Your Pregnancy at Week 26by Your Baby Club
Your baby's eyes are open!
your baby this week:
Baby has grown another inch and piled on over 200g in weight - it's growing fast now! This week's big baby milestone is that their eyes will now be open! With the retina now being fully developed, your little one can now see the limited world around them in your uterus, but this will make the big wide world they are soon to enter more interesting for them.
One thing you may notice once your baby is born, is that their eye colour may change, this is perfectly normal, and any changes will normally have occurred by the six-month mark. What may not help however, is that your baby is in the process of learning various movements they will need when they enter the world, for example pedaling (which will eventually evolve into walking) and stretching, which will make sleeping more difficult, sorry mumma!
It is not known exactly why pregnant women are more prone to leg cramps, but you may find yourself suffering with this unpleasant muscle contraction - especially during the night. Try getting your partner to flex your foot back towards you to relax the muscles. Gentle leg and ankle rotations before bed may also help.
Unfortunately, at this stage of the pregnancy you may notice an increase in insomnia, which is the last thing you'll need! Some things you can try to tackle this include daytime exercise/fresh air, as well as limiting liquids before you go to sleep.
Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife
Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.
your tips & to do's:
Have you picked a name yet? Picking a name can be quite a challenge, especially if you and your partner have different ideas about what makes the perfect name. If you need more inspiration, revisit your favorite movies and books, or do a little family history. Just remember to keep your little one’s initials in mind. Polly Olive Oleander is a great name, but her initials are poo.
At this point in your pregnancy, you'll know your baby's gender if you wanted to know. When born, if your little one comes with a dinglehopper, you'll be able to choose - or not choose - to circumcise in the first days after birth, before you leave the hospital. If your little man has any birth complications or health issues, his circumcision will likely be postponed. The procedure itself doesn't take long, but someone will need to care for and dress the wound as it heals (about two weeks).
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) state, "current evidence indicates that the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks." Some parents-to-be have cultural or religious guidelines regarding circumcision, which will help or guide their decision. If you are not one to follow tradition, or if you have no tradition, a little bit of research can help you write out a list of the pros, versus the cons, of circumcision.
If you don't have a male partner, ask a male friend for their opinion.
This might sound looney toons, but you might try asking your dad and/or brother how they feel about circumcision. You might be surprised and enlightened by what a dinglehopper-carrying individual has to say about circumcision. You should also keep in mind that many insurance companies see circumcision as a cosmetic procedure. This means you'll be responsible for the financial cost, out-of-pocket.
Another subject worth consideration before your baby arrives is... vaccinations. (Yass!) Routine vaccinations are given to prevent what were, once upon a time, common childhood illnesses and diseases, some of which caused death. However, there are also arguments against vaccines and implications of problems caused by the vaccines themselves. For parents who are concerned and unsure, do your research. Talk to parents on both sides of this topic. Ask your midwife or doctor every question of which you can think. You can even request an alternative vaccination schedule, if it's offered by your pediatrician, selecting to delay specific vaccines or opt out of certain ones altogether. It is important to talk to your pediatrician, and not just your midwife or OBGYN, about the options, risks, and benefits involved.
Learning about your options before your baby is born will help you feel prepared, when the time comes. Make sure you include your partner along the way. And don't forget to take a side profile pregnancy picture this week!
The ups and downs of pregnancy are exhausting, but once you hold that little baby and stare into those perfect, trusting eyes, it will all be entirely worth it. Below is a list of symptoms you might experience this week.
- Swelling, or edema, in your ankles and/or feet
- Stretch marks and/or unwanted hair growth
- Thicker hair
- Stronger nails
- Braxton Hicks
- Tingling, numbness, or pain in your hands and wrists
- Bleeding and/or swollen gums
- Interrupted sleep
- Backaches and/or leg cramps
- Crazy dreams
- Fetal activity
- Fetal hiccups
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