Pregnant week 26 | Fetal sensation develops

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    Pregnant week 26 | Fetal sensation develops

    Verified by

    Maria Midstam

    Midwife

    In this article, you will be able to read about everything related to being 26 weeks pregnant. Here you will find information on the development of the baby, how the mother's body is changing and the tips you may need along the way. In week 26 of pregnancy, the fetus is the size of a cucumber.

    Baby: fetus now weighs 800 grams

    The baby in the belly is now about 35 centimeters and weighs around 850 grams.

    Development

    The sense of touch is developing and the baby can now respond to touch. Motor skills are also developing and the fetus is practicing clenching its hands, grasping its feet and sucking its thumb.

    The fetus is preparing for life outside the womb and this week the nostrils, which were previously more obstructed, begin to open up.

    Short-term memory also develops, which means that the baby begins to recognize outside voices much more clearly. Therefore, you can talk to and sing to your baby, who will hear and remember your voice, which is also soothing for the baby after birth.

    Mother: 26 weeks pregnant

    Are you experiencing pain in your pelvic area? This could be a sign of pelvic pain, or pelvic pain as it is called in medical language. Pelvic pain is caused by the joints that normally help hold your pelvis in place becoming more mobile. This is due to the hormone relaxin that is released in your body during pregnancy.

    Pelvic floor pain

    Improving joint mobility is a natural part of preparing for childbirth. If you are experiencing pelvic pain, the first thing to do is to call a physiotherapist to get the right help. Choose someone who is used to working with pregnant women.

    As your stomach gets bigger and you carry more weight, it is easy to change your posture and sway more, which can increase discomfort or pain in your pelvis and back. You can strengthen your joints and reduce pain on your own by strengthening your gluteal and lumbar muscles, and by adjusting your posture so you don't sway more than usual. It is also good to do pelvic floor exercises together with pelvic floor exercises and pelvic floor relaxation. If you have the opportunity to do squats daily during pregnancy, it is incredibly good for your pelvic floor! Do them half-sitting/lying or standing on all fours like a dog, then you do not increase the load on the pelvis when you do your exercises, which is gentle on your body.

    Here you can read about week 25.

    Here you can read about week 27.

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