Week 26



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You might be experiencing:

  • backache
  • braxton Hicks contractions
  • vivid dreams.

You’ll be gaining weight, and your centre of gravity has shifted. This can sometimes make you feel a bit clumsy as you get used to doing things and lifting things in different ways. The way you walk might change slightly too.

If you have a ‘negative’ blood type, you might be offered a special injection called Anti-D this week, or at your next antenatal appointment.

Preparing your home

You might already be making changes to your home for baby’s arrival. Getting your home ready and collecting the things your baby will need can help you and your family feel ready for the birth.

It can be tempting to buy all kinds of stuff. But there are only a few things that your baby absolutely needs. Safety should always be the priority when choosing equipment for babies and baby furniture.

Your baby


  • measures about 23 cm from head to bottom, and weighs around 820 gm
  • can hear, see and taste
  • might move in response if you firmly run your hand over your belly
  • starts growing a lot of fat and muscle from about now.

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