;
Your Weekly Pregnancy Development: Week 26

Your baby's eyes are fully developed, and will soon open for the first time

Get weekly pregnancy guidance in your inbox.
Join Similac StrongMoms®

 
Pregnancy Weeks images

Unique features are starting to mature and grow in

Week 26: Your baby’s eyes are fully developed, while fingerprints start to form

At 26 weeks pregnant, your baby’s unique facial and body features becomes more refined:

  •  By the 26th week of pregnancy, your baby probably weighs 1-1/2 to 2 pounds, and is about the length of a small pineapple.
  • Your baby's eyebrows and eyelashes are well formed.
  • His eyes are fully developed — he will start to open and close them at around 28 weeks.
  • The hair on his head grows and thickens.
  • Little footprints and fingerprints form.
  • He starts using his lungs to mimic breathing.
  • Essential fats accumulate under his skin.
Pregnancy Weeks images

Your Week 26 nutrition and health

Small nutrition changes that can make a big difference

Many expectant mothers can find it a challenge to get all the recommended nutrients into their diet, every day. Here are more ways you can get valuable nutrients into your daily diet:

  • Drink a small glass of orange juice with breakfast every day. Orange juice is a great source of vitamin C, which promotes healthy gums. It also helps your body absorb iron.
  • Choline is essential for your baby’s brain development. Eggs, lean meats, and peanuts are some foods that provide it.
  • Switch from iceberg lettuce to romaine. Romaine lettuce has twice the fiber, B vitamins, folic acid, calcium, potassium, and trace minerals as iceberg lettuce. In addition, it has seven times the amount of vitamin C to help form red blood cells.
  • Increase your Lutein intake. Lutein is an important nutrient that supports eye health. Some sources of Lutein include kale, spinach, corn, and squash.

Want more nutrition tips? Find more in Week 15 and Week 5.

Watch for these warning signs
It's important to keep moving throughout your pregnancy. But, if you experience any of these symptoms, stop what you are doing:
  • Chest pain
  • Decreased fetal movements
  • Difficulty walking

Speak with your doctor if symptoms are intense or do not subside.
preg-week-26-003.jpg

How to handle heartburn and constipation symptoms

With all of the changes and growth happening in your body, experiencing pregnancy-related heartburn and constipation symptoms during your pregnancy should not come as a surprise, so here is a brief recap of how to treat the symptoms of both: 

Heartburn or constipation might occur during your 26th week of pregnancy as a result of your expanding uterus and the impact of hormones on your digestive system. 

Try these tips for managing heartburn:

  • Watch what you eat, but don't give up the balanced nutrition your body needs.
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Avoid eating late at night and don't lie down for several hours after eating.
  • Ask your doctor about antacids that are OK to take during pregnancy.

 

Try these techniques for relieving constipation:

  • Eat fiber-rich foods.
  • Drink plenty of fluids — at least 10 8-ounce glasses a day.
  •  Consume fruits and juices, especially prunes and prune juice, which continue to be effective remedies.
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals.
  • Add some more activity to your exercise routine during your 26th week of pregnancy. Just an extra 10 minutes might offer the boost your system needs. However, always consult your doctor before starting or adding any new exercises.
Keep learning about your baby's development every week
 
Get nutrition guidance and feeding help delivered right to your inbox.
Join Similac® StrongMoms® now.
 


Your Similac StrongMoms membership is free, and includes:
  • Expert nutrition guidance for your pregnancy
  • Weekly updates on how your baby is developing and growing
  • Up to $329 in membership benefits
 
Offers may vary.
Get up to $329† in great offers. Sign up now >