You are now 5 months and 3 weeks pregnant. Just 14 more weeks to go until you meet your little nugget. Is it starting to get surreal that the little arms and legs that are constantly squiriming around in your belly will soon be in your amrs?!
Baby In Action at 26 Weeks
We’ve talked alot about baby’s lungs over the past few weeks. They are now in practice mode! He or she is breathing in small amounts of amniotic fluid. Baby’s fingernail are also now fully formed (and are seriously the tinniest and cutest little things ever!).
Baby Size at 26 Weeks
Baby is continuously growing! He or she now weighs about 1 3/4 pounds and is about 14 inches long. Baby is the size of a head of kale.
Your Body at 26 Weeks
Here are some of the common pregnancy symptoms you may be experiencing at 26 weeks pregnant:
Swelling: This is due to the increase blood flow in your body. A normal amount of swelling can be normal, but if you are concerned, contact your OB. Extreme swelling can me a sign of preeclampsia.
Weight Gain: At this point, you should have gained anywhere from 15 to 22 pounds. More details here on how much you should be gaining throughout your pregnany.
Bleeding Gums: Thanks to what is referred to as “pregnancy gingivitis”. The hormonal changes in your body make your gums more sensitive to plaque. This is a big reason good dental care is so important during pregnancy! Be sure to make an appointment with your dentist if you have not already!
26 Week To-Do-List
-It’s time to start thinking about feeding baby and whether you will breastfeed or bottle feed. There are many benefits to breastfeeding, however fed is best for both mama and baby!
If you do plan to breastfeed, I would highly recommend taking the Milkology Breastfeeding course! I took it with my second daughter and it was a game changer! The class is taught by a lactation counselor who seriously knows her stuff. You can check out the course curriculum here.
-Speaking of classes, if you have not signed up for your online birthing class, now is the time! Birth It Up is the one class our readers have found to be the most beneficial and informative. You can use the discount code SWADDLESNBOTTLES for 10% off the cost of the class ($39)