Some women find that the second trimester of their pregnancy is the most fun: your libido may be back and more powerful than ever, your energy level may be higher, and your nesting urges are increasing.
It’s time to say “yes" to anyone you love who wants to host a baby shower for you. Pick a date, and start planning to set up your registry. Every mom needs a checklist of essentials as well as some items for nurturing herself once the baby comes. Enjoy this process as much as you can: you deserve to be celebrated and surrounded by as much love as possible. You’re creating a child, and it’s pretty amazing.
Your Body at Week 26 Pregnant
Aches and Pains
Many women find that backaches (link) continue to be a problem. Your back hurts because relaxin, the hormone produced by the placenta and the ovaries, softens the ligaments in your back; at the same time, your growing baby is changing the way your weight is distributed. This may be a time for really comfortable shoes.
Constipation and heartburn? You may never have had them before, but you may be having them now. Your best bet is to stay hydrated, eat fiber and eat slowly. Also, no matter how tired you are, try not to lie down too soon after meals.
It is a good time to start doing kick counts. Your baby will be moving all throughout the day with sleep cycles occurring every 20 to 40 minutes. You will, however, not feel the majority of his movements. Sensation of movement is dependent on the baby's position, the position of the placenta and your activity level. If you don’t feel movement for two hours, or if there is a dramatic decrease in movement, call your health care provider immediately.
Your Baby at 26 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is now about 14 inches (36 cm) in size, about the length of a cucumber, and weighs about one 3/4 lbs. (800g). He’s able to hear your voice. Surfactant is starting to be made in significant quantities and is a very important substance needed for the lungs to function.
The preceding information was adapted from The Pregnancy Companion.