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.
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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.
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.
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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