26 Weeks Pregnant

Week 26 photo
length ~ 14 in  |  35.5 cm     weight ~ 1.7 lbs  |  770 g   /   Eye see YOU!

Fetal development in week 26

At long last your little swimmer can see!

For the first time ever, your wee babe's eyelids have finally opened (remember: they were fused shut previously) and they’re probably having their first moments of sight as you read this (or maybe it already happened while you were brushing your teeth or browsing the internet or something).

In addition to taking in their first visual impressions of their comfy amniotic-filled studio, your little human-bean recently acquired the ability to move their head around.

That's right, if your child were clever enough (which they're not - yet), they could engage in that most basic of non-verbal communication - the head shake/nod. Not to mention, gawking!

In further anti-alien developments: your little super star’s head hair is starting to grow in!

Who knows, maybe a cute little cowlick or two is springing into position right now - the first of years of cute-but-stubborn bed-head.

Your wee piggy's toenails have recently grown in and they're still slowly piling up fat beneath their still-loose-n-wrinkly skin.

Most importantly, their brain tissue and neurons are all developing at a rapid pace, increasing their (genius-level?) brain activity, which will continue to function at accelerated levels for the first eight years of childhood!

And how's mom doing?

Hoorah! This is the final week of your second trimester! You're almost there!!!If you just got back from the restroom, we're sure you're aware that you’ve finally reached that infamous “live-on-the-toilet” phase of pregnancy where everything's bigger (boobs, butt, baby, belly) but your bladder

We won't go on and on about the joys of constipation, but if you’re curious why you’ve got to put up with this much-less-than-fun blockage, it’s because you’re producing higher levels of progesterone, which relaxes muscle tissue throughout your entire body, including your gastrointestinal tract and ultimately slows digestion down… waaaay down.

Not to fear, there are easy natural remedies for the joys of constipation:

  • Increase your standard fiber intake with more fresh fruits and veggies, oatmeal, or whole grains.

  • Get moving - your poop moves more the more you move!

  • Drink more water! (Not soda - sugar helps dehydrate you.)

  • If you haven’t been very active (tsk tsk!), try some brisk walking or swimming.

  • Increasing your general activity levels often inspires a bowel movement without requiring a suppository.

If you just got back from the restroom, we're sure you're aware that you’ve finally reached that infamous “live-on-the-toilet” phase of pregnancy where everything's bigger (boobs, butt, baby, belly) but your bladder.

Your best strategy is to accept the fact you’re going to need to pee every 15 minutes or so. If you manage to go for an hour or longer, count yourself amongst the lucky iron-bladdered few.

Are you ready to rock this last trimester?!

Did You Know?

Hemorrhoids during pregnancy are caused by the combined weight of the baby and womb putting pressure on the veins that bring blood up to the heart from the anus and rectum, which induces vein dilation at the anus or hemorrhoids. They will worsen throughout pregnancy as the size and weight of your uterus increases, and (happily) improve after pregnancy.

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Sarcastic Journalist ?

No really, poke me AGAIN, it's fun!

When you’re pregnant, you’re getting ready to change all the “labels” in your life. You go from “wife” to “mother.” “Childless” to “Mom.” There’s another label they may forget to tell you about: Human pincushion.

I have never been poked with a needle as many times as I have while I was pregnant. It seemed that every time I turned around, someone was telling me they needed this or that tested and, of course, it always needed to be a blood test.

The most annoying test, to me, was the gestational diabetes test. Not only would you find out if you would have to stop consuming that gallon of ice cream every night, but you’d actually have to drink a sugary syrup before having your blood drawn.

The doctors always scared me with this test. They’d hand me a glass bottle with a bunch of directions typed on it and say “See you next month. Make sure to follow the directions.”

Too bad the directions were written by someone who had never met a pregnant woman that worried too much.

“Do not eat for X hours before test. Do not look North while drinking the orange soda. Do not hold your breath for longer than six seconds and please do not think about peeing in the next five hours.”

After you drink the orange soda, you have to make sure to get to the doctor’s office in a certain amount of time for them to do the blood work. From the minute the bottle touched my lips to my entering the doctor’s office, I would keep worrying that I wouldn’t get there in time and I had drunk the drink for nothing.

“I’m here for the glucose test!” I’d scream as I ran in. “I drank the drink exactly one hour and 55 minutes ago and I need someone to draw my blood now or I JUST MIGHT DIE.”

I never did die, nor did I ever miss the time frame given for me to have my blood drawn. I did, however, annoy plenty of nurses due to repeating “Oh no. I think I’m going to faint. I hate this. I’m going to faint. I have bad veins. HURRY THE HECK UP ALREADY.”