You are now 25 weeks pregnant (or in your 26th week if that’s how you prefer to count it).
How your baby’s growing
Your baby’s beginning to make some breathing movements, though there’s no air in her lungs as yet. But her senses are developing fast. At 26 weeks, fetal brain scans show that babies respond to touch and if you shine a light on your abdomen, your baby will turn her head, which researchers say shows that the optic nerve is functioning.
How your life’s changing
Sleep may not feel that restful any more if you’re having vivid or scary dreams. These are normal because when you sleep, your subconscious becomes the stage for any worries about pregnancy and impending motherhood. Your growing belly may also make it hard to get into a comfortable position. It’s recommended that you get into the habit of sleeping on your side rather than your back — follow our tips for using pillows to get more comfortable.
Many pregnant women worry about whether they will be able to birth their babies vaginally — a perfectly natural concern, particularly if it is your first. Take heart, there are some excellent positions for labour you can try which not only help your cervix to dilate during contractions but will also encourage the baby to move down the birth canal when the time comes. Using these positions along with established childbirth techniques such as breathing, massage and natural pain relief will increase your chances of a normal delivery.