You are now 26 weeks pregnant (or in your 27th week if that’s how you prefer to count it).
How your baby’s growing
Your baby may measure about 36cm/15in long with feet extended. If you could see your baby now, you might be able to get a glimpse of his baby blue (or brown, green, hazel) eyes, which are now beginning to open. Response to sound grows more consistent toward the end of the seventh month, when the nerve pathways to the ears are complete. Read more information on your baby’s development this week.
How your life’s changing
You’re nearing the home stretch — the third trimester. Before you know it, you’ll be cradling your baby in your arms. Around this time, you may see a slight increase in your blood pressure, which is normal. But if your weight suddenly shoots up, or your vision blurs, and your hands and feet swell dramatically, you may have pre-eclampsia. Call your doctor or midwife immediately if you notice any of these symptoms. Check out the other symptoms you should never ignore.
If you have a swab to check for a vaginal infection during pregnancy such as yeast infection, the results may come back positive for group B streptococcus (GBS) too. This is a common infection which lots of women have without knowing about it and without it causing any harm, but it can be dangerous for newborns — find out why.
Has your partner organized his parental or paternity leave? Ask what arrangements his company has in place and learn about what he’s eligible for through Employment Insurance (EI).
Pregnancy Tip: Enjoy a Scented Soak
“To help yourself relax, immerse your feet in a basin filled with warm water. Add a few drops of scented oil and enjoy.” — Anonymous