How Your Baby Grows Inside You: Week 26
Does your tummy might feel like a football field? Well that’s because your baby vigorously practicing kicks and somersaults! Your little football champ is about 14 inches long and weighs about 800 grams this week.
You might notice that your baby is more active when you’re resting but doesn’t move much when you’re up and about. This is due to the fact that your movements provide a swinging action which lulls your baby to sleep.
So when you want to rest after a hard day, your baby will want to party! This might be annoying, but this pattern will continue for a few weeks after birth. You might find that your little one sleeps like an angel during the day but is awake like an owl at night. So the phrase - ‘sleeping like a baby’ is a myth!
Signs and Symptoms
Your uterus is now growing and putting pressure on your back, so be extra cautious about your posture. You might also slowly develop aching calves and pain in the soles of your feet.
It’s a great idea to schedule a prenatal massage with a therapist who is well-versed with prenatal dos and don’ts. A good massage can help relieve the niggling back pain, aching calves and feet.
Your doctor might ask you to keep a count of your baby’s movements. Ten movements in an hour especially when the baby is active is what needs to be accounted for.
But remember, each baby is unique and will have a unique pattern of movements. Comparing your baby’s movements with others’ even at the same stage of pregnancy, is not a good idea.
The added pressure on your back might make you feel uncomfortable. Avoid sleeping on your back completely from now on and use a body pillow for support. The pillow will also help you stay on your side.
Thoughts about labour and delivery might make you anxious. You can speak to veteran moms to share their delivery experience, but remember every delivery is different. Just follow your doctor’s instructions and stay healthy. A healthy pregnancy leads to a healthy delivery.
It is also a great idea to do a little reading on breastfeeding or take a breastfeeding class. This will equip you with the knowledge to start breastfeeding more confidently after birth and you might also be able to avoid common pitfalls.
You might be tempted to just sink into a tub of hot water to relieve all the pain and soreness, but it is not advisable to use a hot tub, steam or sauna during pregnancy. A sauna could overheat your body and also increase the temperature in your uterus which is not good for your baby.
Old Wives’ Tales
It is said that if a dad-to-be puts on weight during pregnancy, then his wife is carrying a baby girl and if he is losing weight, then the baby is probably a boy.
Your spouse is probably putting on weight to keep you company during those cravings, or losing weight because he’s a bit nervous. You can have a good laugh on this myth as your baby’s gender definitely does not depend on how much the father weighs.
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