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26 Weeks Pregnant - Trimester 2

A little ta-da moment for the final week of your second trimester – your baby will open their eyes for the first time around now! Read more about this week.

3 mins to read May 30, 2018


Your baby now measures over 23cm, and weighs around 1000 g. Their little body is getting more chubby thanks to fat accumulating gradually under their skin to give them some reserves at birth. Hair and nails are well on their way and, under their gums, future ivory baby teeth are almost covered with enamel. What’s more, they are beginning to really react to loud sounds. Your baby develops movements that will later help it take its first whiff of air in the world, inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid.


Aah, night time. You’re finally about to go to sleep. But not the baby whom may seem to want to move more in the evening. As your bump gets larger and larger, it gets more difficult to find a pleasant position to sleep in. You probably cannot sleep on your front any more. The most convenient position to lie in for the next few weeks may be on your side. Put a cushion between your knees to make it a bit more comfortable, and try to relax, and sleep.


Don’t overlook carbs in your meals. Contrary to common belief, they do not make you fat - as long as you eat moderate portions. Of course there are some better choices than others and what you put with your carbohydrates matters - creamy or buttery sauces will add a lot of extra calories. Carbs give your body energy, essential for you and your growing baby. Carbohydrate foods include potatoes, wholegrain bread, pasta, rice, quinoa and semolina, as well as legumes (beans, lentils, et cet.) and most are available in a whole grain version, which is preferable.


Now that you're nearing your last trimester, when things get heavier - learning how to rest is so important!  Napping during the day, even if it’s only a catnap of 15 minutes, can give you that little pick-me-up to get you through the day. Don’t worry – this won’t stop you sleeping at night. During the later stages of pregnancy, sleeping on one side with a pillow under your tummy and one between your knees may help you sleep better at night. Regular bed time, in a room that is dark, tidy and well ventilated, can make all the difference.