Week 26 of Pregnancy: Baby’s Growing Brain and Maternal Milestones

Baby Size at Week 26: At week 26, your baby is approximately the size of a scallion, measuring around 14 inches (35.6 centimeters) from head to heel. The baby’s weight is about 1.7 pounds (770 grams). Your little one’s brain is developing rapidly, forming intricate connections.

Changes and State in the Mother’s Body:

  • Your uterus is now about 2.8 inches (7.1 centimeters) above your belly button.
  • You may experience increased backaches and discomfort as your baby continues to grow.
  • Your baby’s movements may become more coordinated and vigorous.
  • You might notice an increase in vaginal discharge, which is normal during pregnancy.
  • Some women may experience shortness of breath due to the growing uterus putting pressure on the diaphragm.

Common Symptoms:

  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Swelling in the handsfeet, and ankles
  • Increased heartburn and indigestion
  • Fatigue and trouble sleeping
  • Joint pain and loosening ligaments

Tips for Week 26:

  1. Stay hydrated and incorporate fiber-rich foods to ease constipation.
  2. Practice gentle stretches and exercises to alleviate joint pain and improve flexibility.
  3. Invest in comfortable shoes to support your feet and reduce swelling in the handsfeet, and ankles.
  4. Take regular breaks and practice relaxation techniques to manage fatigue and reduce stress.
  5. Maintain good posture and use a pregnancy pillow for better sleep quality and to alleviate discomfort.


  1. Are Braxton Hicks contractions normal at week 26 of pregnancy?
    • Yes, Braxton Hicks contractions are normal during pregnancy. They are usually painless and help prepare your uterus for labor. If you experience regular, frequent, or painful contractions, contact your healthcare provider.
  2. Is it common to experience swelling in the hands, feet, and ankles at week 26 of pregnancy?
    • Yes, swelling, also known as edema, is common during pregnancy due to increased fluid retention. However, if you notice sudden or severe swelling, especially in your face or hands, contact your doctor as it could be a sign of preeclampsia.
  3. Why am I experiencing joint pain and loosening ligaments during week 26 of pregnancy?
    • Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause your ligaments to become more relaxed, leading to joint pain and instability. This is a normal part of pregnancy, but be cautious with your movements to avoid injury.

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