At week 26 week pregnancy the size of the baby is about 14 inches and weighs about one to two pounds. The baby’s nervous system is maturing in this pregnancy week 26. The baby’s brain is also increasing in size, and the nerve circuits are linked up with the brain cells. The baby’s brain becomes more responsive as the visual and auditory senses continue to develop. The smooth surface of the brain develops the ridges and valleys that vastly increase its surface area. This week, the baby will partly open its eyes and the eyelids are separated, which are almost fully formed. The baby’s skin is not as red as it was in earlier weeks. A thin layer of fat starts to accumulate under the baby’s skin, which makes her look paler and less wrinkled. This layer of fat is continued as the pregnancy grows week by week. The baby’s lungs continue to develop. Mother’s become more aware of the baby’s movements.
The uterus is roughly 2.5 inches above the navel. A sudden tightening and relaxing of the uterus might be experienced. Many women gain weight about 15- 25 pounds by now which fluctuates. As there is a progress week by week some common symptoms are experienced. They are pain in the back or pressure and leg cramps. These symptoms could be alleviated by stretching and by eating a nutritious diet to help keep the body charged with the vitamins and minerals that is needed by the body. Headaches are also commonly experienced by most women during pregnancy week 26. Some may experience pain in the rib especially when the baby moves about. This discomfort could be alleviated by simply changing the position. Blood pressure might also rise up for most women and it’s not rare. The doctor will surely monitor and make sure that the blood pressure does not rise up suddenly. During pregnancy week 26 most women might also experience Braxton Hicks, which are contractions of the muscles of the uterus. These contractions are painless and occur at regular intervals. There could an increased discharge from the vagina which is watery and pinkish or brownish in colour should be immediately reported to the doctor.
Most women have cravings for food during pregnancy week 26 which is quite normal. Women should stick to a healthy intake of food and not eat something that is not suitable. Women should decide and choose breast feeding for the baby. Breast feeding is the best option to feed the baby as it contains everything that is required by the new born baby. It helps to boost the immunities of the baby and is easy to digest.
The mother’s diet should be rich in fiber and intake of fruits and vegetables and wholegrain should be increased. Small and frequent meals with less fat content should be consumed. Fresh fruits are rich in fiber and help in getting rid of constipation during pregnancy. Protein is needed during pregnancy for the growth of the fetus and the uterus and breasts. 6 to 7 ounces of protein a day is ideally recommended during pregnancy week 26. Poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, nuts and seeds are good sources of protein.