26 weeks pregnant

#baby may already be in the head-down position, the ideal position for a natural birth. You may experience sleep disruptions due to hormones and your growing belly.

#baby ’s development
The little one now weighs about 750g and measures about 35 cm in height — the size of a red cabbage.

Hearing and language: The ears have now fully developed. Even though #baby is surrounded by amniotic fluid and wrapped in the layers of your body — which means that all noises from outside your body will be muffled — #baby ’s little brain is now starting to register the sounds of language. If you speak a lot of your native language while #baby is still in the womb, the little one is more likely to pay attention to those who speak that same language a few days after birth. In the coming weeks, #baby will become even more receptive to sounds, especially your voice.

The lung: The branches of bronchioles keep expanding like a sprawling tree. By now, approximately 17 orders of branches have formed, and each terminal formed 2 or more respiratory bronchioles. In two weeks, #baby has a very high chance of surviving a preterm delivery, because the lungs are then able to breathe. 

The tiny nails: #baby ’s tiny fingernails are now visible after being underdeveloped for many weeks.

Your development
You might be feeling more tired because painful leg cramps could affect your sleep.

The leg cramps: The cause of leg cramps during pregnancy is not fully known. Some theories say that #baby presses on certain nerves and blood vessels that go to your legs. But, also, calcium or magnesium deficiency or dehydration might play a role. You may help prevent them by flexing and releasing your feet several times before bedtime.

Braxton Hicks: You might keep experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions, and the closer your due date gets, the more they seem like real labor. You’ll know when real labor starts if the contractions occur every 5 minutes. 

What you can do
Although it may get increasingly difficult to be active with all the added weight, make every effort to stay active since it prepares you for delivery. 

Rh factor blood test: If you tested Rh-negative at the beginning of your pregnancy, you will be offered an Anti-D injection at around weeks 26-28. Anti-D stops your body from making antibodies, thus, preventing your immune system from rejecting #baby ’s red blood cells.

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