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Week 26 of pregnancy | Second Trimester

(counting from the first day of last menstrual period)

Week 26 of your pregnancy is here already. It seems so long to wait for Baby’s arrival if you say there are over three months to go, but when you equate it to 14 weeks – it seems like there just isn’t enough time to prepare for the imminent arrival!

You may be feeling a lot of discomfort this week in the form of indigestion and heartburn. The reason for this is that during pregnancy the hormone progesterone slows the emptying of the stomach down in order to allow your baby to absorb more nutrients. Your expanding uterus will also put extra pressure on your intestines, causing indigestion and heartburn. Sleeping might still be uncomfortable for you as well. You may find it helpful to sleep with a body pillow or, alternatively, a few spare pillows positioned under your belly or between your legs. This should alleviate some of the strain you’ve been feeling. Your monthly appointment with your practitioner should be scheduled for round about now. Your doctor might run tests to make sure you haven’t developed certain pregnancy-related complications such as gestational diabetes or high blood pressure. Future appointments with your practitioner might become more frequent from here on in.

After a few weeks of having his or her eyes fused shut, your baby’s eyes have now opened again. This is a great time to experiment with how he or she takes to light. Just as you would see light coming through your hand if you held a torch to it, the same is true for your baby inside the womb.  Shine a torch against Mom’s belly and gauge how Baby takes to the change of light. He or she might become surprisingly active while you’re doing this. While you’re testing your baby’s senses, perhaps you should see what his or her taste in music is as well. Babies have been known to have their pulses increase when music is played to them.


With your partner’s body pillow or multiple leg and belly pillows in the bed with you, you may very well feel a little cramped. You aren’t the only man in the world to have considered spending a few nights in the spare bedroom in order to get a decent night’s sleep. Remember to keep the lines of communication open with your partner and discuss what is best for both of you. Next week is the last week of your second trimester, and we’ll take a look at Mom’s weight gain and Baby’s facial features.

Tip of the Week | be encouraged

Although your baby won't be crawling around for some months to come, it's a wise idea to start baby-proofing your home so that it's not a rush later on.

Baby Quote of the Week | be inspired

Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of Mother's Love. Maureen Hawkins

Good Reads | be informed

Teach Yourself Motherhood Judy Reith. Teach Yourself Motherhood combines inspiring stories and tips from real mothers to help you through the everyday ups and downs of being a mother. The book includes interactive quizzes, charts, and self-assessment exercises.


Baby Names we Like | be prepared