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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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lilgibber22 - 51 days ago
My daughter (19months) was kissing my belly today, and calling for the 'baby' she's just too sticking cute! - 95 days ago
I had that happen Overjoyed....3 hour test came back clear. Good Luck!! 1More....I got a night animal as well...ALL night My girls have been SOOO much more active then my boys...oddly'd think'd be the opposite. My boys just seem to lounge around in there and do

overjoyedmommy2 - 96 days ago
I failed my one hour glucose test and now I'm here doing the three hour test, pure torture :(

1morefor4 - 97 days ago
I had my appt today with the glucose test. So of course I updated my blog with details. Hopefully, I pass the 1 hour test because I don't think I could stand doing the 3 hour test. I've always passed before hopefully I continue that trend. I'm exhausted now all the time and sleep just doesn't happen comfortably anymore. My right hip hurts all night and it radiates down my leg all the way to my ankle. Not to mention the vivid dreams. I've always been a vivid dreamer but it's much worse now. And of course my little girl thinks nighttime is party time and kicks up a storm as soon as I get in bed.

Kekea - 98 days ago
1morefor4 I'm having mine this week at 27 weeks I was suppose to have it done at 26 though because I am high risk... I had GD in during 2 prior pregnancies

PaulaSoon2B8 - 98 days ago
I see my OB on the 17, he will probably order it then. Headed out for another ultrasound today...need to get some better quality pics, he wasn't satisfied with the last round. Cant believe how fast this is starting to go!! Hope everyone else is doing well!!!! My belle has become a jumping bean in my belly...all night long!!

1morefor4 - 99 days ago
Is anyone else having their glucose test this week? Mine is supposed to be Wednesday.

Kekea - 103 days ago
I had an appt with my specialist today. Baby girl is doing well. She weighs about 2lbs and 2oz. Her heart rate is 151 bpm.

Kekea - 106 days ago
One more week until my last trimester!!!

beckym - 119 days ago
Turns out the baby was breach, they did a c-section, her baby girl is beautiful and healthy.

beckym - 123 days ago
My friend was induced last night, hopefully all is going well and she gets to meet her baby girl today. My son is having a birthday pool party this morning, I get the feeling the water will be freezing, I think this is the last one of those I have him him, barely anyone rsvped, I'd rather pool all the kids birthdays and take a big family trip or something, 200 dollars for food and renting the pool, and we will be lucky if 10 people total show up, ugh.

beckym - 123 days ago
We gave away all of our baby stuff too. My church had this great event where Mom's bring in all of the outgrown things their kids don't need, then a later date is made that we come back and pick out what our children need and it is set in age and gender categories, it was awesome! I feel so much more prepared and didn't have to break the bank to do it.

jamie86 - 123 days ago
I don't buy newborn clothes at all. My babies don't fit in them long enough to worry about buying them. I have zero things for a baby because we thought we were done before I got pregnant with our angels. Oh well. I love buying baby things.

beckym - 124 days ago
Free2bmom, sounds like you have your hands full too. The freezing meals thing is something I always wanted to try but never got around to. Jamie 4 outfits is a great start, we still have 90 ish days to go. I got outfits in all sizes from 0 to 1 yr, the one thing that drives me crazy is when I stocked up on a ton of newborn clothes and my first only fit in them for about a week or 2! Then again he was 9 lbs 6oz, my smallest was 8 lbs 7oz, so I only do a few newborn outfits, one dress up outfit for the picture, and then cozy comfortable clothes that will be good for newborn skin. I love the gowns that have the flip mittens, easy to change diapers in, and nearly impossible for them to scratch their beautiful faces when the mittens are flipped on.

jamie86 - 124 days ago
All we have so far is 4 outfits. We are going to get things we need when it gets closer to time.

Free2Bmom - 124 days ago
Becky I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling like I have so much left to do! I'm feeling overwhelmed. I haven't prepped baby's room much yet and I have to finish staining our deck and painting the rails and I'm a farm wife and baby is due at harvest so I have tons of freezer meals to make for crews of 7 men, plus small ones for myself and my son to eat when she arrives! Ugh..... I Can't wait to feel the accomplishment once I'm done these things.

beckym - 124 days ago
We are pregnant for 280 days. That means I have personally traveled 185 days into this pregnancy and have 95 days left to go. I can't wait to meet my little kicker, still on the green team, I am super excited to find out what we are having. First labor class is next Thursday, we have a pack and play, car seat, stroller, baby clothes in girl and boy, baby swing, diaper bag, tandem stroller so my 3 year old has a place for walks too if she gets tired. I need to get nursing pads, I am not going to buy nursing bras yet because I have no clue what size I will be. I need to buy diaper ointment. Lots to keep me busy I guess.

beckym - 126 days ago
97 days to go! ...but whose counting...?

beckym - 127 days ago
Not as hot today, I'm happy for a cool day. My first labor class is coming up soon, I think in a week.

beckym - 127 days ago
26 weeks!

mrscephas - 133 days ago
Well, the bank holiday weekend hosting went well with hubby and friends chipping in with the preps and clearing after. I even got my hair washed, conditioned and styled! I returned to work today and it wasn't so bad either. Bring on the next 13 weeks...

mrscephas - 137 days ago
26 weeks! I've started to feel like a beached whale, nothing is comfortable, not lying down, not sitting up nor standing. The indigestion is also driving me crazy in the night plus my pelvic girdle pain has me in agony when I move. But it's all good. And I'm hosting some friends over this bank holiday weekend... And returning to work on Tuesday.

