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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 26

How big is your baby?
Your growing baby now measures around 14.02 inches (35.6cm) and weighs about  1.68 pounds (760g).
How big are you?
Your uterus is about 2.36 inches (6cm) above your bellybutton or about 10.23 inches (26cm) from your pubic symphysis. In the second half of your pregnancy you will be growing nearly 0.39inches (1cm) each week and if you have been following a balanced, nutritious meal plan you would have put on a total of between 16 and 22 pounds (7.2 and 9.9kg).
How is your baby developing and growing
Your baby now has some sort of sleeping pattern. You may find that at certain times of the day he/she is more active than other times. All his/her five senses will now be fully developed.
You should by now have also heard your baby's heartbeat on several visits to your healthcare provider and hearing your baby's heart beating strong is always reassuring but you may be concerned if you hear a skipped beat. This is not unusual and is called an arrhythmia. An arrhythmia may occur as the heart is growing and developing but will disappear as it matures.
If arrhythmia is detected before labor you may require fetal heart-monitoring during labor, but if it is only detected whilst in labor it may be advisable to have a paediatrician present at the time of delivery to make sure the baby is fine or if a problem may occur, to treat straight away.
Changes in you
As your uterus, placenta and baby get bigger, so do you. Back pain, headaches, leg cramps and pressure in your pelvis may be becoming more frequent now. You can find solutions to some common second trimester complications that may make some of these discomforts a little easier to endure.
Your nutrition
Eating fish is particularly good for you during pregnancy. It has been proven that women who ate a variety of fish during pregnancy carried for longer, resulting in a healthier birth weight of their baby. It has also been studied that eating fish reduces the risk of premature labor due to the omega-3 fatty acids that cause a hormonal response to protect you from pre-term labor.

Your body
Your uterus provides a safe haven for your baby before birth. But what about after delivery? Your baby will be moving about your home in what seems like no time at all. Take the time now to safeguard your home by babyproofing.
Covering electrical outlets, removing choking hazards, installing smoke alarms, and blocking off staircases are just some of the steps to ensuring your child's safety. Take every precaution you can think of, but remember: No amount of babyproofing can substitute for careful supervision of your child.

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