The 2nd trimester: Week 26
Week 26 of pregnancy
This is the last week of your second trimester. Your little one is growing and making her presence felt - pushing against your ribcage and causing some discomfort and even heartburn. Start the bonding process with her now already through movement, touch and sound.
How your baby's growing:
Your baby has undergone quite a growth spurt and by week 28 will have doubled in height since week 20. Your baby's hearing is now fully formed and he is beginning to open his eyes this month. His skin has lost its former translucent quality and now looks more opaque and reddish. Your little one's brainwave patterns resemble those of a newborn child and he's now developed patterns of sleeping and waking.
How you may be feeling:
Sleeping will be somewhat uncomfortable from around now. Make sure you sleep on your left side and not on your back as this will cut off blood flow to your baby.
In the next few weeks you'll be tested for gestational diabetes, should your gynae think it's necessary, with a glucose tolerance test. If you're found to have gestational diabetes you'll need to go on a low-carbohydrate diet for the duration of your pregnancy.
Tip of the week
If this is your second baby, you may be wondering how your toddler will take to your new arrival, the rival for mommy's attention perhaps, but certainly not her love. Just know that providing a brother or sister for your child, is a gift that they will ultimately treasure.