Closing in on the Third Trimester – 26 Weeks Pregnant

November 12, 2012

Closing in on the Third Trimester – 26 Weeks Pregnant

So, you’re 26 weeks pregnant and closing in on the third trimester. You have 10 weeks before the big event occurs. Your abdomen is expanding rapidly week by week and you are feeling a little more uncomfortable as you go. The fetus is moving more than ever and will increase as time goes by. If you have not taken a prenatal course at this time, it is a good idea to join one. You might want to talk with other women who have been pregnant and share in your thoughts and get information from someone who is experienced.

At 26 weeks pregnant, progesterone levels are higher than they have ever been. This causes relaxation of various tissues in your body including the gastrointestinal tract. This may cause digestion and constipation problems for you. One way to combat this issue is to eat foods that are high in fiber. So take in whole vegetables, fruits and lots of oatmeal. Eat things that are easy to digest and promote intestinal flow with soluble and insoluble fiber. You may begin experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions at 26 weeks pregnant. This is contraction of the uterus, it is not painful, it is normal and a way of preparing for the birthing process to come. This helps to tone the uterus and that will help you later. Remember to remain active and do you exercises every day. This will help with the constipation situation as well. You may also experience restless leg syndrome. It may help if you stretch your calves and massage the muscles as well to calm them down. Back pain, headaches and of course leg cramps tend to get worse at this time along with higher blood pressure. Again, exercise and massage will help with this. And, don’t forget to increase your caloric intake by about 300 cals per day as this is needed for increased fetal development.

This is not a good time to become anemic. Your healthcare provider will probably run blood tests periodically to insure you have plenty of red blood cells to support you and your fetus. You also need to be careful about walking. Don’t overdo it, stay out of the cold and sun. Avoid unhealthy fatty foods so that you don’t exacerbate your indigestion problems. Try to stand up straight to maintain a good posture to prevent from hurting your spine. And, at 26 weeks pregnant, is not a good time to fly.

If you haven’t made up a deliver plan at 26 weeks pregnant, now is a good time to do it. Make a bag with the essentials you’ll need for your stay at the hospital. Determine who will take you to the hospital and who will be in the delivery room. Today, people actually record the birthing process so you may want to consider this and determine who will do that and secure a video camera if you don’t have one.

At 26 weeks pregnant, all is beautiful and exciting with anticipation. Just remember to be careful with what you do. You’ve gained considerable weight and need to be careful about balance and don’t trip over your own feet and you should be fine.

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