You’re 26 weeks pregnant

You’re now in your 26th week of pregnancy and at the end of your second trimester! What does this mean for your baby?

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  • How big is your baby?

    Your baby is around 23cm long – about the size of a large carton box of fruit juice.

    Now find out how your baby is growing…

  • How is your baby growing?

    She’ll be busy sucking away on her thumb, which helps her practise the vital skill of sucking which she’ll need the moment she makes an appearance. While she’s developing, her mouth is extremely sensitive, even more so initially than her hands.

    Your baby’s skin is not so red as it was previously and has stopped being transparent. She’s also got a thin layer of fat underneath her skin, which means she’s less wrinkly and is looking healthier every day.

    Incredibly, she’ll open her eyes this week and will be able to sense the difference between light and dark. Most Caucasian babies are born with blue eyes, while the majority of dark-skinned babies have brown eyes at birth, but you’ll have to wait several more weeks to know what colour they will ultimately be, as they can change colour during this time.

    Now find out what’s happening to your body…

  • What’s happening to your body?

    Around this time you may start feeling what are called Braxton Hicks. They’re like practice contractions, when your uterus tightens and relaxes and may feel a little like mild menstrual cramps. These are perfectly normal and nothing to be worried about, your uterus has been contracting at irregular intervals throughout pregnancy and is now preparing for the real thing later. Also, don’t worry if you don’t feel them – some mums-to-be don’t experience them at all. If however the cramps come at regular intervals or are painful then you should call your midwife or doctor right away as you could be experiencing premature labour.

    At this stage of your pregnancy, you should be putting on 500g a week but don’t worry too much about exact figures as every woman is different.

    Learn more about what symptoms to expect this week and check out our week by week pregnancy guide...

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