26 Weeks Pregnant

By (embryologist) and (fertility counselor).
Last Update: 11/25/2014

During this period is common that you feel like urinating often, but then not urinating much. This is due to the fact that the size of the baby has increased and so has the size of the uterus, thus pressing the bladder. You may get confused about this pressure and think that you need to go the toilet. You should not hold it and go to the bathroom every time you feel like urinating.

Provided below is an index with the 4 points we are going to expand on in this article.

Increase in blood pressure

Once week 24 has passed, it’s common that blood pressure increases until it reaches the values you had before pregnancy.

Blood pressure in women must be controlled, especially during the last trimester, since pre-eclampsia may take place. It’s an illness that has an incidence of less than 10% in pregnant women, but if any doubt arises, the doctor must be consulted.

Common discomforts

It’s common that you feel some annoyances since the fetus is every time bigger, weighs more and your body notices it.

Ankles and legs become swollen, especially in summer. Drinking a lot of water and practising moderate exercise may help relieve these symptoms.

Fetal changes

During week 26 the skin of your child, which until now was transparent and as thin as paper will become thicker and opaque.

Furthermore, during this week he’ll begin to pull faces and gestures and even practice the suckling movement, to later on be able to suck his thumb.

The iris of the eye will acquire color. The pigmentation takes place thanks to some cells named melanocytes, which produce melanin, the pigment responsible for the color of the skin, hair and iris in humans.

At the end of this week you child will approximately be 32 cm long and weigh around 810 grams. If the weight of your child is located between 560 and 1,160 grams you must not worry since they are also considered normal values.

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 Neus Ferrando Gilabert
Neus Ferrando Gilabert
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Valencia (UV). Postgraduate Course in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH). Experience managing Embryology and Andrology Labs at Centro Médico Manzanera (Logroño, Spain). More information about Neus Ferrando Gilabert
Adapted into english by:
 Sandra Fernández
Sandra Fernández
B.A., M.A.
Fertility Counselor
Bachelor of Arts in Translation and Interpreting (English, Spanish, Catalan, German) from the University of Valencia (UV) and Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus (Edinburgh, UK). Postgraduate Course in Legal Translation from the University of Valencia. Specialist in Medical Translation, with several years of experience in the field of Assisted Reproduction. More information about Sandra Fernández

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