rich in vitamin – b help fend off colon congestion. Here are some foods which are high in vitamin – b:
- Brown rice
Attend antenatal classes
It is necessary for first time mothers to attend antenatal classes since it provides detailed information about childbirth and the early days of parenthood. Here are the benefits of attending antenatal classes:
- Preparation for child labor
- Information for childbirth
- Knowledge for early parenthood
Along with antenatal classes, an expectant mother should also consider attending in breastfeeding workshops as well. A Breastfeeding workshop is also necessary because:
- Supports mother – to – be’s to have better birth experience
- Prepare her for coping in the early weeks of parenthood
- Teaches first time mothers how to latch a baby properly
- Elaborates the importance of breastfeeding
Use lubricating drops (simply eye drops) to lessen theye discomfort and clear up her vision.
What to avoid in week 26
A pregnant woman is strictly prohibited from engaging in vices since it is very dangerous on both parties. Here are the following vices she must consider avoiding:
- Sleep aids
- Taking recreational drugs
- Smoking cigarettes
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
Substances with caffeine are not safe to take while pregnant since it is a diuretic. Caffeine can disrupt the sleeping cycle of both parties (yes even the unborn baby). Here are the following food and drinks with caffeine content:
- Soft drinks
- Caffeinated energy drinks
Now – discontinued drop – side crib
When putting the nursery together, do not purchase a now – discontinued drop – side crib as it imposes harm to a newborn baby.
Cut back on the gas – triggered foods
To avoid farting, she must consider cutting back on the gas – triggered foods. Here are some foods which triggers gassiness:
- Fried foods
- Sweet foods
- Rich and buttery sauces
Gingko biloba may be a herbal supplement however, this memory booster has not been proven safe to take during pregnancy.