Baby at 26 Weeks Pregnant 🚼
Baby Natural is coming up on 2 pounds now, which is to say, she weighs about as much as a pineapple. Sweet! And at 14 inches from crown to foot, she’s just about as tall as a pineapple too (including the leaves at the top).
The big news this week is that baby is “breathing" now—inhaling and exhaling your amniotic fluid—which is great practice for that first miraculous gulp of actual air.
Another cool piece of news is that if baby were born right now, he’d have a very good chance of surviving with plenty of neonatal care. But we’re not going to dwell on any outcome like that. Full term, baby! Full term.
Finally, baby probably recognizes your voice by now and can be comforted or excited by it (which can be detected by baby’s heart rate).
This may sound crazy, but now’s the time to start talking to your baby in utero. Sing to them, laugh for them, and let them know that mama loves 'em.
You at 26 Weeks Pregnant 🚺
Are you feeling the “nesting” urge yet? Nesting is a primal instinct to create a safe and clean environment for your baby. (Think of mama and papa birds preparing a snug nest for baby.)
You may find yourself washing every ounce of clothing your baby will wear, including 6-month sizes and up. Or cleaning out closets, scrubbing toilets, or going to Goodwill half a dozen times. Embrace this energy, but try not to go overboard. Instead, focus on the essentials to prepare for baby.
Muscle cramping can be common with mamas around week 26. If that’s the case for you, try adding a little more potassium to your diet.
Coconut water is super high in potassium, and bananas are a great source as well. Foods like these can provide more nutrients that can help prevent and relieve muscle cramps.