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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 hours ago
Good morning week 26 how lovely to see u :o) xx

bonitadiane - 2 days ago
Hello 26 weeks. :)

matoks - 4 days ago
hello week26,hope to feel great ds week.

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

glowingwith2 - 7 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 - 7 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 9 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 - 10 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 - 11 days ago
Finally off bed rest!! Bp getting back to normal:) Hope everyone is having a great weekend:) Nesting??

monica28 - 17 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 - 22 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 - 22 days ago
Mamma- Good luck with your glucose testing, Oh and i don't blame you, I love my starches, especially pasta!!!

mammaramirez - 23 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 - 23 days ago
Monica, your due date is the same as mine. You're 6 1/2 months pregnant.

monica28 - 23 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 - 25 days ago
LORI~ No baby shower here. Since this is #5 we're covered with baby stuff :)

msjenn727 - 26 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 - 26 days ago
Do any of you have your baby shower planned?

leanbean - 27 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 - 28 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 - 29 days ago
Last day in wk 26!!! Cant believe I am going to the last and final trimester, ekkkkkk :-)

giftfromJesus - 29 days ago
Hello! I'm new to this site. What's crackalackin?

MOMIIB - 30 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 - 30 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 - 30 days ago
I passed the GTT, NO GD for me!!!!!!! Yay, PTL! :-)

loriandrichie - 30 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 - 31 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 - 34 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 - 35 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 - 54 days ago
Yes they not long brought them out i had mine near end 2012 with a flu jab aswell

Baby ali - 55 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 - 55 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 - 55 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 - 57 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

sarah6485 - 57 days ago
26 weeks today the weeks are flying by :-)

Baby ali - 61 days ago
26 weeks today yohooo :0)

baby ali - 62 days ago
my back is gone :0( feel belly weighs downwards braking my back

sarah6485 - 62 days ago
I get that when I get a swift kick in the ribs makes me jump

tlc - 63 days ago
Sometimes baby moves so hard and abruptly that it makes me gasp out loud - especially those moves that I can see pop through the belly. Freaky!

Baby ali - 63 days ago
oh great didn't do the test today rebooked for the 9th June. apart from that baby's heartbeats good and measurements are good 😃

Baby ali - 63 days ago
got midwife appointment today and diabetes test 2 hour one soooo not looking forward to it :0( aaarrggghhh

jackie87 - 64 days ago
Tlc, I agree--and not everyone has enormous cleavage to fill those out! I always have to wear a cami underneath.

Baby ali - 64 days ago

tlc - 64 days ago
What is up with the maternity shirts all having an enormous scoop neck? Do I really want to show the world my chest acne? Have these people ever been pregnant???

kadyrae1107 - 64 days ago
Ughh it was horrible this morning!! I never want to do that again!! I was so hungry and dying to thirst!! So glad its over with!!

stublit - 65 days ago
I don't mind the drink either. The wait really is the worst. I took magazines, etc but ended up laying down in a dark room with a migraine. I was prepared though!

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