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Pregnancy Week 26

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Your Baby's Development This Week

The baby is now about 14" long and weighs about two pounds. The big development is that the eyes have finally opened and the retinas are forming. Babies may be born with blue or gray-blue or dark eyes, however the color can change up to the first six months of life. The baby is now responding to touch more, and the movements are becoming more and more coordinated as the nervous system fine-tunes. However, all those baby gymnastics can become uncomfortable, or even painful at times for mom. To deal, trying changing your position or stretching, and if that's unsuccessful, gently push with the heel of your hand. The lungs are developing and all the swallowing of amniotic fluid helps with that development. Baby boy's testicles are now descending into the scrotum.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 26

At this point in the pregnancy, you've probably gained in the 16-22 pound range. One common complaint of pregnancy, constipation, leads directly to another in this case, hemorrhoids. To combat this problem, try to drink plenty of water, never strain with bowel movement and eat a balanced diet. Sometimes the iron in the pregnancy vitamins can cause constipation. If you think that might be a culprit for you, talk to your doctor about whether you should switch vitamins or take a gentle stool softener safe for pregnant women.

Another common complaint at this point in the pregnancy is Braxton Hicks contractions. These are not painful but can be jarring if you aren't sure what they are or what they mean. It's just your uterus gearing up for the big day. You can differentiate between them and the real thing by being aware of how regular the contractions are and if they are becoming harder or closer together. Braxton Hicks are irregular and do not peak. Talk to your doctor about how to know when the real ones are upon you.

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One test that you will need in the pregnancy is one to check for Rh factor in your blood. Everyone is either Rh negative or positive. The majority, about 85%, are Rh positive. However, if you are in the smaller group of Rh negative, you will need to take a few simple steps to ensure a safe pregnancy and healthy baby. You will receive a special shot around this point of the pregnancy. You'll get another once you've delivered the baby, or if anything occurs in the pregnancy where blood between you and the fetus might be in contact. Your doctor will explain what types of situations would require additional shots. At one time having Rh negative blood meant a dire circumstance for subsequent pregnancies, but that's no longer the case.

Preparing for Baby

Cord blood is the blood that is stored in the umbilical cord, which is typically thrown out, but rich in stem cells. These stem cells can be used to treat a number of inherited diseases, especially types of leukemia. Saving cord blood is a painless simple procedure which poses no risk to baby or mother. However, the process to bank it is not cheap. Expect prices to range from one to two thousand dollars initially, then about 0 each year. Only deal with facilities accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks. If you cannot afford to bank it, consider donating the cord blood to help others. It's a pretty simple process and could save lives.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

Eating a balanced diet is only one issue in healthy eating. There are also some foods pregnant women are best to avoid. One is raw meat, due to concerns about food borne diseases. However, many pregnant women don't realize that deli meats can cause the illness listeria, which is dangerous to mom and baby. You should also avoid seafood known to be high in mercury, such as shark, swordfish, mackerel, and tuna only in moderation. Smoked seafood should also be avoided.

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naomi Nov 18, 2014 02:33:29 PM ET

I'm 26 weeks pregnant with my first. i am loving it so much. i weighed 120 lbs before, and now i'm at 140 lbs. i feel like my belly is as big as it can get. i still have 3 months though. i can't wait to hold her. sabrina nichole is her name.

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Guest Nov 18, 2013 09:18:13 PM ET

I'm 26 weeks and loving my baby boy movements. i still having mild morning sickness, but baby and i are both healthy.

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Shelli Aug 13, 2013 11:24:14 PM ET

I'm 23 - 5'9 and weigh 135 i was 128. i'm also entering third trimester 28 weeks. i get all the time that i don't look pregnant. makes me feel awful, because i have also found out that my baby girl has club feet, i feel like it's my fault cause im to small. but other than that my baby girl is healhy. can anyone who has been threw this before help me with some information about this. all the info i get will be usefull. im just scared and its my first baby. scared

Guest Apr 27, 2014 10:15:20 PM ET

I'm pregnant with baby girl number 2. i'm 26 weeks pregnant. i'm 5'9, and i started at a weight of 127 lbs. i currently weigh 135 lbs, and everything is healthy and growing well. my first baby girl is now 4, and was born 20 inches and was 7.5 lbs. my weight gain with her was even less than with this second one. i'm sure you are fine and will have healthy baby! enjoy not being as large as a house!

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mya Jul 20, 2013 02:32:21 AM ET

I'm 26 weeks and ready to get it over with now tired of being big as a house with this lil boy due sep 25

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krii krii Jul 10, 2013 08:16:28 PM ET

I am 6 months and my baby moves so much in my tummy!she has already turned with her head facing down..but my tummy is very small

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Chynex Jun 17, 2013 06:53:31 PM ET

I'm 26 wks i'm scared but also happy cnt wait to find out what i'm having my baby is healthy i'm so happy just need to eat more. even doe his movement scares me a littlr cus he keps poking out his head and other body parts when i'm sleepig or relaxing and he jumps a lot and kicks really hard nd more often. but anyways i hope to have a girl but if its a boy its still fine with me i'm taking my vitamins yay nd my doc says i have a healthy baby nd i have never gotten sick or have any swollen on my feet or anyothe body part. just feeling tired;dizzy; and nervpus for the big day 4 more month to go baby i find out my exact due date on 6/24/13 and what i'm having so excited. but luv the site nd i'm so happy i have supporting parents and protections.#3 &!:3

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Tiffany May 23, 2013 06:51:44 AM ET

I'm 26 weeks with my first after two early miscarriages. i have grade 1 placenta previa and was diagnosed with polyhydramnios. was given adalat to prevent contractions and was given celestone shots to help my son's lungs mature faster just in case i go into preterm labour. very scared and worried. i just hope my little man stays in my belly until 37 weeks at least. he's growing well and is kicking me every day. i love feeling him move. i've gained 8kg and definitely showing big. all the best to you ladies. may we all have happy and healthy babies.

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veronica Dec 7, 2012 03:55:18 AM ET

I'm 34 & my first baby.very very excited my boyfriend&i are just enjoying every moment, going fast. i love to feel her movements,we totally love our baby girl

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Merc Oct 28, 2012 12:21:26 AM ET

I am also 26 week, my second boy...well i feel huge. i am 5"3 weighting 159, started my pregnancy at 140 (actually 15 plus than my first pregnancy). feeling tired and kind of slow in my overall day to day functions.

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Lexy Aug 6, 2012 03:34:58 PM ET

26 weeks and weigh 125. my start weight was 115 and i'm 5'4. baby kiera is apparently a week ahead from what the ultrasound lady said. still can't believe it.

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