Week 26

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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  1. stacey3 25 June 2016

    Hopefully it goes slow! I want this to last for a while yet! Baby is really moving around tonight! All the kicks and jabs make me so happy! Mum of 3, does your little one move a lot? What's your favorite part of being pregnant (if you have one)?

  2. stacey3 25 June 2016

    Something is wrong with week 27. When you click on 27 weeks, an error message page pops up..... :( I really liked the old full site...this mobile site is so annoying. Lots of glitches...Also, when you misspell a word and post the comment, it won't let you edit it like the old site would let you. I loved that option, since sometimes my fingers and brain have arguments about what I am trying to post... :/ I liked the edit option....is there some way we can get that back? And I am going to miss week 27.....

  3. babylove5 25 June 2016

    I woke up last night to cramps and blood, it looks like Aunt Flo is here! I will be back another year! Blessings to all of you pregnant mommys! 😃

    • stacey3 27 June 2016

      Awe! Well you will be able to keep focused on your little one! Nice chatting with you anyway!

  4. stacey3 30 June 2016

    27 weeks today! I'm going to post my comment here since the 27 week forum is still giving an Error 404...I am really feeling this little boy move around! Went strawberry picking today. We picked about 8 feet in the row and ended up with about 20 lbs! It is crazy! The berries are abundant this year! Yummy smoothies for breakfast! Baby likes the smoothies too. Really gets him moving! We get to go visit a 5 day old foal today too. This is our second visit to see this baby horsey...so stinking cute! He was abandoned by his momma, so the owners have to take care of him. We are allowed to go in the pen with him and give him some love and attention! So much fun and excitement for my girls. We don't ride horses or really go around them much at all, but since this pony is so cute, it is hard to resist going to give him some love! Well, HELLO 27 WEEKS! Wish I could see the pics and read about it, but I will have to rely on a different site for the week.

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