26 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week
Your womb is now much higher than your navel. If you feel that your uterus occasionally stiffens and then relaxes, do not get too excited, because those are probably “Braxton-Hicks contractions,” the false contractions.
Their appearance is not a cause for panic. They are usually painless, or alike mild menstrual pains, and they rarely come at irregular intervals. They represent the preparation of the body for delivery, and usually, the women that carry twins feel them more often. If you have more than four contractions per hour, contact your doctor immediately.
Blood vessels in the lungs began to develop during the previous week, and only pulmonary tissue starts to grow this week. The baby is inhaling and exhaling a certain amount of amniotic fluid which is essential for the lung development. The lungs begin to light up a “surfactant,” a mixture that covers the inside of the pulmonary tissue and allows the lung to spread during breathing. The previously developed subcutaneous fat tissue will be included in the temperature regulation after birth.
Moreover, reflexes such as sucking and swallowing are improving.
If you have a boy, his testicles will soon begin to descend into his scrotum.
The length of the baby is about 13.5 inches, and it weighs almost two pounds.
Tip for this week
The World Health Organization recommends that all women who are in a good health condition need to breastfeed their children. Breast milk is the best possible food for your baby. It has all nutritious ingredients that a child might need. It also contains antibodies or immunoglobulin, large cells that are used by your immune system to neutralize pathogens. They will give your baby protection against infection. Breastfeeding is also healthy for you because you will lose weight faster. Moreover, it is easier to prepare your breast for feeding, that bottles and all equipment included.
Remember, your milk is the healthiest food for your baby. Every other kind of milk is similar to your’s, but not the same – they do not have antibodies that will protect your baby from the serious and dangerous infection in the first months. Only if you can not breastfeed, ask your pediatrician for the advice on which baby foods he recommends for your child.
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