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You are 26 weeks pregnant.

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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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jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 5.9 hours 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 - 9.6 hours 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

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 19 hours 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 - 1 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 - 1 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 7 days ago
Good morning week 26 how lovely to see u :o) xx

bonitadiane - 9 days ago
Hello 26 weeks. :)

matoks - 11 days ago
hello week26,hope to feel great ds week.

glowingwith2 - 13 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 - 13 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 - 13 days ago
26 weeks tomorrow!!! So glad to be back on this site after 6 years of staying away! Add me :)

glowingwith2 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 16 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 - 17 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 - 18 days ago
Finally off bed rest!! Bp getting back to normal:) Hope everyone is having a great weekend:) Nesting??

monica28 - 24 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 - 29 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 - 29 days ago
Mamma- Good luck with your glucose testing, Oh and i don't blame you, I love my starches, especially pasta!!!

mammaramirez - 30 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 - 30 days ago
Monica, your due date is the same as mine. You're 6 1/2 months pregnant.

monica28 - 30 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 - 32 days ago
LORI~ No baby shower here. Since this is #5 we're covered with baby stuff :)

msjenn727 - 33 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 - 33 days ago
Do any of you have your baby shower planned?

leanbean - 34 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 - 35 days ago
MOM-so happy to hear no GD! Leanbean-I hope you feel better soon. Gift-welcome to the site! :) boy or girl?

MOMIIB - 36 days ago
Last day in wk 26!!! Cant believe I am going to the last and final trimester, ekkkkkk :-)

giftfromJesus - 36 days ago
Hello! I'm new to this site. What's crackalackin?

MOMIIB - 37 days ago
Sry your feeling that way leanbean! Try drinking extra water and eat every 2hrs. Get up and move slowly so you dont get dizzy. Hope it helps! :-)

leanbean - 37 days ago
Anyone else have low blood pressure? or sugars? I'm feeling lightheaded all the time. This is how all my pregnancies go, but I'm sick right now on top of it so it's really outta whack. Feels scary :( Wondering if anyone knows any tricks that I don't? MZ~ Praying for you! I'm feeling overwhelmed at the moment too. I've got lots of support though, so I know I'll be ok. Do you have anyone to help? MOMII~ Yay for a good u/s and good news on gd!

MOMIIB - 37 days ago
I passed the GTT, NO GD for me!!!!!!! Yay, PTL! :-)

loriandrichie - 37 days ago
MZ-you're in my prayers. Please remember that it will work out, even when we're going through new struggles. Smile, you're going to be holding your precious princess soon! :) we're all here to support each other, even if its just an ear to listen.

MOMIIB - 38 days ago
Mzharston: Sorry your going through all of that :-( praying for you! My appt on friday went well! :-) sonogram showed our son to be measuring perfectly instead of 3wks ahead that he measured 2wks ago. Dr said sometimes they have huge growth spurts but then level off so he said thats ehat happened. No extra fluid PTL! :-) He is still head down and bent in half, poor baby! Dr doubts he can Change positions bc hes been that way for 5+wks and the head is The Heaviest part of the body. I also did of GTT to test for GD, I find out those results today! :-) We are at 2wk visits, wow, we got here sooo fast!!!!! Will keep yall updated, yall do the same ;-)

Mzholston - 41 days ago
26 weeks today....I still have morning sickness everyday. Makes the mornings quite challenging but only 98 days left and this chapter is done. Been struggling with personal issues at home and dealing with depression and anxiety about being ready for baby girl to arrive and paying bills n feeding myself and my 4 year old. I feel basically hopeless at this point. Trying to stay positive while working to provide for now. If you ladies could please pray for us. Hope all is well for you all and babies are growing strong.

MOMIIB - 42 days ago
26wks today :-) ob appt tomorrow for GD test and a sonogram bc I am measuring 3wks ahead :-/ hope everyone is good! Wish there was more activity on this page!

sarah6485 - 61 days ago
Yes they not long brought them out i had mine near end 2012 with a flu jab aswell

Baby ali - 62 days ago
I can't remember having the injection with my previous pregnancies, as long as no other side affect it's okay :0)

sarah6485 - 62 days ago
Baby Ali yes i had it it with my last pregnancy and and will be due it with this one too can cause a sore arm for a few days though :-/

phiawill - 62 days ago
26 weeks! Hi ladies! Having very much of the pubic/hip pain. Apparently very common at this stage and later in pregnancy. Had it at the very end with my daughter and I'm told it starts earlier with each preg after. I was referred to a phys therapist and even after the first visit I noticed the hip pain (sacroiliac) has improved. They sell support braces on Amazon between 25 and 40 dollars, after testing one out, I will be ordering my own! Hope you all are well. I do my gt at my 28 wk appt. My dr let me bring the drink home and told me to drink it 30 mins before I checked in the reduce my wait in office. She also gave my husband one so he could sympathy-test with me. :-)

Baby ali - 64 days ago
Sarah- ur in uk, so am I lol I got my whooping cough injection next Monday, are u having urs? it's to stop the baby from having the whopping cough illness dnt no if everyone in uk is offered this

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