26 Weeks Pregnant

26 Weeks Pregnant – My Growing Baby

My growing baby is more than a rule in length measuring 13 inches and now weighs 2 pounds.*

26 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for my baby

Most changes for my baby are not noticeable through a sonogram.  For example one of the things happening at this time is that my baby’s nerves associated with hearing are develop.  For those of us with boys, a change taking place is the descent of the testicles into the scrotum.*

26 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for me

From this point forward, you should anticipate growing about a half an inch each week.  More than likely your weight gain is between 16 to 22 pounds.  If you are outside this range you might check with your healthcare provider and a nutritionist to make sure that you are eating correctly.

26 Weeks Pregnant – Planning this week

You will be having another prenatal exam about this time.  During this visit there are a number of screening tests and topics that your healthcare provider will discuss with you.  These include the following:

  • Blood screenings
  • Screening for Rh Factor
  • Screening for gestational diabetes
  • Deciding to circumcise or not
  • Postpartum diet and recovery
  • Deciding to store your baby’s cord blood or not
  • Preparations for Braxton-Hicks contractions

26 Weeks Pregnant – Health Tips

We have talked about your fish intake already, but it never hurts to repeat.  Some fish contain mercury and potential are harmful to your baby.  Here is a list of fish that should be good for you to eat:

  • bass
  • catfish
  • cod
  • flounder
  • freshwater perch
  • salmon

Here is a list of fish that should be avoided:

  • shark
  • swordfish
  • king mackerel
  • fresh tuna
  • sea bass
  • tilefish
  • fish that have been exposed to industrial pollutants
  • raw shellfish

Most women enjoy a canned tuna and the good news is that this is considered safe to eat.  The current recommendation is to avoid eating over 12 ounces of any fish in a given week.

26 Weeks Pregnant – Tips for my partner

Adding weight is not something women enjoy about their pregnancy and it is common for her to begin to feel less desirable.  Make sure that you keep your affirmations up and let her know how beautiful you still think she is.  Open dialogs about your attraction to her will go along way, but it doesn’t hurt to take her on a date or spend some focused time on just loving on her.

Last Updated: 11/2012

* All measurements are provided as a general guide for common pregnancy development which may vary depending on the nutrition, mother’s health or accurate dating of conception.  Every pregnancy is unique and may be experienced differently even for the same woman.  It is important to undertand that babies develop at a different rate even before they are born. The purpose of this developmental information is to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing, and you must remember that your baby’s growth may vary from that which is outlined.

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