26th Week Pregnancy - Symptoms, Baby Development, Tips And Body Changes

26th week pregnancy

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You are getting there at super speed Mommy. All your uneasiness, pains and troubles are being condensed into a little bundle of joy who will land in your arms soon enough.

Do not ponder over labor pains, delivery dilemmas and horror stories you have heard of pregnancy or childbirth; instead think about your baby and how best you can love him or her. True are the words of Frank Clark who said, “A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.”

Changes In Your Body During 26th Week Of Pregnancy:

As your baby relaxes and stretches her limbs inside your womb, you may feel pain underneath your ribs. The foot of your baby may actually get lodged in your ribs. Your body is able to stretch a lot during pregnancy, but there are certain limits. Your body cannot be matched by enthusiasm for growth and bubbly spirit of the growing baby inside your body.

Your uterus is now somewhere around 2 ½ inches above your navel. You have no difficulty in measuring the fundal heig

ht anymore. You may notice a difference of ½ inch every week from now on. Be ready for your belly button showing through your clothes, especially if you are wearing some tight fitting ones.

a. Averages And Stats:

Now that you are nearing the beginning of third trimester of your pregnancy, the thumb rule is not to get hyper over the averages.

  • Averages and statistics are meant to provide you with an idea of what to expect.
  • Remember every woman and her body is unique which changes in its own way.
  • In the same way, baby growth, activity, and development will take place in its own unique way as well.
  • If you start worrying about averages, you may never stop.

b. Braxton Hicks:

You will notice that the subtle Braxton Hicks frequently increases.

The contractions will feel something like the menstrual cramps you experience during your periods.

c. Preeclampsia:

Your health care provider may bring to your notice a slight increase in your blood pressure which is normal after week 24. Unfortunately, it could also be a sign of preeclampsia.

  • Watch out for preeclampsia – A serious condition that affects about 5 percent of pregnant women.
  • It usually starts after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Signs of preeclampsia are high blood pressure, protein in the urine, liver or kidney abnormalities, persistent headaches, or vision changes.
  • Though preeclampsia occurs late in the pregnancy (often in the last 3-4 weeks of pregnancy), keep an eye on your blood pressure and weight gain to be on the safer side.
  • Preeclampsia can be life threatening in some cases if left untreated.
  • Your doctor may recommend early delivery for you, if the symptoms of preeclampsia is severe and poses health risk for you or your baby.

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d. Sciatica:

If you wake up one fine morning and find a excruciating pain in your rear which prevents you from doing normal everyday chores; do not hesitate even for a moment to blame your sciatica for it.

  • The weight of your uterus can get your nerves (pun intended) at times. Your uterus, or precisely your baby’s head, may press against the sciatic nerve, causing severe pain in your lower back, buttocks and legs. This is known as pregnancy related sciatica which is another troublesome feature of your pregnancy.
  • The sciatic nerves run down your spine and into the pelvis and upper leg area; hence it may cause shooting pain in any of those areas when pressed down by your uterus.
  • Sciatica often affects either the right or left side of your body.

Symptoms of pregnancy related sciatica include:

  • Numbness and/or pain in your buttocks.
  • Shooting pain in lower back, back of thighs and legs.
  • Difficulty in bending down.
  • Heightening of pain when you are in sit for long period of time.
  • Burning and tingling sensation running down your leg.
  • Difficulty in standing up.
  • In severe conditions, it may extend up to your feet and toes as well.

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Tips to control sciatica during pregnancy:

  • Gentle massage to the aching spot helps.
  • Exercising regularly prevents sciatic pain.
  • Soothing wet heats accompanied by ice packs comforts you a great deal.
  • Overeating can add to the discomfort of sciatica. Eat smaller portions and follow a healthy diet.
  • Do not sit for long time.
  • Watch your posture, especially when you are at computer.
  • Wear flat and comfortable shoes.
  • You love your soft bed, but it does not help your sciatica. Sleeping on a firm bed or even the floor, on your side, will bring down the discomfort of sciatica.

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