You're 26 weeks pregnant! By now, you may be experiencing the phenomenon known as “pregnancy brain”. You may find yourself being especially forgetful, even walking into a room and not remembering why you came. It’s completely normal, though doctors aren’t really sure what causes it. It may go away after pregnancy, or you may just begin calling it “mummy brain!” Lack of sleep is likely a big contributor.
You are also likely having trouble sleeping and may have headaches more frequently than usual. Both of these problems are contributing to your forgetfulness, so if you’re feeling tired, try to get some rest. Remember to get exercise during the day to help you sleep better at night. In addition try to stop drinking liquids a few hours before bed to limit nighttime trips to the toilet.
26 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body
At 26 weeks pregnant, it’s normal to experience some swelling, which may come and go until baby comes. Most women report swelling in their ankles and lower legs, so remember to prop them up when you can. Just watch out for swelling that comes on suddenly or is very severe, as it can be a sign of preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy condition marked by an abnormal rise in blood pressure and protein in the urine. It’s a very dangerous condition that can lead to complications for you and baby, and even death. Treatment of preeclampsia is being researched with a recent study looking at the successful use of a diabetes drug.
When you're 26 weeks pregnant, it’s not unusual to begin to experience clumsiness, too. It’s related to the fact that your centre of gravity has shifted, your joints have loosened and you’ve gained weight. It’s likely to get worse before it gets better so stick to wearing low heeled shoes and slippery surfaces.
26 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby
Baby’s eyes have been closed for the last few months but are beginning to open now. Shine a torch at your belly and your baby might kick or wriggle in response to the light.
Your baby is practicing breathing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid. Baby’s immune system is developing, too. Right now this development consists primarily of absorbing your antibodies to be ready for the outside world.
This week, your baby probably weighs between 600 grams and 1.2 kg, is about 34-38 cm long, and around the size of a large swede.