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pregnant 26 weeks : complete info , symptoms and development

Entering week 26 of pregnancy, the development of the fetal body is along the leeks. Approximately, the body length of the fetus from head to toe is about 39 cm and weighs 750 grams.

The fetus's eyes will open for the first time in this period and start blinking. Even so, you can only find out what the color of the baby's eyes when he was born.

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The color of the baby's eyeball will depend on the race or ethnicity of the offspring. Some babies will be born with blue or gray eyes that can turn brown or dark in the first year of life

Eyelashes and hair on the head also begin to grow during this pregnancy.

What else is fetal development that must be considered at week 26 of pregnancy?

You can feel fetal movements for the first time now. This may be a sign of the most anticipated fetal development entering the 26th week of pregnancy. Especially if this is your first pregnancy.

The baby kick doesn't hurt. The sensation feels more like tingling tickling in the stomach, or like popcorn that is bursting in the microwave.

The fetus will usually move a lot between 9pm and 1am, when you are sleeping.

When the fetal nervous system has begun to develop, fetal movements will be more coordinated.

The greater the gestational age, the stronger and often the fetus moves in the womb.

26 weeks of fetal development: symptoms of pregnancy

  • You will begin to see how your stomach looks more bulging. Your content will be around 6.35 cm above the navel.
  • You will experience difficulty sleeping because you feel (and throughout the day) struggling through back pain, heartburn, and leg cramps. All of this will make it difficult for you to sleep well.
  • You experience an increase in blood pressure. Even if the results may be lower than non-pregnant conditions, you might want to check preeclampsia. This condition is characterized by increased blood pressure.
  • You experience pain in the round ligament (ligament that connects the front of the uterus to the groin, the area where the foot attaches to the pelvis) caused by continued enlargement of the womb.
  • Does your vision feel blurred? This could be due to the presence of pregnancy hormones that reduce tear production, and cause dry eyes.

How do you change your body at week 26 of pregnancy?

Along with the development of the fetus, there are many changes that occur in the body of the mother entering the 26th week of pregnancy.

The most noticeable change might be an enlarged stomach. During this period, pregnant women also need to clean their navel more often. Why?

An enlarged stomach will push the belly button further sticking forward. Well, dirty navel can give off a bad smell. Especially if previously cleaned.

In addition, pregnant women may also experience:

Stretch marks

The appearance of itchy stretch marks is common from this gestational age.

Stretch marks appear because of the increase in body weight and the size of the womb that is getting bigger so it stretches the skin. Stretch marks can appear on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and sometimes also appear on the upper arm.

Although it interferes with the appearance and makes it uncomfortable, stretch marks do not endanger pregnancy.

Insomnia

Entering 26 weeks' gestation, you may be less likely to sleep.

Insomnia can occur due to hormonal changes, which are compounded by complaints of stomach ache, cramps in the legs, and frequent urination throughout the night

To prevent insomnia, mothers are advised to do physical activities such as swimming or yoga so that the body is tired and easy to sleep at night.

Easy to fall

The older the gestational age, the more vulnerable you will fall. This risk exists because the enlarged stomach will shift the center of gravity of the body into the front of the stomach. This is also what changes the mother's posture to lean forward.

The risk of falling can also be caused by weakened joints so it is not stable to hold back the posture. The gait started to become unstable. Not to mention taking into account the common fatigue factor that occurs during pregnancy.

So at this gestational age, pregnant women should be more careful not to fall.

What should I discuss with the doctor?

When checking routine contents, you can discuss how to avoid or eliminate stretch marks.

Your doctor may prescribe a topical or injectable medication that redistrates the texture of your skin and reduces the itching.

If you have already fallen, also tell the doctor during the consultation. Falling may not always endanger the condition of the mother and fetus. Amniotic fluid and the muscles of the uterus surrounding your baby function as a protective cushion for your baby from outside impact.

However, it is better to always be vigilant. Especially after you fall you realize that the fetus moves less frequently, or you experience bleeding or contractions after falling.

Discuss with doctor how to avoid and anticipate the risk of falling during pregnancy.

You may also ask for advice on tips on sound sleep during pregnancy.

What tests should I know?

In this second trimester, doctors can recommend several tests based on your needs, including:

  • Measuring body weight and blood pressure.
  • Check glucose levels for the diagnosis of gestational diabetes.
  • Rh negative examination (Rh factor)
  • Check for symptoms of false contractions (Braxton Hicks)
  • Check for abnormal symptoms that you might feel.

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