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By this week, your baby's crown-to-rump length is approximately 9.2 inches. Remember, that is only from the top of his head to his bottom and does not include his leg measurements! Your baby weighs almost 2 pounds and is beginning to put on weight. Your uterus is about 2.5 inches above your bellybutton and you will continue to grow approximately 1 cm each week. If you have been eating a well-balanced diet, you probably have gained about 16-22 pounds so far. Because your baby has moved further up, you may get occasional pain underneath your ribs.



After a month of having his eyelids sealed shut, your baby begins to open his eyes again this week. Your baby's eyes are almost completely developed. Your baby's eyes are blue in the womb and may change colors later in life. This is true for all races because the pupils do not have their final color until a few months after birth. However, some babies are born with darker or lighter shades of blue. Your growing baby will continue to put on layers of fat until he is born. He is still lean at this point of the pregnancy though. By the time your baby is born, he will assume the typical newborn's plumpness. Your baby's skin will still be wrinkled and red, but the fat continues to fill the skin out.

Finger and toe nails continue to grow.

Blood vessels start to develop in the lungs to prepare the baby for life outside the uterus.

Your baby's blood circulation is completely functional. The umbilical cord system continues to grow and thicken as blood travels with considerable force through the body to nurture the baby. The placenta is now almost equal in size to the baby.

Even though it is still way too soon for your baby to be born yet, the chance of survival without severe abnormalities is now 70% provided it is born in a hospital.



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lissie**** - 72 days ago
Oh no you are right!

Juliemom24 - 74 days ago
I just realized this week that I need to have all my Christmas shopping done way before Christmas or it's not happening... or it's going to be ALL online. haha. I'm so excited for this Christmas baby (who better come wayyyyyy before Christmas).

lissie**** - 75 days ago
I have a little heart burn too. Not horrible but I have it.

Juliemom24 - 77 days ago
I'm also getting large... we had family pictures with my husband's fam and I looked so yucky in them:( I hate that I have to gain weight on my face/anywhere other than my belly where the baby is. I guess it keeps me humble (or cranky). I haven't felt any Braxton Hicks yet but I've started getting heartburn already. Yuck.

lissie**** - 78 days ago
I was thinking I'm 26 weeks too but I guess today I'm now 27. I'm getting a very large and round tummy. It's hard to breath and BH have been happening for weeks now

Juliemom24 - 79 days ago
Yay, it feels so good to be 26 weeks.

2XMommy2B - 80 days ago
Happy 26 weeks to all!

jojo - 113 days ago
Ah hun talking about pram suits you should see the one in the new Next book.. most white with a bunny hood.. ohh so cute haha I started out like you twinny but I've bought loads alot more than I thought haha I can't help it esp in all the sales that's been going on.. like you said tho alot that I've seen reduced is no good as it's summer stuff. Builders are finished :-) yaay just need to paint lay the flooring and move his stuff in.. your scan is Friday isn't it hun? How's the sickness now? xx

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 113 days ago
Arh I can imagine...i'm getting away with it quite easy at the moment coz mine r so young - going the park is still a big deal to them! I cant imagine what it will b like when they're older! Has the work been completed on ur reno? Hope its coming together nicely for u chick. I need to sort my baby stuff while i'm off, see what I want to reuse from my other 2 girls...only problem is time of year they were born. This baba wont be wearing same style of clothes at same ages due to the season they have been born in - think I may need to buy more than I imagine!! I'm trying to be practical but its killing me not going on a spending spree for a brand new waldrobe for her haha Have u bought much yet? My defo next buy is a pramsuit - for a winter baby shes guna need it!! Xx

jojo - 114 days ago
Woo hoo to your 2 weeks off twinny, relax and enjoy with your lovely family. . I personally can't wait to go back Mon.. I have a partner who's flapping over how much he's got to do before baby arrives and 3 very bored kids. It's getting harder every year to do something that occupies all three ages without spending a lot!! Aaarrrgghhhh!!

