Pregnancy Encyclopedia – Week 26
As you enter your 26th week of pregnancy and draw closer to the end of the second trimester. You will feel great one day and terrible the next. The feeling is quite normal and due to the various changes happening within your body and the baby. This is the time when you have scheduled screening tests for gestational diabetes, anemia, and rhogam injection.
Now your baby is the size of a lettuce head! It measures 13.6- to 14.8-inch and 1.5- to 2.5-pounds. The senses are also developing. Your baby also develops its features and talents this time around. The eyes will soon start to open. The eyelashes are now grown, too! Yes!!! The baby is getting her immune system ready for life outside.
The upper portion of your uterus is now 6 cm long. You can feel it above your navel during this week. The doctor will check your blood pressure to detect Hypertension during pregnancy.
Pregnancy Symptoms Week 26
The pregnancy symptoms will continue to disturb you. The closer you get to your due date, the tougher things might get. Swelling, headaches due to hormone fluctuations or stress, Braxton Hicks contractions, and higher blood pressure may trouble you.
Have a balanced nutrition your body requires to stay healthy and keep the baby healthy. You must eating calcium and vitamin D rich foods. Have smaller, more frequent meals. It is important to eat slowly and chew your food properly. Strictly avoid eating late at night. Do not lie down for several hours after eating.
It is not recommended to traveling by air as it may increase the risk of labor. You may decide on various ceremonies you wish to organize after the birth of baby. Take folic acid, iron and calcium supplements should be taken during the twenty sixth week of pregnancy. Some women complain of excessive thick and white vaginal discharge that becomes itchy and sores the skin. This is a kind of vaginal infection commonly referred to thrush. This is quite normal during pregnancy. If it itches a lot, then it is Candida infection. You need to check this with the doctor. You need to restrict caffeinated beverages to prevent conditions such as restless and jittery legs (restless leg syndrome) through the second half of the pregnancy. Try indulging in muscle massages or stretching of the calf muscles to get relief.