Pregnancy week 26
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How's the foetus during week 26?

  • Jumpy baby
  • Your baby weighs about 760g and is about 35.6m long from crown to heel- as long as an English cucumber.
  • Air sacs in the lungs begin to develop and the lungs start to secrete surfactant which covers the inner lining of the air sacs.
  • Surfactant allows the lungs to expand normally during breathing.
  • Your baby may jump in response to loud sounds.
  • She may react to bright light aimed at the uterus.
  • Brain wave activity begins and the baby is showing signs of sensitivity. awareness and intelligence.

What's with my body: Dental problems and farting

You and your dentist might grow quite close...because of increased levels of oestrogen and progesterone that soften your gums, dental problems are more likely.

Farting more than usual? The hormones relaxing and progesterone are at work, relaxing the muscles in your body and in your gastrointestinal tract.
If you feel or see your tummy go tight you may be experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions. Don't panic - this is your body's way of preparing you for labour and the contractions tone up your uterus. They are irregular, not very painful and perfectly normal.

Go back to the complete list of Pregnancy week-by-week updates.

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.

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