Pregnant at 26 weeks, your baby measures around 35cm from their head to their bottom. Their hand co-ordination is constantly improving and on an ultrasound you may see that they constantly bring their hands up to the face.
He or she is forming sleeping patterns now and will be more active at certain times of the day. The movement of your little one may become more pronounced during your periods of rest. But you should still feel regular activity – if you’re at all worried, give your midwife or doctor a call.
You may notice darkening of the skin line down the centre of your abdomen (the linea nigra). This tends to fade after your baby is born.
Your rapid 26 week pregnant weight gain may cause you to develop stretch marks around your tummy, hips and thighs. After your pregnancy, these often fade and become less apparent. Moisturising can help smooth the skin, but isn’t likely to stop you from getting them as they are often genetic.
If you’re feeling hot, this is because your core temperature rises during pregnancy because of the hormone progesterone. Make sure you drink plenty of water and wear loose, comfortable clothing to reduce your discomfort.
What to think about
You may not have decided what sort of birth you would like. There are several options available to you - such as a home, hospital or water birth. Talk to your midwife and ask for more information to help you make your decision.
If you’re pregnant with twins, be aware that they may arrive early so make sure you’re prepared. Learn more about multiple births.
Antenatal classes are a great place to meet other parents-to-be and exchange stories about your experiences. In these classes you’ll learn more about pregnancy and labour. You will also be taught techniques to help breathing and relaxation. Make sure you get involved.
Breast lumps may form during your pregnancy – they may be tender and they may move around. They can be normal in pregnancy, especially in the third trimester, but lumps in your breasts should never be ignored so pay a visit to your doctor.