Congratulations! If you are gaining in 26 weeks of pregnancy, you are getting closer to being a mom. It is time you take the responsibility of maintaining a healthy lifestyle as a mom-to-be, so it is best that you know what is good for the baby and you in the following weeks to come.
Did you know that, even if the usual duration of pregnancy is 40 weeks, sometimes it could occur somewhat early? If the baby is delivered before the 37th week of pregnancy, it is considered as a Preterm or Premature Birth. There could be a number of reasons behind premature births. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to signs in your changing body, and attend any and all mandatory hospital therapy prior to moving into the last trimester.
The following tips are to help the moms-to-be to get ready for the baby to arrive at any time.
1. Be Mindful of Your Posture.
Since pregnancy causes to switch the center of gravity of a woman’s frame, it may result in postural issues. This may cause you to practice some gait adjustments throughout the duration of the pregnancy. At the same time, it can result in localized aches, especially in the back and neck areas. Therefore, it would be better if you could consult a physiotherapist to aid you in coping with there difficulties prior to and after the 26th week of pregnancy.
2. Keep Away from Uncooked Eggs.
Based on new research, pre-cracked raw eggs spread damaging microbes to the fetus. However, since the baby is passing the growth level, you must eat a variety of proteins. We are not telling you to throw away all the eggs, but on the safe side, it is better to consume boiled eggs instead of raw eggs.
3. Pay Attention to the Changes in Your Body.
It is better to consult one Obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) for the duration of your pregnancy, so he or she would be familiar with your conditions when it is time for delivery. However, there is no harm in seeking a second opinion from a different OB-GYN if you have any doubts. Note any worrying symptoms that will last for a longer period of time than anticipated, such as vaginal bleeding, severe headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, vomiting or nausea that won’t go away, unusual swelling in face and fingers, and cramps or severe pain in lower abdomen. In case you suffer any of these, you must consult your doctor right away.
4. Start Building the Nursery.
If you are passing your 26th week of pregnancy, now would be an excellent time to start preparing for what comes after the baby arrives. Have a checklist and make arrangements to get the items from the closest children’s store. In the meantime, pack the essentials you will need during, as well as after, labor and child birth, and things you need for the baby, into one bag and keep it in place that can be easily reached. Inform your partner or family about the bag and give them the responsibility of bringing it to the hospital in the due time.
5. Look Out for Those Baby Kicks.
It is a wonderful experience to feel your child shifting within your womb. So, first, begin to really feel it and try to be familiar with the kicking pattern of the baby. That way you can identify if there is any changes in the movements of baby. If you detect any unusual changes that concerns you, consult your OB-GYN right away, and describe the changes to them.
The purpose of this post is to prepare any expecting mother in their 26th week of pregnancy to the wonderful experience of motherhood. Remember, as long as you are happy and healthy during your pregnancy, your baby will be happy and healthy too.