Week 26 of Pregnancy – Thinking of Baby Names
Description: The reality that I am having a baby is slowly starting to sink in. Now that I am nearing the end of my first trimester, I’m finally preparing to deliver my baby and welcome him into our family.
It’s only two weeks before the second trimester ends – and I have yet to settle on a baby name. I have half a mind to make a list and start reciting it to him once he is born. If he smiles atone of them, that will be his name.
I still haven’t met my son yet, but he is already taking over a good part of my life. My sleep in particular – and I know for certain he’ll be doing that after he’s born as well.
They say that parents have nine months to get ready for their baby – and I just realized that they don’t mean painting the nursery walls or buying car seats. They mean mentally preparing you to make the baby the center of your attention. He’s not even out in the world yet, and he’s alreadyletting me practice.
Stress, sleepless nights – but there are also good things about this week. Here’s what my week 26 pregnancy guide looks like.
My Baby at 26 Weeks Pregnant
At 26 weeks pregnant, my baby looks just as big as a head of kale. He’s 14 inches now, and weighs about 1.7 pounds – which, if I were to judge by my back pain, I can confirm. He’s continuing to add layers of baby fat, meaning that he’s only beginning to “fatten up.”
His testicles are slowly taking a trip down to his scrotum – but this can take two, even three months. He’s breathing movements are also getting better – and while he is still “breathing” amniotic fluid, he’ll soon be ready to take on the “real-world” air.
He’s also getting his immune system in check now. By soaking up my antibodies, he’s getting ready to survive on his own, taking all the nourishment that he needs from me. This is why I try my best to take care of myself at this time – so that my baby can also grow healthy.
He can also open his eyelids now. He’ll be opening and shutting them from now on – getting ready for the blinking movement. He may look like he’s fully-formed – but he still has some development to do. The brain and the lungs need some fine-tuning, and he has a few more inchesto grow.
Mommy at 26 Weeks Pregnant
I am officially five months and six weeks pregnant – which means that I’m nearing my sixth month. I have no clue how all this time just passed. All I know is that in two weeks I’ll already be entering my third trimester.
My week 26 belly size is impressive. By now, I have gained around 20 pounds – and the top of the uterus is just about 2.5 inches over my belly button. My belly grew half an inch since last week – and from what I hear, it will keep growing this way until I reach the end of my term.
I’ve set a fair number of reminders for this week. I’m touring maternity wards – because I want my baby to be born in the best conditions. I still need to pre-register at a hospital, since I didn’t have the chance to do that last week. The last thing I want is to fill out check-in forms when I’m going through labor.
I’m also communicating with my baby as much as I can, since I know that he can hear me now. Plus, I’m taking advantage of the fact that he can’t talk back at me yet; he’ll have all the time in the world to do that once he is born.
Considering the fact that I only have one trimester left of my pregnancy, I’m trying to spend as much time with my partner as I can. I’ll be able to do it once the baby is born as well – but it won’t be just the two of us anymore. Not until our baby goes to college – or becomes a teenager. But at that point, we’ll be so stressed about their well-being that we probably won’t be focused as much on our couple life.
As for the week 26 symptoms, they are only slightly uncomfortable – but as the baby is growing, I’m certain they will become even more so. Here’s what I have been dealing with:
- Trouble Sleeping: Stress and, well, stress. I’m stressing about delivery, and I’m stressing about the position I’m sleeping in. Add those together, and you have a sleepless night.
- Headaches: I’m pretty certain that this is great practice for when the baby is born. From what I’ve been told, however, these are caused either by stress or hormonal fluctuations. I try to keep myself hydrated and stick to my regular meals so that the symptoms go away.
- Pregnancy Brain: I’ve looked it up, this is actually a thing. I’ve been forgetting more and more things lately – and from what I have heard, this is either caused by hormonal fluctuations or simply because I have many things on my mind right now.
- Swelling: “I feel puffyyy! Oh so puffyyy!” Well, I have already gotten used to the swelling, so I’m not too worried. Watch out for sudden or severe swelling, though. In extreme cases, it could be a sign of preeclampsia.
- Braxton Hicks Contractions: I have moments when my belly feels really tight – which I know is a contraction. I lost count how many freak-outs I had because of them – but they are normal around this time. My body is getting ready for delivery, practicing, and these contractions generally pass once I change positions.
You know how you feel after you get home from a long day at work? Well, this is what it feels like to be pregnant in your 26th week.
Aside from some slight discomfort, this was a fairly good week. Yes, I’m becoming more of a bird brain and my head is sometimes killing me – but these hicks are manageable.
I can’t help but compare this to what I went through in my first trimester. How I feel right now is actually pure bliss.
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