26 Weeks Pregnant: The 26th Week Of Pregnancy
The 26th week of pregnancy is the last week of the second trimester. Time may seem to drag, but just remember that you are one week closer to meeting your new baby. Get the Fetal Life App for Apple and Android endorsed by the American Pregnancy Association.
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).
How big is your baby?
Your baby is approximately 13.38 inches (34 cm) long and weighs 2 pounds (0.9 kg).
What is happening with your baby during pregnancy week 26?
The development that is occurring at this stage may seem small and insignificant, but it is very important as your baby prepares for delivery. The nerves in the ears are developing and allowing your baby to respond more consistently to sounds. Your baby is also continuing to swallow amniotic fluid which is fostering lung development. If you are having a little boy, his testicles have begun their descent into his scrotum.
What should you plan for during the 26th week of pregnancy?
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
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, shark, king mackerel, and swordfish.
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. Be intentional this week to make her feel special by taking her on a date or planning a special outing.