Pregnancy Week 26
- "Am I Too Late For A Child Birth Class?"

Nah! It is not too late to go for child birth class in this pregnancy week 26 if you did not attend it yet. "What it is so important to go to that class? Can I just skip the class?" Well, it's up to you to attend it or not. But, I strongly recommend you to join the class. You can learn about the signs of labor, normal progress of labor and birth, how your partner can help, etc. So, if you tend to go, do not forget to bring your partner along as he is needed to support you along the way.

I did mention several times already. While you are preparing for your newborn baby, please and please don't forget to take care of your body during pregnancy. Eat well with good pregnancy diet and get plenty of rest, as much as you can. Pregnancy diet and get rest are very essential things that you need to really take care especially at this later stage of pregnancy.

From now on, in pregnancy 26 weeks, headaches may come on frequently as your hormones continue to change. That is why I told you that rest is important. Also, leg cramps is common during this time. Stretch out your leg as much as possible and eat nutritious diet. See, it's all about have a good rest and pregnancy diet!

Other changes that you may want to know in pregnancy week 26 as below, for both you and your unborn child:

Expectant mother:

  • Your uterus is now about 2.5 inches above your belly button. It will continue growing at rate of around 1 cm week by week.
  • Stretch marks are appearing around your hips and abdomen during this pregnancy 26 weeks, if they haven't before.
  • By now, your breasts have reached an advance stage in preparation for breast feeding.
  • A thick, yellowish fluid called colostrum may have formed to feed your baby few days after delivery. It is not like normal breast milk as it has lower in fat and sugar but higher in protein and minerals.

Fetus development:

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  • Your unborn child is around 14 inches (36 cm) long and weighs around 1.7 pounds (0.8 kg) in pregnancy week 26.
  • Your baby's skin becomes thicker as more layers of fat forming just under the surface to provide insulation.
  • Fat starts to develop on his or her bones, too.
  • The skin now becomes more opaque which fine network of veins and blood vessels lying just beneath the surface are no longer visible.
  • By pregnancy 26 weeks, his or her network of nerves in the ears is better developed and more sensitive.
  • Baby can now hear your voice and your partner's when you are chatting with each other. Try to chat with your baby often.
  • In this week, you may be able to hear your baby's heart beat through a traditional stethoscope placed on your tummy.
  • Lungs also continue to mature with the development air sacs and also begin to secrete surfactant - a substance that will help your baby's lungs expand at birth.
  • If in case your baby is born during this pregnancy week 26, he or she had 40% chance to survive with intensive care services.

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