So my belly has officially “popped” and I am finally over that awkward stage of pregnancy. You know what I’m talking about, right? When you have a belly that could either contain a baby or too much Easter candy! Where you aren’t quite big enough for people to be 100% sure that you are pregnant and you do all you can to position yourself so it doesn’t appear that you just have a gut. Oh the woes of pregnancy haha! Anyways, I am still feeling great and pregnancy hasn’t caused me too much discomfort… yet. I did suffer from horrible leg pains for a few weeks, it made standing up and walking very painful and I was convinced I would spend the rest of my pregnancy in agony. However, the pain has vanished recently and I am back to being able to walk without shouting obscenities. I have a routine appointment on Wednesday, as well as another ultrasound. Baby girl was being a tad difficult last time and they were unable to get a good look at her face, so they want to try again. I am anxious to see how much she has grown and if everything is still looking good.
So let’s take a look and see where baby girl is at this week in her growth and development!
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Your Baby in Week 26 of Pregnancy
What’s up with your baby? She now weighs a full two pounds and measures nine-plus inches. And this week, her eyes, which until now were developing under fused eyelids, start to open. Of course, there’s not much to see in there, but if your baby spots a bright light (or hears a loud noise) near your belly, you may notice an increase in fetal activity. (“Hey, I’m in here, Mommy! Where’s the party!”) What accounts for that response? Her brain is more developed and sophisticated.
Your Body in Week 26 of Pregnancy
If a full night’s rest has become elusive, welcome to the (sleepless) world of pregnancy insomnia. Between heartburn and leg cramps, bathroom runs and that big beach ball (with its protruding navel!) beneath your nightie, it’s no wonder your body’s having trouble calming down and drifting off. But there are lots of tactics to try that should help keep you in bed (and asleep!) instead of pacing the floor; these include daytime exercise, a daily dose of fresh air, and limiting fluids before you hit the hay.
Week 26 Pregnancy Tip: Baby’s Movements in the Womb
Feel like you’re carrying the Karate Kid with all the kicking going on? Your baby is actually practicing all kinds of movements that will eventually be used in life on the outside — including pedaling against your belly, a sort of prewalking skill. As your baby’s nervous system becomes more developed, the movements will become much more coordinated. And as the baby gets bigger and stronger, the movements will become much more powerful…and occasionally, even painful to you. If your baby lands a good one, that tiny left hook might hurt — a lot. Another trick she may try — stretching that leg out so far that the foot becomes lodged between your ribs (ouch). Next time you come under attack, try changing positions or doing some stretches of your own. You can also gently push your baby back with your hand when your knee-jerker jerks a little too hard. You just might be able to send your slugger back into the corner of the ring!