Pregnancy week 26
(Sparx Media)

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.

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