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26 Weeks Pregnant: What's Going On

Pregnancy week 26

Your baby's nostrils are starting to open up, which means that your baby can start taking some practice breaths — with amniotic fluid instead of air. Get more details on pregnancy week 26.

Your Baby at 26 Weeks Pregnant

Practice breaths. This week, your baby's nostrils are starting to open up, which gives him the chance to practice breathing using his muscles and lungs. There's no air to take in, of course, so instead he "inhales" and "exhales" amniotic fluid.

 

Sucker punch. Your baby's sucking reflex is so strong that if his hand floats by his face, he'll suck on his thumb or fingers. Ultrasounds often show babies in utero sucking their thumbs.

 

Up for grabs. If you hold out your finger to a newborn, you'll be amazed by the strength of his grip. Your baby is practicing his killer clutch right now. His favorite pull toy is his umbilical cord, but don't worry: The cord can take it! 

Measuring up. Your baby is about 13 inches long and weighs around 1.75 pounds.

Your Pregnancy at 26 Weeks

Snack attack. Remember, your baby is eating off your plate, so you need to continue to pay attention to what you eat and how often you eat. You also need to eat right for your own well-being; low blood sugar can make you dizzy, shaky, and tired. Small, frequent meals will help keep your blood sugar even. When you're out and about, carry small, portable snacks like fruit or yogurt so you don't get stuck somewhere without something nutritious to munch on. 

Some like it hot. Many women wonder if they should stay away from spicy food when they're pregnant. There is no simple answer to this question. If you like spicy food and tolerate it well, by all means continue to eat it. However, trying food you're not accustomed to can cause an upset stomach, whether you're pregnant or not, so proceed with caution when it comes to adventurous cuisine.

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