Pregnancy Week 26 / Second Trimester

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Week 26


What happens to you?

You have been able to feel the baby move for quite a few weeks now, but now others can feel the baby move to by placing their hands on your abdomen when the baby is active.  It can be a wonderful experience to share this with others.

Finding a comfortable position for sleeping is a new task.  Nighttime trips to the bathroom, or to get water or snacks, cut into your sleep, as do the midnight gyrations of the baby.  Since you need all the sleep you can get, grab a nap during the day.

A body pillow is a good recommendation for this time of your pregnancy.  It will allow you to support your legs and your growing belly.  If you don't have a body pillow, try making use of several regular pillows.

What happens to the baby?

Veins are visible through the baby's skin, which is quickly changing from transparent to opaque.

The baby is able to hear you and those around you.  Although we assume that the uterus is a quiet place, the baby has been surrounded by noise since it could first hear.  Your heart beating, digestive noises, and other body functions can be heard by the baby, as well as noises from the outside world.  The baby may jump at a sudden noise.  The baby is aware of lightness and darkness also, since some light can be seen from inside the uterus.

The baby weighs 1 pound 12 ounces (794 grams) and measures 32.5 cm or 12.8 inches in total length.



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