Pregnancy at 26 Weeks
Wow, time is moving along…your baby is hearing your voice and your significant other’s so he will recognize you both after he is born. He is also breathing amniotic fluid and developing his lungs. Weighing in at about 1 2/3 pounds, he is now about 14 inches from head to foot. Boy baby’s testicles are now descending into the scrotal sac, this process will take about three months.
Your mom-to-be life at 26 weeks of pregnancy:
- Childbirth classes
- Getting baby’s room ready
- Taking care of yourself, eating right and exercising
- Your blood pressure may be increasing slightly
- Watching out for signs of preeclampsia
Preeclampsia — a serious condition characterized by high blood pressure — most often shows up after 37 weeks, but it can happen earlier so it’s important to be aware of the warning signs. Call your caregiver if you have swelling in your face or puffiness around your eyes, more than slight swelling of your hands, excessive or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, or rapid weight gain (more than 4-5 pounds in a week). With more severe preeclampsia, you may experience other symptoms. Let your caregiver know immediately if you have a severe or persistent headache, vision changes (including double or blurred vision, seeing spots or flashing lights, sensitivity to light, or temporary loss of vision), intense pain or tenderness in your upper abdomen, or vomiting.
- Your lower back may be achy due to your growing uterus and your shifting center of gravity-your abdominal muscles are stretched and weaker at this point-your joints and muscles are feeling the stress of your extra weight-all of this makes you feel pretty tired at the end of the day.
Some relief measures:
- warm baths or warm or cool compresses
- maintain good posture
- take breaks from sitting and standing too long
- sleep on your side
- bend you knees and put a pillow between your legs and use another pillow to support you belly.
Some of these suggestions will come naturally. Over thirty years ago I did these out of sheer common sense…your body sometimes tells you what to do if you listen to it.
“To help yourself relax, immerse your feet in a basin filled with warm water. Add a few drops of scented oil and enjoy.”
Questions for this time.
- Do you want to write a birth plan?
Maybe you don’t even know where to go with this idea but it can help you to learn more about labor and delivery. If you are considering using a doula you might want discuss a birth plan with them or with your caregiver and your significant other.
Things to think about in a birth plan:
- pain relief
- elective c-section
- unpredictable things about labor and delivery
- remaining flexible
- defining your philosophy and writing about how you would like things to go
- do you want delivery to be somewhat private or do you want family present
- do you want your partner to cut the cord
- do you plan to breastfeed
- 24 hour rooming in with your baby
If you are having a boy, here is a question. Circumcision or no circumcision?
Most of all try to enjoy the remaining weeks of your pregnancy before your baby arrives.