Fetal Development Week 26
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Welcome to week 26 of pregnancy, where your fetus is super-busy practicing for life outside of your womb-from lungs that breathe amniotic fluid to a heart that beats strongly. Get your newest fetal development update in this video.
Transcript: As your delivery date draws ever closer, your baby will be focusing on getting nice and plump for the...
As your delivery date draws ever closer, your baby will be focusing on getting nice and plump for the big day! Sure, your fetus still looks a bit wrinkly, but that booming baby is almost two full pounds by his 26th week, and should measure somewhere around 14-inches from crown to rump, which is about the size of an English hothouse cucumber. Your fetus continues to practice for life outside the womb, inhaling and exhaling small amounts of your amniotic fluid. That little heart keeps beating a strong rhythm, which you may be able to hear with just a basic stethoscope now. Plus, the nerve pathways in your baby's ears continue to develop, and you may notice that your baby frequently jumps at loud sounds. Interesting to note, the baby also responds to strong vibrations like the bass at rock concerts. If you're not already doing so, make a point to talk to your baby from here on out, and encourage your partner to follow suit. After all, your voices are one of the first things your little one will recognize outside the womb. Check back next week to see what your baby has in store for the start of your third trimester!More »
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By weeks 25 to 28 of pregnancy, your baby will likely be able to hear and see. Check out this video to learn more about this stage of pregnancy.
Transcript: As you near the end of your second trimester, you're probably unlikely to call your condition "comfortable!"...
As you near the end of your second trimester, you're probably unlikely to call your condition "comfortable!" But you can be proud of your baby's progress in this month. He or she is really growing now! By the end of your 28th week, your baby will weight in at around two and a half pounds, with a length of about 16 inches. Your baby is starting to develop blood vessels in the lungs, bringing them even closer to working on their own. In addition, the nostrils are opening, allowing him or her to practice breathing. Your baby's eyes, which have been closed up to this point, will open this month, so he or she will be even more sensitive to light than before. In addition, your previously transparent baby is turning pinker. This happens as his or her tiny capillaries begin to fill with blood. While your baby has had the capacity to hear muffled sounds for some time, stronger nerves leading to the ear and advanced brain-wave activity are now developing. That means that your baby may be able to hear and respond to your voice! So try reading and talking to your tummy this month. What else is going on in there? When not practicing for life outside your body, your baby is sleeping. And brain wave scans show that he or she is experiencing dreams. Aside from that protruding navel...which occurs when your uterus swells enough to push your abdomen forward...what else will you notice during your seventh month? As unpleasant as it may be, if you're like more than half of pregnant women, you're experiencing an embarrassing pregnancy symptom on the backside: hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids, which are really varicose veins in your rectal wall, can cause itching and pain, especially during a bowel movement. They occur as increased blood flow to the pelvic area causes swelling. For hemorrhoid relief, increase your fluid and fiber intake to ensure that you don't become constipated. Over-the-counter hemorrhoidal creams or a witch hazel compress may also help. As you enter your third trimester at this month's end, you will probably notice an increase in edema, or swelling, to your hands, feet, and ankles. Another unpleasant symptom that some women notice this month is sciatica, a sharp pain that radiates from the buttocks to the legs. Sciatica pain may occur as your fetus grows and puts pressure on the sciatic nerve in your spine. Gentle stretching exercises, physical therapy, or massage may ease the pain. Two trimesters down...one to go! Before you know it, your baby will be in your arms and annoying symptoms, from swelling to sciatica, will be a distant memory.More »
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Just like any other week in your pregnancy, week 25 will bring a number of changes as your baby grows-- think hair! Find out more by watching this video.
Transcript: Week 25 is a period of continued growth for your baby. Your fetus will continue to make his or her presence...
Week 25 is a period of continued growth for your baby. Your fetus will continue to make his or her presence known with kicks and jabs, which you may notice most at night. If your fetus is prone to sleeping the most during YOUR day, it's because the movements of your active body are soothing. Your baby's grown a full inch and a half since last week, and now measures in at about thirteen and a half inches. He's bigger too, and that pound and a half frame can be compared in size to a rutabaga. And while your baby has been covered with downy lanugo for some time, he'll start growing additional hair on that little head this week. To find out what week 26 brings, check back right here for your next video update!More »
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In fetal development week 27, your baby looks like, well, your baby…just thinner and smaller. He or she is also about this size of a cauliflower head. Learn more about what's happening to your baby.
Transcript: Welcome to the end of your second trimester-you're nearing home stretch in your 40-week pregnancy! By...
Welcome to the end of your second trimester-you're nearing home stretch in your 40-week pregnancy! By now, your baby looks very similar to the way he'll appear at birth, albeit thinner and smaller. And although your little one's lungs and immune system still need to fully mature, if your baby were to be born now, though not ideal, chances are that with special neo-natal care your little one would probably be OK. Of course, you want that baby to stay safe and warm inside you for a few more weeks! After all, your little one is only about 14.5 inches and a bit bigger than two pounds, rather like a head of cauliflower. And while your baby continues to grow inside you, your little one is probably sleeping and waking at regular intervals. You may notice occasional rhythmic movements in your belly during waking hours, which are just normal cases of baby hiccups. Although your fetus's eyes have been fused shut up to now, the retina, or light sensitive portion, has begun to mature. The result? Your baby's eyes will open in the next week or so, and will be able to see what's going on in the world of the womb. Excited to know what happens next? Check back for your 28th week update!More »
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Do you want to find out how much your baby weighs during fetal development week 28? Think Chinese cabbage. Watch this video for more information.
Transcript: Do you know what a Chinese cabbage looks like? You'll want to find out, as this vegetable has something...
Do you know what a Chinese cabbage looks like? You'll want to find out, as this vegetable has something in common with your fetus this week! It's true: Your rapidly developing baby hits the two pound, two ounce mark this week, and weighs roughly the same as this little known cabbage. In addition, your little one measures 14.8 inches from head to heels, or ten inches from crown to rump. At your next pre-natal appointment, it's possible to tell, by palpating the belly, whether your baby is lying headfirst or feet-first in your womb. Babies who are in the breech-or feet-first-position have almost three months left to turn around-and most fetuses do. Some babies may remain in the breech position and may need to be delivered via c-section. In other news, your baby's eyes are open and blinking now. In fact, your baby may sense light filtering through your stomach. Plus, that little brain is ever expanding, developing billions of tiny neurons in preparation for life outside the womb. Want to know what will happen at the beginning of your sixth month? You know where to turn for next week's facts!More »
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