26th Week of Pregnancy
Relief Tips for Trimester Two
Baby's Growth and Development at 26 Weeks Pregnant
At 26 weeks pregnant, it’s exciting to think about what your baby looks like as their appearance becomes more refined:
- By the 26th week of pregnancy, your baby weighs 680 g to 900 g, and is about the length of a small pineapple.
- Your baby’s eyebrows and eyelashes are well formed.
- Your baby’s eyes are fully developed — they will start to open and close them at around 28 weeks.
- The hair on your baby’s head grows and thickens.
- Little footprints and fingerprints form.
- Your baby starts using their lungs to mimic breathing.
- Essential fats accumulate under their skin.
Your Changing Body at 26 Weeks Pregnant
During the 26th week of pregnancy and in the weeks that follow, you might face some side effects as a result of your changing body. These include heartburn, constipation, and haemorrhoids. Learn how pregnant women manage:
Heartburn or constipation may occur during your 26th week of pregnancy as a result of your expanding uterus and the impact of hormones on your digestive system. Try these tips for managing heartburn:
- Watch what you eat, but don't give up the balanced nutrition your body needs.
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals.
- Eat slowly.
- Avoid eating late at night and don't lie down for several hours after eating.
- Ask your Healthcare Professional about antacids that are OK to take during pregnancy.
Try these techniques for relieving constipation:
- Eat fibre-rich foods
- Drink plenty of fluids — at least eight glasses a day.
- Don’t forget the old favourites: Fruits and juices, especially prunes, continue to be an effective remedy.
- Try smaller, more frequent meals.
- Add a little more activity to your exercise routine during your 26th week of pregnancy. Just an extra 10 minutes may offer the boost your system needs.
- Iron supplements can sometimes cause constipation. Try taking them with prune juice.
Pregnant women may get haemorrhoids
Haemorrhoids are essentially varicose veins in the rectal area. They occur when the uterus puts pressure on the veins in the pelvic area.
Haemorrhoids can worsen with constipation. They often can be relieved by diet, exercise, and other comfort measures, such as:
- Eating a diet high in fibre
- Drinking lots of liquids
- Keeping weight gain in check
- Taking baths (that aren’t too hot or too long)
- Using ice packs to reduce swelling
- Moving around to relieve the weight of your uterus
- Talking with your doctor about a topical cream
Wellness and Nutrition at 26 Weeks Pregnant
At 26 weeks pregnant, you are well into your second trimester. At your next Healthcare Professional’s visit, he or she will conduct routine tests. Plus, your Healthcare Professional might examine your readiness for labour and delivery. During your 26th week of pregnancy, you also might want to talk to your Healthcare Professional about travelling.
- At the Healthcare Professional’s office. Your Healthcare Professional will check your vitals as in previous visits. He or she also might do the following:
- Check the baby’s position in utero, which is likely to change throughout the rest of your pregnancy
- Prescribe a glucose test for gestational diabetes, a temporary form of diabetes that can occur during pregnancy
- Test for Rh antibodies, which can be treated during pregnancy
- Test for anaemia caused by a lack of iron, which is treatable during pregnancy
- Consider taking a trip. With early pregnancy symptoms behind you and energy in your favour, travelling during your second trimester might be just the ticket. Check with your Healthcare Professional to make sure it’s OK and consider these travel tips when you go!
- Plan a trip that will be comfortable and restful for you.
- Know the location of the closest healthcare facility, just in case.
- You may be feeling great, but take it slow.
Exercise Tip: Watch for Warning Signs
It's important to keep moving throughout your pregnancy. But, if you experience any of these symptoms, stop what you are doing. Speak with your Healthcare Professional if symptoms are intense or do not subside.
- Chest pain
- Decreased foetal movements
- Difficulty walking