As you begin your journey with being 26 weeks pregnant, you become closer to the last days of your second trimester. During this stage, you may feel comfortable one day and then horrible the next day. This happens normally especially that your body is going through various changes from time to time. In addition, this week is a great time for screening tests for gestational diabetes, anemia, and a RhoGAM injection.
Changes in Your Body While You are 26 Weeks Pregnant
At this stage, you shall expect a more often Braxton Hicks or contractions. These contractions are similar to the pain you feel when you are having menstrual cramps. Due to these Braxton Hicks, you might need to go to the restroom and want to lie down more frequently. Aside from these contractions, you may also feel sharp pains under your ribs caused by your baby’s stretches and kicks inside your uterus. Back pains are also common at this phase because of the additional weight. By now, you have most likely obtained an extra twenty to twenty-three pounds. More of these pregnancy symptoms are discussed below:
1. Feeling of Being Bloated
Bloating is a result of the pressure your expanding uterus puts on your stomach, as well as intestines. You can reduce this symptom by eating frequent yet small meals throughout the day, rather than having three heavy ones. In this way, you do not overwhelm your digestive system and prevents yourself from feeling bloated.
2. Headaches or Migraines
If you have a history of migraine, you are at a bigger risk of having more of them while you are pregnant. Unfortunately, migraine medications which can be high-dosed and strong, you can try therapies such as yoga, meditation, biofeedback, acupuncture, or a simple massage. These therapies can alleviate stress which can provoke headaches or migraines.
3. Increased Vaginal Discharge
Hormonal changes during pregnancy causes your reproductive system to produce more discharge than you do during normal days. This is a part of pregnancy so do not mind using feminine washes or even wipes because they can induce irritation and unnecessary change in your vaginal pH level. What you can do is take frequent baths and use panty liners to keep yourself feeling dry, odor-free, and clean.
4. Round Ligament Pain
Round Ligament Pain is the kind of pain felt in the lower abdominal area. Again, it is brought about by your growing uterus. Some forms of exercises will help ease this ache. In addition, when you need to change positions, do it slowly so that you do not exacerbate the condition.
5. Dry Eyes
At this point, you might experience eye irritation because of dry eyes. Pregnancy hormones cause the production of tears to decrease. A solution to this pregnancy symptom is utilizing eye drops. Observe your eyes for a couple of days. If you see that the condition is getting worse as days go by, seek medical help. Remember that problems with your vision is a sign that you have a high blood pressure or gestational diabetes.
Although the abovementioned symptoms are normal, try to observe if they aggravate over time as they can be signs of pregnancy complications. For instance, if you are suffering from severe pains, seek medical help and stay well-rested. Moreover, to prevent these symptoms from getting worse, have daily physical routine that will give you a boost in energy and don’t forget drink a lot of fluids. These will make you less vulnerable to dehydration, stress, swelling, dizziness, and the like.
Growth of Your Baby Inside Your Uterus at 26 Weeks
Your baby is growing at a steady pace during this this time of pregnancy. See the changes happening with your little one in terms of weight and height, sense of sight, circulatory system, umbilical cord, genital, nervous system, and movements.
1. Weight and Height
When you are 26 weeks pregnant, you shall expect your baby to weigh around 1 kilo. His length ranges from 9 to 14 inches. He continues to increase in size.
2. Sense of Sight
In the previous weeks, your baby’s eyelids were still sealed. But during this week, they will start to open, as well as blink on their own. At this point, the eyes of your baby are blue-colored. In most cases, this changes during the last months. In addition, your baby’s eyes are functioning minimally. You will notice that your baby becomes more active when there is a bright light near your abdomen.
3. Circulatory System
The heart of your baby is able to pump blood. Also, your baby’s lungs start to build blood vessels. Therefore, the circulatory system becomes completely functional.
4. Umbilical Cord
As you know, it is through the umbilical cord that your baby is able to get nutrients from the food you consume. Because your baby has a higher demand for essential nutrients at this stage, his or her umbilical cord becomes thicker and stronger.
If you are carrying a male fetus, you shall expect his testicles to move into the scrotum this twenty-sixth week.
6. Nervous System and Fetal Movements
Your baby’s brain has progressed and has started to become more complex. The other parts of the nervous system are also more developed by now. Because of this, your baby’s movements become more coordinated. His or her movements might also be stronger and more powerful, enough to cause you pain.
If your baby’s hooks, kicks, and stretches become painful to you, you may try to change your position. You can also do some stretching yourself. Or, to make a more direct contact with your little Karate master, use your hands to gently push him or her back, as if telling that those powerful kicks are enough at this moment.
Some moms-to-be purchase a fetal doppler or fetoscope. These devices enable them to hear their babies’ heartbeats and movements. If you would like to bond with your baby more while he or she inside your womb, you can get these devices from local drugstores and baby stores.