Pregnancy Week By Week

What to Expect in Week 26 of Your Pregnancy

26 Weeks Pregnant Fetus
Written by Stephanie McClane

Twenty-Sixth Week of Pregnancy: Week by Week

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If a woman is at 26 weeks it means she is at the end of pregnancy’s sixth month. This is the time when she will enter her last trimester. 26th week of pregnancy is very crucial as little changes like proper reflexes occur in this period.

Your Beautiful Baby at 26 Weeks

 During this time most of the organs of a baby have either developed or are in developing stages.

  • An important development that occurs in a 26 weeks fetus is that of immune system by soaking various anti-bodies from its mother
  • Although eyelids of a baby have already been formed at nine weeks, but till now they were fused. Baby at 26 weeks starts blinking its eyes. Delicate eyeballs are even now sheltered by a fine membrane that disappears in final weeks of pregnancy. A baby does not respond to light at this stage.
  • Nerves inside are a baby’s ears are now almost complete and he/she is able to hear any conversation.
  • Brain is able to perform almost all functions and fetal pulse rate also heightens
  • Length of fetus at week 26 pregnancy is nearly 35.5 cm or 14 inches and it weighs nearly 762 gm
  • 26 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound shows a baby bringing moving his hands up to his face. This is because co-ordination of fetal hands is improving along with his nervous system
  • 26 weeks 4 days pregnant mother is now assured of her baby’s sex as all reproductive organs are developed and in place.
  • Pregnancy at 26 weeks often finds the baby sticking out his tongue when comes in contact with amniotic fluid

 26 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

One must continue with healthy diet and light exercises. Every pregnancy is different than other and unique in itself. Pregnancy at 26 weeks has following common symptoms

What To Expect Now?

During this time baby is very active. His sleeping and wakeful patterns become pronounced as he punches and kicks whenever a mother is resting. Uterus of a mother who is 26 weeks pregnant is continuously stretching at this time because the baby is at a developing and growth stage. This causes the abdominal muscles to weaken and results in shifting of body’s gravitational center and pain in hip and lower back area.
More info about: 25 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms, Ultrasound and Fetus Development

26 Weeks Pregnant Weight Gain

A 26 weeks pregnant woman can feel her uterus at least two and half inches above her belly button. Her belly starts increasing on a regular basis from now on wards. A Healthy and balanced diet as well as light exercise has resulted in weight gain of nearly 18 pounds to 23 pounds. From this point on wards idyllic weight-gain is 1 pound/week.

About the author

Stephanie McClane

Hi, I’m Stephanie. I graduated college with a business degree and a minor in biology. I met my husband at a business convention and was happily marriage and pregnant within the first two years after saying the words “ I do”.

Jennifer is the eldest of the three. Being pregnant with her, my first, I researched everything pregnancy related and read nearly every book. Giving birth to Anthony and Matty seemed more natural and less stressful the third time around.

I’m happy to share what knowledge I have gathered and learn new things from other mothers. From morning sickness to Anencephaly, or potty training to thumb sucking, I have books and resource guides to share.