Your Body – Week 26

Your 26 weeks pregnant symptoms are mainly full of discomforts— as your body grows to accommodate your baby and prepare for childbirth. This is perfectly normal.

So, what do you notice this week?

  • You may feel swollen, but it’s normal to have some mild swelling this week. But watch out for swelling that is severe or sudden (a sign of pre-eclampsia) and consult your doctor immediately.
  • You may lose out on sleep. The growing belly and your apprehension may worsen the situation. So, stay positive always.
  • Headaches due to hormone fluctuations, stress, hunger or dehydration are Eat right and keep a glass of water by your side for regular sipping
  • A slight rise blood pressure is normal this week. If there is a systolic reading greater than 140 mm Hg or diastolic reading greater than 90 mm Hg— it could be a sign of pre-eclampsia.
  • You may feel light headed and forgetful, you have the “pregnancy brain”. This is perfectly normal. Rest and see to it that you get some mini naps throughout the day.
  • You may feel your belly growing larger. Now on it will grow about 0.5 inches every week in the third trimester.
  • The uterus continues to stretch out. This weakens your abdominal muscles and presses on certain nerves and ligaments, increasing the existing lower back and hip pain

 

Continue charting your progress. If you feel any sudden and prolonged pain, bloody/greenish discharge – please contact your doctor. Your pregnancy is almost ending its second trimester and you’re almost there to finish it and welcome your baby. Hang on!

Common symptoms this week:

  • Frequent urination
  • Braxton-Hicks contractions
  • Sleep issues
  • Back pain
  • Headaches

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