How does the baby grow?
In this week, the network of nerves in the baby’s ears has grown and is more sensitive than before. Now the baby can hear both moms’ and dads’ voices. The baby inhales and exhales a small amount of amniotic fluid, which is essential for lung development. These breathing movements are also good practices to prepare the baby for birth and take the first breath of air.
The baby also continues to put fat into the body. The baby now weighs about 450 grams and is 35cm long from head to heel. If the baby is a boy, his testicles will soon go into the scrotum, which takes about 2-3 months.
Changes occurring in the mother’s body during the 26th week of pregnancy
At this time, moms’ blood pressure may increase slightly, although it may still be lower than before moms become pregnant. Usually, blood pressure drops from the end of the first trimester and tends to be lowest at around 22 to 24 weeks.
In addition, the growing uterus is a reason for the slight pain in the lumbar region. Besides, the increased weight makes the muscles work harder and increases the pressure on the joints, which is why moms feel worse at the end of the day. Walking, standing, or sitting for a long time, as well as bending and lifting, can all put pressure on moms’ back.
A warm bath or a hot compress may help moms feel better. (However, some women find it more comfortable to use a cool compress.) Try to maintain a comfortable position, avoid activities of bending and twisting, and relax more when sitting or standing, sleeping on one side.