WEEK 26: Storing fat reserves
Your little one will be cleverly storing fat reserves so that they can use them after birth. See all the other amazing developments this week and learn how you can cope with a bigger bump.

26 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition

At a glance

Lie on your side with a cushion between your knees for a more comfortable sleep

Elevate your head with a pillow to reduce reflux and heartburn

 

Be careful about the amount of fat you’re eating, which can slow digestion

Try new positions to sleep in as your bump gets bigger

Unborn baby at 26 weeks
That little body is getting chubbier thanks to fat accumulating gradually under the skin to provide reserves for birth. And baby’s hair and nails are well on their way too.

Baby's development at 26 weeks

Your baby’s head now measures over 7 cm in diameter, about the size of a small orange, and weighs around 900g. That little body is getting chubbier thanks to fat accumulating gradually under the skin to provide reserves for birth. And baby’s hair and nails are well on their way too. Under the gums, future teeth are now covered with enamel. Plus the grasping reflex is now well developed enough for so baby to hold onto the umbilical cord, sometimes pulling it cheerfully backwards and forwards. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal and won’t put you or your little one in any danger.

Your body

It’s night time. You’re about to go to sleep. But not baby! That’s because your movement rocks your little one to sleep. So when you wind down for the day, baby starts waking up. As your bump gets bigger and bigger, it might be more difficult to find a position you can sleep in. The most convenient position to lie in for the next few weeks will probably be on your side. