How Big is Baby?
Your baby is nearly as long as a zucchini. Her eyebrows and eyelashes are well-defined; plus, she has more hair on her head this week.
Baby's Length: 14.02in.
Baby's Weight: 1.68lb.
Mom's Changing Body
By now, you've probably gained around 15 pounds, and possibly even more, depending on your pre-pregnancy weight. It may sound like a lot and you may not be loving your pregnancy size, but remember it's a necessity. Also, much of the weight can be attributed to the weight of your baby, an increase of blood and fluid volume, your expanded uterus, larger breasts, the placenta, and amniotic fluid.
Once baby reaches 26 weeks, she will settle into a distinct sleep-wake pattern. You may notice that sometimes she's very active and kicking or punching, and other times she sleeps. If you're lucky, these patterns will mimic yours.
Edema—aka the swelling of your hands and feet—may make it hard to get your rings on and your shoes off these days. In fact, 75 percent of pregnant women experience this side effect. The excess fluid in your body often causes your hands, legs, ankles, and feet to swell. Be sure to drink lots of water to try to flush everything through your system. Support stockings can also help prevent swelling.
Week 26 Ultrasound
Hi, Mom! This image reveals a close-up look at your unborn baby's nose and mouth. It's almost as if her face is pressed up against a window.
What Week 26 of Your Pregnancy is Really Like
Watch Baby's Growth
Pregnancy Confidential Podcast
Is Breast Always Best?
If pregnancy felt a little like a dream in the early days, at 26 Weeks it definitely feels like reality: you're sporting the belly to prove it and you're probably well aware of there being a real, live baby inside with every somersault you feel. This real baby has gotta eat when he comes out, so now's a good time to think seriously about how and what you'll feed him. You've heard it a million times: breast is best. But is it always? In this week's podcast, we take a look at the formula/breast milk debate to help you think ahead about your little bub's nutrition.
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This Week's FAQs
Swelling During Pregnancy: What's Normal, What's Not, and When to WorryYour belly's not the only body part that will get bigger. Keep reading to learn more about what causes swelling in pregnancy and how to reduce it.
The Most Important Questions to Ask a Pediatrician You're ConsideringYou've got a baby on the way—now's the time to find a doctor you can trust. Here's our guide to choosing the pediatrician that's right for you and your little one.