26 Weeks Pregnant

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Pregnancy can be an exciting time, and no doubt you enjoy knowing what is happening with your baby as you go through the various stages of your pregnancy. Of course you'll also want to be tuned in to what is happening to your body as well. Now that you are 26 weeks pregnant, there are many things going on with both you and your baby.

When you are 26 weeks pregnant, you are actually in the last week of the second trimester of pregnancy. Now your baby is just over 9 inches long and is probably blinking and opening and shutting his eyes. Right now the weight of your baby is somewhere around two pounds, and more than likely he is making himself known with kicking and movements from time to time.

When you are 26 weeks pregnant you are no doubt starting to show quite prominently and your uterus is continuing to grow. Even though you've already gained a good bit of weight, now you'll probably keep gaining about a pound or so each week until you deliver. Many women start to experience Braxton Hicks contractions at this stage of their pregnancy. They feel a bit like cramps you get during your period, and basically they are working to tone and prepare your uterus for your baby's delivery.

Sleep is going to be very important once you are 26 weeks pregnant. Pregnancy takes a toll on your body, so you need to make sure that you get plenty of rest. However, with constant trips to the bathroom and difficulty finding the right position, it may be difficult for you to sleep. You may want to consider getting a special pregnancy pillow to help you get more comfortable at night. They are easily affordable and can help you get the quality rest you need.

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