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    Twist and shout! Your baby is really moving around in there.

    A developing fetus in the twenty-sixth week

    Your baby’s development

    Your baby’s eyes are fully developed.
    His eyes are now fully developed by the 26th week of pregnancy. He’ll start to open and close them in about 2 more weeks. His eyebrows and eyelashes are also well formed.

    Here’s what’s taking shape in week 26:

    • Your baby weighs 1 ½ to 2 pounds and is about the length of a small pineapple.
    • The hair on his head grows and thickens.
    • Little footprints and fingerprints start to form.
    • Essential fats accumulate under his skin.
    A green vegetable

    Your nutrition and health

    Small nutrition changes can make a big difference.
    It can be a challenge to get all of the recommended nutrients into your daily diet. Here are some suggestions for packing a punch into every sip and bite:

    • Drink a small glass of orange juice with breakfast every day. OJ 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 increased levels of fiber, B vitamins, folate, calcium, potassium, and trace minerals.
    • Increase your lutein intake. Lutein is an important nutrient that supports eye health. Some sources of lutein include kale, spinach, corn, and squash.

    Watch for these warning signs

    It’s important to keep moving throughout your pregnancy. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has some good recommendations here.

    Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine. And if you experience any of these symptoms, stop what you’re doing, and call your doctor if symptoms are intense or do not subside:

    • Chest pain
    • Decreased fetal movements
    • Difficulty walking
    A pregnant woman in a tank top holding her belly

    Things to think about now

    Tips for managing heartburn and constipation.
    Heartburn or constipation might start occuring during your 26th week 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.
    • Wait several hours before lying down after eating.
    • Ask your doctor about antacids that are okay to take during pregnancy.

    Try these techniques for relieving constipation:

    • Eat fiber-rich foods.
    • Drink plenty of fluids – at least ten 8-ounce glasses per 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. As few as an extra 10 minutes might offer the boost your system needs. Always consult your doctor before starting any new exercises.
    A pregnant woman lying on the ground outside with legs folded

    What happens next week

    Now hear this! Your baby knows your voice.
    The hills are alive with the sound of your voice as your baby starts finding it familiar.