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 115 days ago
I'm all done....woohoo a lady of leisure for 2wks....or shud I say i'll b harrassed for 2wks by my 3 babies!!! Hahaha Brilliant news on no bleeding Jo fingers crossed it stays away and u can carry on enjoying ur pregnancy. Brucie bonus is, when I return to work I only have 9wks left :op Yey!!! Xx

jojo - 115 days ago
Thanks hun.. not had any more bleeding since so that's good. . Not long now and you have 2 whole weeks off. Just think by the time you go back you won't have that long left :)

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 115 days ago
Oooh Jojo yey its just an infection!! It doesnt matter what r 'sensible' head is telling us we know everything will b ok its just much safer to get it checked out. U did the right thing hun and so pleased all is well with u and baba. They put us thru it dont they!! At least with some medication the bleeding will clear up and u can relax again :o) I am shattered! I am soooo ready for this break from work, i'm on my way in for my last day before having 2wks off. We've planned a couple of days out with the kids but I think ur rite, ave defo jinxed us!! Haha woke up this morning to a grey sky again...best imprpve by next week!! Am movin on over to 27wks. Hope u girls have a fab weekend whatever youz do! Xx

jojo - 116 days ago
Bonita sounds like you have everything sorted hun. Have an amazing time. I will deffinately sort some before and after pics :) Twinny think you've jinxed us cos it's piddling down atm haha well ladies I've had an eventful morning.. Tues eve and last night I had some spotting. . Nothing on my underwear but when I wiped.. I didn't rush to get it checked cos It wasn't a gush and baby was moving as much as she usually does so thought I'd just keep an eye on it but I had it again this morning along with some mucky discharge so I rang.. well cut a long story short I've just come back from 4hrs on the assessment ward.. baby is absolutely fine and moving like mad they were very happy with her, I have an infection again.. been given meds. So glad I have tomorrow and the weekend off work to just chill.. 26 wks today! Time certainly is flying.. I tell you I will have aged 5yrs by the time this little one is born haha xx

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 116 days ago
I knoe Bonita! Haha...but the way this year is flying!! Its August tomorrow...becaues we count in weeks I feel like i've missed April, May, June and July!!haha. So am following u again, 27wks today....times going too fast and I havent even got her hospital outfit sorted yet!! Argh haha Have a good day ladies xxx

bonitadiane - 116 days ago
Thank you ladies. I do have a window fan packed, I truly am looking forward to it just dreading long drive. But, I've already told hubby no rush, we'll just take our time. JoJo you'll need to post pics do before and after. Given you took before pics. :) Yeaaaahhhh Twinny for 2 weeks off. So exciting. Praying weather is in your favor. :) I can't believe you said Christmas. Crazy us before you know it.. It will be here. Christmas is my ALL time fav. Holiday. The holidays when growing up started beginning November and ended weeks after New Years. My family always celebrated being together, great food, music and lots of laughter. Christmas always warms my heart. Oh my... Can't believe I'm talking Christmas in July.lol

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 117 days ago
Ello love. We took the kids the park this morning and was freezing! Typical change of weather when am off haha...fingers crossed its nicer next 2 wks!! I have 13wks left to full term which r 2wks off work , 9wks in work....and then I fnish for maternity for 6mths. OMG!!! It will b christmas before we know it girls :op shocking!!! Haha The kankles (as I call them) arnt as bad today, maybe coz I havent been sitting at a desk in the office?! xx

jojo - 117 days ago
Twinny renov is almost complete :) :) plasterer is coming tomorrow then finishing touches Fri and all done.. looks really good. Double digit count down starts today woo hoo 99 days to go..

jojo - 117 days ago
Hi girls.. hope your both well.. bonita take regular stops on your drive up and maybe a picnic to have with the girls.. make your journey not seem so long. Fan is also a good idea like twinny suggested.. hope your ankles are a bit better as the weather has cooled slightly. Enjoy your day off work hun, I'm off work today too gonna take the kids out somewhere

