Your pregnancy and baby guide
You and your baby at 26 weeks pregnant
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- Secrets to success
- Am I pregnant?
- Early days
- Week by week
- Preparing for the birth
- Work out your due date
- Tests scans and checks
- Your pregnancy (antenatal) care
- Your health and wellbeing
- Existing health problems
- Common pregnancy ailments
- Pregnancy-induced conditions
Labour and birth
- The start of labour
- The birth
- Emotions and worries
- Premature babies
- How to breastfeed
- Breastfeeding problems
- Lifestyle and breastfeeding
- Bottle feeding
- Newborn screening tests
- Newborn essentials
- New parents
- New mums
- Twins and multiples
Babies and toddlers
- Weaning and solid foods
- Baby health and care
- Spotting signs of serious illness
- Reflux in babies
- How to take a baby's temperature
- Reducing the risk of SIDS
- Treating a high temperature
- Sleep problems in children
- Coughs, colds and ear infections
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Infectious illnesses
- Children's medicines
- Looking after a sick child
- Serious conditions and special needs
- Constipation in young children
- Your baby's height and weight
- Baby health and development reviews
- Leg and foot problems in children
- Learning, play and behaviour
- Safety and accidents
Your baby at 26 weeks
The baby's eyelids open for the first time around now and they will soon start blinking. It's not until some weeks after the birth that your baby's eyes become the colour they will stay.
You at 26 weeks
Pregnancy and birth can weaken the muscles of the pelvic floor and you may notice you leak pee when you cough, sneeze or strain your stomach muscles.
Your pelvic floor is made up of layers of muscles inside your body that stretch like a hammock from the pubic bone (in front) to the end of the backbone.
Pelvic floor exercises can help strengthen the muscles so they work better.
Things to think about at 26 weeks
Find out if you're getting all the vitamins and minerals you need.
Download a birth plan template to fill in and save, stating your preferences for labour and birth, such as pain relief, and the positions you would like to be in.
Pregnant women in England are advised to have the whooping cough vaccination between 16 and 32 weeks of pregnancy – ask your midwife or GP if you have not had yours yet.
Read about travelling safely in pregnancy.
Massaging your perineum (the area between your vagina and anus) from 35 weeks of pregnancy can reduce the chance of tearing, needing a cut (episiotomy), and postnatal perineal pain in women having their first vaginal birth.
Varicose veins are common in pregnancy – find out how to ease the pain of varicose veins.
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Page last reviewed: 04/10/2019
Next review due: 04/10/2022