Fetal Development At 26 Weeks

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on January 17, 2012

With fetal development of 26 weeks the second trimester ends and you are closer to the end of the wait for the birth of your child. By now your baby has developed quite a bit and his/her movements are very prominent as the tiny hands and legs become active. The muscle coordination is improving as the baby tries to put his/her thumb into his/her mouth. At fetal development week 26, your baby is about 14 inches long and weighs about two pounds. The baby measures 35.5 cm long and weighs about 760 grams. There are new fetal developments during this week.


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Week By Week Fetal Development

The baby’s eyelids begin to blink but the eyes are still shut so that the retina can grow. There is increased brain activity for hearing and sight. The eyes continue to develop with eye color forming, depending on your ethnic background.

The eyelashes are growing, just as the hair on their head grows. The eye color may even change after birth for the first few months.

The baby becomes more sensitive to touch and light, for you can see the baby turning toward light if you shine a light on the abdomen. Taste buds develop during the twenty sixth week when their sucking and swallowing actions improve. The bronchial tract and the lungs develop and the brain is developing further with grooves and valleys replacing the smooth brain. Fetal development during the twenty sixth week show great progress with major developments taking place. The baby is adding fat on the body and the skin is quite thin with the veins being visible. The baby takes more space than before and is still growing. Do not worry as the uterus expands to give enough space for the baby.

Fetal development week in 26 will make you experience Braxton Hicks contractions at intermittent intervals, which are painless and the body’s way of preparing for childbirth. With the growing belly you might have discomfort and strain in your back, for which you can perform pelvic rocks by standing against the wall with the knees slightly bent. Inhale and press your back to the wall and exhale and relax. Sometimes you might have difficulty in expanding your rib cage when you inhale.You could also have cramps in the legs. Ensure to stretch your legs well and eat nutritious food. With fluctuating hormone levels you could experience headaches. Take mild medication but if the headaches is severe, it is best to consult your doctor.

A hot bath and moderate intensity walks will go a long way in easing these discomforts.

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