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 118 days ago
Arh Bonita the car journey will be uncomfortable but once ur there with all ur family u will have an absolute ball hun so just go and enjoy it. Can u take a portable fan with u? It will b lovely and relaxing for u to spend some quality time with ur hubby too. Have a fantastic time chick! I am off work tomorrow then in 2 days and I finish for 2wks, we have got some lovely days planned to take the kids out just hope the weather stays nice. Knowing my luck i'll finish work and it will rain the whole time!! Haha I'm going to try and elevate my legs tonight, cant believe they're swollen this early on!! Xx

bonitadiane - 118 days ago
Well ladies today marks my 3rd trimester. Wow, can't believe it!!!! I'm sorry Twinny you have no ankles. I've never experienced this in extreme but have slightly experienced it. And once I had it where my feet hurt and it wasn't that bad. I'm praying I don't get this. I hear drinking water helps prevent and of course elevating feet. If you can at end of day rest up those feet. JoJo in no time they'll be all done with the project and you'll be soooo happy. Yeah. Excited for you. We are leaving for a camping trip in Canada for a week. We leave this weekend. We have no wifi so you ladies won't be hearing from me for a little over a week. I'm not sure how I'm feeling about this trip as it's going to be 12-13 hour drive to get there AND I'm scared it maybe too hot to sleep at night. There's no air conditioning. I will say I'm excited to be spending time with family. Everyone is to be there. I'm just praying all goes well. It will be nice to have hubby with us work free for a week. As poor guy has been working crazy long hours lately. Hope my feelings about this trip pick up soon. Just unsure of it. Hope you ladies are having a great week!!!!

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 119 days ago
Ooooh no...I have no ankles!! The water retention has started already! Anyone else got swollen ankles? Xx

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 119 days ago
Good morning girls how r u all? Hope youz had a lovely weekend. I sure did. I got up very easy today as this is my last monday in work for 3wks :o) Roll on friday!! Jojo how's the work coming on? I know u said abit behind but hope they catch up quick for u hun and get out ur hair. Bonita thanks for the link, the outfits r gorgeous. Is 27wks trimester 3? Oooh how exciting!! Big hugs girls xxx!

jojo - 122 days ago
3rd trimester.. omg I'm not ready lol xx reno is going good thanks hun.. taking longer than they originally told us - was supposed to be finished by now but they still need to do things and the plasterer ain't coming til Thurs nxt wk!! Urgh!! They're keeping the mess in tact tho so shouldn't complain really x

bonitadiane - 122 days ago
Twinny I posted the link to the baby outfit in week 25. If your interested. She has them in pink too.;) Can you ladies believe this is last week in 2nd trimester. Then we are off to 3rd trimester and home stretch. Can't believe it!!!!

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 122 days ago
Good morning girls...its friday woohoo!! Jojo hows the reno coming on? I have my next ozzy apmts and scan 8th august. 1 more week in work then I finish for 2wks...yey cant wait for the break!! Xx

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 123 days ago
Good morning week 26 how lovely to see u :o) xx

bonitadiane - 125 days ago
Hello 26 weeks. :)

matoks - 126 days ago
hello week26,hope to feel great ds week.

glowingwith2 - 129 days ago
Hi Brittany, welcome(back) to the group! Are you expecting a boy or a girl? - Blonde, I am so happy you have finally found a place! I feel for you having to pack and move though. When I moved 3 weeks ago, I was working until my cervix hurt! Probably not a good thing, but everything was ok. Just be sure and listen to your body and take breaks when you need them. LOL about cleaning out all the bachelor goods! :)

Blondeabby - 129 days ago
Found a house Move August 22!! So excited! Now to get my bfs house ready after being a bacholor ....omg it is tough!!!Why do guys keep so much useless crap?????

brittanyreneemcschooler - 129 days ago
26 weeks tomorrow!!! So glad to be back on this site after 6 years of staying away! Add me :)

glowingwith2 - 129 days ago
If anyone else decides to log into the FB page, my name is Julie Kennis. I've been looking to see if anyone familiar is on there, but it doesn't look like it. Hard to tell since we all have nicknames on here. I hope you guys are all doing well. I'm 27+2 now, I can tell the 3rd trimester tiredness is starting to set in. Booooo!!!

