The child

The child

Your baby measures about 12.2 inches—or 1 foot!—(31 cm) from head to foot and weighs about 1.75 pounds (810 gm) at the start of the week—and about 2 pounds (930 gm) at the end of the week.

Your baby can breathe in and out and practices by filling her lungs with amniotic fluid. The eyes are fully formed. Your baby reacts to sounds with an increased heart rate, and also starts to react to touch at around this time.

Inside the uterus week 26
Mother

Mother

Your belly is becoming more pronounced, and some women develop stretchmarks (striae gravidarum), which look like shimmery blue lines. Stretchmarks are probably due to hormones, so applying expensive creams or oils won’t help.

Your skin could be very itchy if it cracks, but you can relieve this itch by rubbing a moisturizing lotion on your belly. Some women also get stretchmarks on their breasts, thighs and bottom. These marks often fade with time.

Blood circulation deals with the increase in fluid in your body, which means that your heart and kidneys are working particularly hard. If you haven’t signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and infant CPR, now is the time to do so.

Pregnancy week 26 Mother beige
Partner

Partner

You’re probably finding that the weeks are passing considerably faster now than at the start of the pregnancy. Did you know that newborns can recognize both their parents immediately after birth? Partners too, as long as you’ve been present during the pregnancy. Not only with the baby will recognize your voice from her time in the uterus, research shows that your baby will be able to recognize your faces approximately 48 hours after birth.

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