Hi guys, today’s post is going to be about your 26 week pregnancy and ultrasound, as usual I am going to talk about pregnancy symptoms, fetal development and most importantly fetal ultrasound, if you are interested in this topic, let’s begin.
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How Big Is your Baby at 26 Weeks Pregnant?
At 26 weeks pregnant, the baby is as big as a Lettuce. The average 26 week fetus weighs about 1.8 lbs. or 820 grams, and measures about 23 centimeters long(Excluding legs).
Small discrepancies on weight and size not necessarily means that there is a problem, only if the difference is 2 weeks or more further testing is required.
Your list of Pregnancy symptoms at 26 weeks includes!
Braxton Hicks contractions: You might start noticing mild contractions at this point, some patients more than others, Braxton hicks contractions is when your uterus occasionally feel tight as it practices for labor. This is totally normal as long as the contractions go away when you change positions. Let your doctor know about any pain or contractions that don’t stop, Keep in mind that Dehydration can cause Premature Labor, so try to keep yourself hydrated at all times. If you are pregnant with twins expect to be feeling more of this contractions.
Migraines: This symptom is due to hormone fluctuations or stress. But you can get also get migraines if you’re hungry or dehydrated, so try to take healthy snacks regularly and keep yourself hydrated.
Trouble sleeping: Maybe you can’t sleep because you’re getting nervous or anxious about delivery, or just your maybe because your belly getting in the way. Experiment with different strategies for getting some sleep, see what works for you and do it.
Swollen hands and/or feet: Now that you’re pregnant, you have an increase in the amount of fluids in your body. So minor swelling is totally normal and will resolve as soon as baby is born.
Other pregnancy symptoms might still be present at this time, symptoms such as Bloating and gas, pregnancy brain and clumsiness, round ligament pain, pain and abdominal discomforts, all of them normal until you baby is born.
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Your baby is still growing strong, an increased in fetal activity is still noticeable at this time as well, baby is more active kicking more and more every day.
To review other pregnancy symptoms, fetal development and ultrasounds check any of my previous posts on the links below:
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Helpful tips for you this week.
Perfect time for start Putting your nursery together, but remember: safety comes always first.
What is happening with your baby at 26 weeks?
1.Inside your baby’s brain: The sensations your baby gets from kicking is helping his brain to build pathways and connections. The number of nerve cells increases rapidly this month, especially in the frontal brain, where thinking takes place. Around the spinal cord fatty sheaths have begun to form, your baby by now is developing reflexes that will have later as a newborn, example: Sucking, a necessary reflex for nursing.
2.Hair and skin: Almost every hair follicle is in place and formed by now. The skin becomes covered with a fatty cheesy, yellowish substance called vernix caseosa. Your baby is also growing fat under the skin.
3.Inside your baby’s intestines: the first stool is forming up, this is called meconium.
4.If your baby is a girl eggs are starting to develop inside her ovaries.
5.If your baby is a boy his testes begun producing testosterone.
6.Baby’s getting his or her immune system ready for life by soaking up your antibodies. Also baby’s eyes are forming, and his or her eyes will soon start to open.
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What to know about doctor visits?
You’ve probably got a couple weeks until your next prenatal appointment and typically there is no 26 weeks pregnant ultrasound, remember you’ll see the OB once this month if you haven’t already. Starting at week 28, your visits will be every two weeks.
By now you probably have the majorities of tests done, at this point doctor visits consist in monitoring:
Your weight gain.
Heart rate with Doppler.
Signs of preterm labor.
If signs of preterm labor are present then an Ultrasound will be ordered.
Now lets take a look of some Ultrasound images at 26 weeks.
Normal fetal heart rate 120 to 170 bpm.
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