glowingwith2 - 129 days ago
Snooks, that so awesome you guys are builders!!! I've worked on various construction projects over the years, although I'm not a general contractor myself (it has always a dream of mine). I always swore that I would never be the 'pain in the ass' owner that I've seen. The whole process is so exciting, but it definitely takes it to a whole new level now that I am building my own. So rare to meet other women that are into construction! :) Yay!

snooks - 130 days ago
glowingwith2, We are Builders. It is really hard to stick to a deadline, with other trades and supply shipments to count on. Don't bank on an exact move in date. Be patient, and let them build your home right. It is a good idea to expect that it will take longer. Hugs.

snooks - 130 days ago
Final stretch. Sure am getting hungry. I'm only up 6 lbs from the day I became pregnant due to stopping eating wheat and processed food. Having fun making healthy things though. I can't believe I'm going to have 3 daughters under the age of 3. I can't keep up with the clutter, dishes and laundry now, LOL! Gestational Diabetes test on Friday. I had borderline with last pregnancy, that's why I quit Wheat. Saved me from requiring Insuline. I sure hope I can pass the test this time.

Blondeabby - 132 days ago
No move yet . End of August. Going crazy trying to find a house. My boyfriends house goes up in Tuesday! That was my safety net if we couldn't find anything! Yikes.

glowingwith2 - 133 days ago
Hi Blonde! I finally setup my crib over the weekend. I also went and registered for my baby shower which is scheduled for the end of August. Starting to feel real now! I'm happy to hear your BP is under control now. Did you guys end up making your move? Mine was so stressful. I am so happy it's behind me. Our builder said our home will be finished in September/October. Seems pretty aggressive, but that would be great!

Blondeabby - 134 days ago
Finally off bed rest!! Bp getting back to normal:) Hope everyone is having a great weekend:) Nesting??

monica28 - 140 days ago
mammaramirez thanks for answering my question.....I wonder which one of will give birth first. I take my glucose test on at my next appt on the 21st. I've fully planned my shower now. im taking maternity pics at the end of the month. im really excited about the pics

mammaramirez - 145 days ago
MsJenn - thank you! Had my glucose test. I guess I'll find out the results next week. Everything else is fine. I've gain 4 lbs since my last appointment 2 weeks ago. Blood pressure is good, no UTI, baby's heart rate is good... no complaints from this dr for this visit.. HOORAY!! I go every 2 weeks now so I'll be going back June 16th

msjenn727 - 145 days ago
Mamma- Good luck with your glucose testing, Oh and i don't blame you, I love my starches, especially pasta!!!

mammaramirez - 146 days ago
I have my glucose test tomorrow morning. This will be my third time doing this test during this pregnancy. I failed the first 1 hour at 12 weeks, passed the 3 hour and now I go for another 1 hour as a follow up to make sure nothing has changed. I haven't exactly been eating the best lol.... I love bread, I love pasta, I love all that starchy goodness.

mammaramirez - 146 days ago
Monica, your due date is the same as mine. You're 6 1/2 months pregnant.

monica28 - 146 days ago
You are 6 months pregnant. You are in your 7th month of pregnancy. ....can someone explain this to me....if someone ask do I say I 7th months pregnant or 6 months?

leanbean - 148 days ago
LORI~ No baby shower here. Since this is #5 we're covered with baby stuff :)

msjenn727 - 149 days ago
Hello 26 weeks! Lori- My sisters are planning a babyshower for me the last weekend in August. 2 more weeks until my next dr's appt and after that i believe it's every 2 weeks. I also have the Glucose testing coming up...almost there, but not soon enough!!!

loriandrichie - 149 days ago
Do any of you have your baby shower planned?

leanbean - 150 days ago
Thanks girlies! I've been feeling good today! YAY! Can't believe how huge I am already! Less than a week and we're in the 3rd trimester!!! Welcome GIFT!

loriandrichie - 151 days ago
MOM-so happy to hear no GD! Leanbean-I hope you feel better soon. Gift-welcome to the site! :) boy or girl?



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