Your Pregnancy: Week 26

Pregnancy week by week: You are 26 weeks pregnant


 

Your Body

Omega-3 essential fatty acids reduce your risk of postpartum depression, improve your memory and help build baby’s rapidly developing brain, especially in the third trimester. So where do you find them? These polyunsaturated fats — healthy fats — are one of four kinds of fats that your body derives from foods like fish, the richest source of omega-3s. Fish can contain harmful toxins like mercury and PCBs. However, you can safely eat ocean perch, sole, halibut, wild salmon, haddock, cod, sea bass, trout, flounder and pollock while pregnant. Consumption of canned albacore tuna should be restricted to six ounces or less weekly and canned light tuna, shellfish, smaller ocean, farm-raised or store-bought freshwater fish to 12 ounces. Fish to avoid during pregnancy include shark, fresh tuna, swordfish, king mackerel or tile fish.

Swelling and raised blood pressure are the norm in pregnancy but be aware they are also warning signs of a serious disorder and pregnancy complication, pre-eclampsia (also referred to as pregnancy-induced hypertension or toxemia), after week 20. Severe swelling in the face, hands and ankles, sudden excessive weight gain, headaches and protein in the urine are symptomatic of this incurable, but manageable, condition, which affects five percent of moms. It reduces blood flow to you and your baby so contact your doctor right away if you start exhibiting symptoms.

Pelvic rocking exercises are an easy and simple way to reduce back pain and make your abdominal and lower back muscles stronger. Try this simple technique: stand against a wall with your knees slightly bent, hip distance apart. Press the small of your back against the wall as you inhale. Exhale as you release the position. Repeat this 10 to 15 times. You can also do this exercise lying on the floor.

Baby’s World

Measured from head to bottom, she’s 23 cm. (9.1. in.) and weighs 0.91 kg. (2 lb.); she’s about the size of a zucchini. She’s practicing a new skill, opening and closing her eyes when she wakes and sleeps. Her peepers, regardless of her race, are probably blue and remain that shade until some time after she is born. Her immune system is absorbing mom’s antibodies and gearing up for life in the outside world with rapid speed. Brain development and activity is ramping up, fine-tuning her hearing and sight.

Fun Fact

By the end of the third trimester your uterus will hold nearly one litre of amniotic fluid.

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