Every Thursday I send an email with three quick tips to brighten your day and help you and your family lead a more natural life. Want to get it?
Subscribe now for natural pregnancy updates based on your due date!
A primal mama instinct that you may be feeling this week. Plus, some natural remedies for pregnancy insomnia. (Score!)
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.
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.
Don’t forget to come back to claim your bonuses!
You're constantly on the move, buzzing around all day getting things done. So you’d think by bedtime, you’d sleep like a baby. (BTW, if you want a refresher on how to sleep safely while pregnant, check it here.)
But, not so fast. You toss. You turn. You add even more pillows. And instead of sleeping, you find yourself staring at the ceiling or counting sheep.
Truth is, you’re bigger than before, and getting comfortable just isn’t as easy. You can also thank all of your surging hormones, which can mess with sleep cycles.
But know that there are some natural remedies and lifestyle changes (don’t worry, they aren’t too drastic) that can help you sleep better and deeper—and remedy your pregnancy insomnia.
Click here to see natural remedies for pregnancy insomnia.
Check out these hot topics for your 26h week of pregnancy!