26 Weeks Pregnant

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Your Body

At 26 weeks pregnant, you may have gained between 15 and 22 pounds (that’s fairly typical for this stage). And, frankly, you may be freaking out about it. You know it’s a necessary and inevitable part of pregnancy -- but at the same... Read more

Your Baby

That kid can move! You may notice your baby is very active -- kicking and thumping and whooshing around inside your belly. It’s common between weeks 24 and 28 -- when your baby is still small enough that he’s got plenty of room to move... Read more

Your Life Right Now

Do you have a birth plan -- or at least a rough idea of how you’d like labor and delivery to go? Of course, your baby may have other ideas that completely change whatever “plan” you initially had. But it’s worth giving some... Read more

Moms Like Me / I Wish I Had Known

"My belly button’s been popped out for months -- even before I had an obvious "belly." It surprised me because it never popped out with DD. During that pregnancy, it just went from "inny" to non-existent.Just recently,... Read more

26 Weeks Pregnant: Your Body

At 26 weeks pregnant, you may have gained between 15 and 22 pounds (that’s fairly typical for this stage). And, frankly, you may be freaking out about it. You know it’s a necessary and inevitable part of pregnancy -- but at the same time, when have you ever put on this much weight so quickly? It’s not selfish or superficial of you to worry about the number on the scale. Almost every mom-to-be nail bites about what will happen to her body -- and whether it will return to its pre-pregnancy shape. But here are a few things to consider: First, the majority of the weight you gain is not actually fat. Take a look at how it breaks down throughout your pregnancy. 

The baby: 6.5 to 9 pounds

Amniotic fluid: 2 pounds

Placenta: 1.5 pounds

Increase of blood volume: 3 to 4 pounds

Increase of fluid volume: 2 to 3 pounds

Expanded uterus: 2 pounds

Breasts: 1 to 3 pounds

Fat stores and muscle development: 6 to 8 pounds

Total: 24 to 32.5 pounds

And second, if there’s one thing the slew of instantly-slim celebrity moms has proven to us, it’s that it is absolutely possible to snap back after the baby arrives. It might not happen as maddeningly fast as it does for stars who have a team of trainers and chefs to help them, but if you work at it, it will happen! Just try to keep eating right, exercising regularly and don’t let the scale needle bug you so much.  

26 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby

That kid can move! You may notice your baby is very active -- kicking and thumping and whooshing around inside your belly. It’s common between weeks 24 and 28 -- when your baby is still small enough that he’s got plenty of room to move and ample amniotic fluid to allow for it. You may feel your baby jump in response to loud sounds or settle down when you read or talk to him. Your baby can likely respond to touch, so see if you can get her to bliss out and relax if you rub your belly -- or awaken if you tap on it.

Your Life Right Now

Do you have a birth plan -- or at least a rough idea of how you’d like labor and delivery to go? Of course, your baby may have other ideas that completely change whatever “plan” you initially had. But it’s worth giving some advanced thought to things like whether or not you’d like to have family members in the delivery room, along with your doctor and your partner. Or know who will be responsible for bringing your overnight bag to the hospital and attend to you once you check in. Other Qs: Do you want a doctor to deliver you, or a midwife? Do you plan on a drug-free delivery, or do you want an epidural? Your birth plan can change and shift, of course, as the weeks go on. And nothing is set in stone -- birth is an adventure! -- but it can help you feel more confident once you get to the hospital if you have all your major bases mentally covered.

Moms Like Me / I Wish I Had Known

"My belly button’s been popped out for months -- even before I had an obvious "belly." It surprised me because it never popped out with DD. During that pregnancy, it just went from "inny" to non-existent.

Just recently, though, I’m unable to hide it. I wear tank tops and pants with high panels to try and hide it, but even they can't contain the beast anymore.  I was teased about it just yesterday at work." --aymers099

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I went to bed last night on a high because DH finally got to feel the baby move! I dreamt that baby came early and I gave birth to her and she was not a human. She was a baby polar bear! I breastfed and everything. I woke up a little disturbed. Strange things, that pregnancy does! --scjeter

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