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Pregnancy Week 26

Pregnancy Week 26

Baby Development

By this week, the baby will have reached 14 inches in length and 2 pounds. Though there is still space in the uterus, the baby would feel somewhat cramped there. The baby has opened its eyes for the first time this week and can see its surroundings through the newly developed retinas.

The baby might do involuntary movement if a light shines on the womb. The eye color has not been developed and will start developing in a few weeks. The brain activity has started developing. There would be some response like Pulse rate increase or movement in response to noise or light. The baby’s lungs continue to practice breathing and swallowing amniotic fluid. Tiny and sharp fingernails have developed on babies’ small hands and toes.

Changes in mother

By this week, the uterus has reached two and a half inches from the belly button. Another significant change is insomnia, which typically happens during this time. A good diet, little exercise, fresh air, and restricting fluids during the night can help you sleep peacefully. Also, the babies will have more varied and coordinated movements. It, combined with the baby becoming strong, can hurt a little.

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Pregnancy Week 26 symptoms

A few of the symptom this week includes

  1. Forgetfulness – There would be some lapse in your memory as you forget stuff. This forgetfulness is common and temporary. Do keep a note on a pad or for your phone to keep track of things
  2. Clumsiness -Your increased weight has shifted the center of gravity of your body.
  3. Migraines -Those who have migraines earlier have a high chance of getting it during pregnancy. Now that you cannot take strong medicines, you must look at alternative therapies like yoga, massage, acupuncture, etc.
  4. Blurry vision is caused by eyes becoming dry as the production of tears decreases during pregnancy.

Important Tips

What to do

  1. Maintain good hygiene, particularly in the kitchen. Always wash your hands carefully with soap. Avoid handling raw meats and eggs
  2. Get ready for the arrival of the baby by getting a proper crib, Baby essentials, and other stuff.
  3. Always check that your food items are properly cooked.

What to avoid

  1. Any raw non-vegetarian items, including raw eggs.
  2. Any slippery surface, such as your clumsiness, might cause you to fall, which is extremely bad for you and the baby.

When to Consult a Doctor

  1. If you can’t sleep at all.
  2. If you have developed Serious issues with your sight.


At the 26th week, the baby would be little more than 14 inches long and complete 2 pounds. The mother would have forgetfulness, clumsiness, migraines, and blurry vision. Eat properly cooked food and avoid undercooked meat. Do your baby shopping, get a proper crib, and avoid slippery surfaces.

  1. N H S
  2. Healthdirect Australia
  3. The Cleveland Clinic
    Fetal Development 
  4. The Mayo Clinic
    Fetal development
  5. Women Health
    Pregnancy: Stages of pregnancy


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