26 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
- Pay attention to what you eat and how often you eat
- Carry around small, portable snacks like fruit or yogurt
- Register for your upcoming delivery at your local hospital or birth center
Your Baby’s Development
Your baby’s eyes have been sealed shut for the last few months, but they’ll soon open and begin to blink. Depending on ethnicity, some babies will be born with blue or gray-blue eyes (which may change color in the first year of life) and some will be born with brown or dark eyes. Eyelashes are growing in, as is more hair on the head.
Your baby, weighing a little less than 2 pounds (907 grams), still looks wrinkly but will continue to gain weight steadily over the next 14 weeks until birth.
Your uterus provides a safe haven for your baby before birth. But what about after delivery? Your baby will be moving about your home in what seems like no time at all. Take the time now to safeguard your home by babyproofing. Covering electrical outlets, removing choking hazards, installing smoke alarms, and blocking off staircases are just some of the steps to ensuring your child’s safety. Take every precaution you can think of, but remember: No amount of babyproofing can substitute for careful supervision of your child.
Pregnancy symptoms at 26 weeks
You’re nearing the home stretch, the third trimester. Your third trimester starts when you’ve completed 27 weeks of pregnancy. Before you know it, you’ll be cradling your baby in your arms.
Around this time, you may see a slight increase in your blood pressure, which is normal. One condition your midwife will be vigilant about from now on is pre-eclampsia. High blood pressure is associated with pre-eclampsia.
Your midwife will look out for protein in your urine, another sign of pre-eclampsia, when you have a routine antenatal check.
However, in the unlikely event pre-eclampsia is not picked up, the symptoms include severe headaches, blurred vision and swollen hands and feet. So call your doctor or midwife immediately if you notice any of these symptoms. Check out the other symptoms you should never ignore.
If you have a swab to check for a vaginal infection during pregnancy such as thrush, the results may come back positive for group B streptococcus, too. This is a common infection which lots of women have without knowing about it and without it causing any harm, except in very rare circumstances. Read our article on group B strep to find out more.
What you need to know
- If you’re making a birth plan, it makes sense to keep it flexible, because it’s impossible to predict what will happen during labour and birth. Talk your plan through with your partner and ask your midwife and antenatal class teacher for their advice, too.
- The best childminders are in strong demand, and you may need to book one far in advance to secure her services. Find out how spot a good childminder.
- Expecting twins or more? Although it’s more likely that you’ll give birth by caesarean section, it doesn’t automatically follow that you’ll have a caesarean.
- Are you a vegetarian? You can get all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need from these recipes.
- Has your partner sorted his paternity leave? Paternity leave will allow him to take one week or two weeks off work after your baby is born.
- If you’re a larger size, does it mean your baby will be big too?