In addition to bloating and general tiredness, you may also notice a decrease in memory or difficulty in processing information due to what they often call the “pregnancy brain.” You may also experience migraines, morning sickness, and clumsiness due to a shifted center of gravity.
Most symptoms for the third trimester may set in as early as now. A common symptom is some pain in the pelvis, because of your bones and ligaments being loosened. Because of the shift in weight distribution, this is also very likely to strain your back. In general, expect growing pains for the rest of your pregnancy.
Symptoms that could set in this week are Braxton Hicks contractions, or “practice” contractions, that usually occurs late into the second trimester or the moment you enter your third trimester.
Your Doctor Visits
By week 26 of pregnancy baby development, it is normal to feel stressed and anxious. Talking to your partner, doctor, and support system is helpful in times like these.
Since your body is overly sensitive and more susceptible to bacteria, be mindful of contracting a urinary tract infection. If you have any pain while relieving yourself, talk to your doctor immediately.
Health & Safety
This might be an overwhelming time, but do schedule a prenatal appointment with your doctor to discuss your initial plans for delivery.
This is also the best time to ask your doctor about what changes you should prepare for as your baby’s growth is expected to spike in the coming weeks.
To help alleviate some of the symptoms like bloating and gas, you may try light exercise. Consult your doctor for what is safe for your pregnancy.
For the Braxton Hicks contractions that you may experience at this time, closely monitor how often these and occur and stay hydrated. These contractions are likely to happen after physical activity and are often exacerbated by lack of hydration. Make sure you drink enough fluids and mind how you are feeling whenever you decide to do light exercises.
Week 26 of pregnancy baby development is marked by exciting significant physical changes, which may leave you feeling a little overwhelmed. But do not worry and stay calm. Enjoy seeing and feeling the extraordinary progress of your pregnancy.
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