This is the last week of the second trimester. Time may seem to drag, but just remember that the completion of another week gets you one week closer to meeting your new baby.
Pregnancy Week 26: What changes are occurring with your body?
The top of your uterus can now be felt about 2 ½ inches (6.3 cm) above your belly button. During the remainder of your pregnancy you will grow about a ½ inch (1.25 cm) per week. If you have been watching your weight throughout your pregnancy and have been sticking to a balanced diet, your weight gain should be between 16 and 22 pounds (7.25 to 10 kg). *
Pregnancy Week 26: How big is your baby?
Your baby is approximately 13.38 inches (34 cm) long and weighs 2 pounds (0.9 kg).*
Pregnancy Week 26: What is happening with your baby?
The development that is occurring at this stage may seem small and insignificant, but it is very important as your baby begins to prepare for his/her entry into the world. The nerves in the ears are developing and allowing your baby to respond more consistently to the sounds that he/she hears. Your baby is also continuing to swallow amniotic fluid which is causing his/her lungs to develop. If you are having a little boy, his testicles have begun their descent into his scrotum.
Pregnancy Week 26: What should you plan for this week?
During your next prenatal appointment you should be prepared for the following tests and discussions:
- Various blood screenings
- Antibody screen for RH negative (RH Factor)
- Glucose tolerance test for diagnosing gestational diabetes
- Postpartum diet and recovery
- Cord blood banking
- Braxton-Hicks contractions
Pregnancy Week 26: Tips for making your pregnancy better
Despite the previous concern regarding mercury levels in fish, the FDA now recommends that women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan on becoming pregnant consume more fish. The FDA recommends eating 8 to 12 ounces of fish low in mercury per week, which amounts to about 2 to 3 servings of fish per week. Aim to eat a variety of fish lower in mercury including salmon, tilapia, shrimp, tuna (canned light), cod, and catfish. Consumption of white (albacore) tuna should not exceed 6 ounces per week.
There are four types of fish that should not be eaten while pregnant or breastfeeding as they are high in mercury. These include tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico, swordfish, shark, and king mackerel.
Pregnancy Week 26: Tips for mom’s partner:
As your partner reaches the end of the second trimester, she may begin to feel less attractive. It is important for you to communicate how beautiful she truly is. Make a special attempt this week to make her feel special by taking her on a date or planning a special outing. In Week 25 instructions for pedicures/manicures.