26 Weeks Pregnant

26 Weeks Pregnant

week 26 foetusHow is Your Baby Growing at 26 Weeks?

At week 26, your baby’s eyes are beginning to open but this is a gradual process and they won’t be fully open for another few weeks.


The lungs are in the final stages of development and your baby is breathing in small amounts of amniotic fluid every so often.


For baby boys, the testicles are beginning to lower into the scrotum.


How Big is Your Baby at 26 Weeks?

At week 26, your baby is 35.6 cm (about the size of a small marrow) and weighs 760 g.


What Happens at 26 Weeks?

You might start to notice that you leak small amounts of urine when you cough or sneeze due to the relaxation of the muscles surrounding the pelvis.


If your swelling has gotten much worse, it might be due to a condition called pre-eclampsia. This is characterised by high blood pressure, headaches, blurry vision, and the presence of proteins in your urine. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, speak to your midwife or GP.


What Symptoms Will You Have at 26 Weeks?

Your symptoms will continue on from week 25, including:

  • Backache
  • Constipation
  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Piles
  • Swollen and bleeding gums
  • Swollen hands and feet
  • Tiredness