xEricaLynn - 149 days ago
26 weeks today :) - 175 days ago
jesswithtwins, I know the feeling. Time is def going by fast. I wish time will slow down a little too. I have a million and one things to do before baby gets here

jesswithtwins - 176 days ago
26 weeks almost 27 going for my glucose test this week i still cant believe how fast the weeks have been going by ! not sure if im ready to bring to babies home yet :) but maybe the last few weeks will slow down i know from my last pregnancies they cant seem to come fast enough and this pregnancy im thinking the slower the better :) - 181 days ago
26 weeks today and I go take my glucose test in an hour. Hopefully I pass this one because during my last pregnancy I failed the hour test and had to take a three hour glucose test and that was dreadful

loralb - 191 days ago
Off to week 27 and the third trimester tomorrow! So glad to have made it this far. Time to start making baby plans I guess.

holz8519 - 271 days ago
Thanks ladies

floydianslip2 - 271 days ago
Congrats Holz, fantastic news! :)

holz8519 - 272 days ago
due date is 9/18 but ill have a repeat c-section because my other 3 have all be c-sections so a week or two before 9/18. I already have 2 boys and one girl and would be happy with either sex. My 3 yr old daughter wants boy girl twins for her and her 22 mon old brother. LOL

babylove5 - 272 days ago
Holz you will have a October baby! I know you are thrilled. Were you trying for a certain sex?

lexy-b - 272 days ago
Awe congratulations Holz!!!

holz8519 - 273 days ago
Thanks ladies I Been checking in to see how you are all progressing.

Sher-baby - 273 days ago
yaay Holz!! welcome back!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this one is a real sticky one!!

holz8519 - 273 days ago
Hi ladies so FRER was darker today and got a def line on dollar tree test so tis true i got my BFP. Hoping this one sticks around.

floydianslip2 - 274 days ago
Holz, my fingers are crossed! Keep us posted please!!!

sher-baby - 274 days ago
Hopefully this is your finaly sticking bean Holz! That would be a great start to your new year!

babylove5 - 274 days ago
Good luck supermom! Congrats holz!!! I hope this baby is there to stay!!!

holz8519 - 274 days ago
Just wanted to drop in and say hi. Hope you ladies had a wonderful holiday. Can't believe you guys are 26 weeks I'm still trying again. I am on CD 39 and only 9-10 DPO today but i got a super faint positive on a FRER so waiting to see if there is a definite BPF before I celebrate. Hopefully if It is a true positive it sticks around. This would be my 8th pregnancy and our 4th & last baby if i make it to term. Please keep your fingers Crossed for me.

babylove5 - 275 days ago
Wow lexy!! I'm glad you found out before he was born! I don't like surprises because I'm not sure how I will react. I would be really upset if I thought I was having one sex and ended up with another. Congrats on your boy!!! Post pics of your 3d if you get a chance.

lexy-b - 276 days ago
Just got the surpise of a lifetime... We were told we were having a girl around 18 weeks.... Went for a 3D ultrasound today & found out we're having a BOY!!!!! WOW!!

sher-baby - 277 days ago
At the gym again ladies!!! Ugh!!! If I gain another 8lbs in 4 weeks I'm gonna loose it!!

sher-baby - 277 days ago
Uugh!!! That sucks butt!!! Sorry to hear about that floydianslip!!! I haven't heard anything about mine. I wonder if my dr would call me or just wait until my next appt to tell me my results. So I just reorganized my kitchen to make space for baby 'stuff' sanitizer, bottle warmer, drying station, bottles, etc! Aaaaand the nesting continues! Lol

floydianslip2 - 277 days ago
Ugh... just got the dreaded call from the doctor, I failed my dang glucose test by 7 points! The BS part is that I know I'll get in and do the 3 hour test, and it will come back in normal ranges. I know, better safe than sorry, but it still sucks!

floydianslip2 - 277 days ago
I'm a day late, but happy new year ladies! Sounds like some fun and mostly uneventful nights... I did pretty much nothing. DH went and shot a fireworks show downtown, I hung out with my best friend until 8:30, then went home and went to bed. Oh, and I had taco bell. I feel like such a wild child these days! Sher, I am at the point where I refuse to buy beer for anyone, because of those dirty looks!

sher-baby - 278 days ago
Babylove- lol that's pretty funny. I had to go into the beer store a few times over the holidays and go a few dirty looks.. Lol oh well! And the food sounds amazing!!!! ...not that my a$$ needs it!! Lol

babylove5 - 278 days ago
Happy New Year!!! I ended up sitting at the bar last night! I wasn't drinking but the place was packed and our reservations were late. I sat down and told the bar tender I'm pregnant and I'm at the bar don't judge! Lol I got a sweet tea and a few dirty looks. Lol The food was awesome, scallops, shrimp, and lobster.

sher-baby - 279 days ago is very outside the box! Lol I joined the local school of circus arts! I'm going to run away and join the circus! Haha...maybe! But it's hard as hell! I know for a second DH couldn't so half of what I do in these classes...even with all the working out he does! But of course to him, the gym is the 'only' way loose fat and build muscle!! Lol he's sooo full of brown stuff and he doesn't even know it! We'll be going back to the gym on Friday for another go at cardio! *joy*

babylove5 - 279 days ago
Pole fitness sounds hard. I picture the strippers hanging from the poles.. Lol. I guess you would need leg and arm strength for that. Arial silks sounds interesting but complicated. Good way to think outside of the box!!!

babylove5 - 279 days ago
I know what you mean my hubby works out at the gym too and its boring!!! I like to go for a jog when it's 70 outside or walk. I also Hv my own muscle building I do at home. I just use my own body weight. I don't feel the need to use much weight or be on a program. Thats for the gym rats. I tried regular yoga and I was bored. Right now the gym is it though, as far as cardio unless I run up and down my stairs.. Lol I can't think of anything else for cardio. I am gaining weight quickly this pregnancy and my hubby loves it!! It's going to my outer thighs and butt! I don't love it.

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