26 weeks pregnant – what to expect. This week, your baby’s hearing improves, your blood pressure may increase, and you might start meeting other mums to be. Find out what else is happening to your baby and your body at week 26.
How big is my baby at 26 weeks?
Your baby just keeps growing and growing. This week she weighs two pounds, and measures over 14 inches long, about the size of a scallion from top to toe. You could make a delicious salad with all the ingredients your baby has resembled over the past few months!
What’s my baby doing at 26 weeks?
There are many developments with your baby this week. Firstly, her ears will be better developed and more sensitive than ever before: she’ll be able to hear your voice and your partner’s voice as you speak to each other.
She’ll also slowly be opening her eyes. Those pretty peepers have been closed so far, to allow her retina to develop, but they’re now beginning to open and see what’s going on inside your uterus. Try shining a torch at your stomach and see if your baby kicks in response to the stimulus. It’s too early to know your baby’s eye colour, though: the coloured part of the eye, the iris, will only fill in over the next month or two.
There are other senses at work, too: your baby can now not only hear noises, but respond to them too, not by talking, of course, but by moving or with an increase in the pulse rate.
Your baby’s heart rate will have slowed down considerably by this week too, from 180 beats per minute to 140 to 150 beats per minute. This can be monitored on a cardiotocography (CTG) machine during your antenatal appointments and is a useful way of checking your baby’s wellbeing.
If you’re having a boy, his testicles will soon begin to descend, a process that can take up to three months.
What is my body doing at 26 weeks pregnant?
Take a peek down to that ever-growing belly and you’ll notice that your belly button is now very firmly an outie. This is due to your uterus swelling and pushing your abdomen forward. Don’t worry, though, your belly button will go back into place in the months after your baby is born.
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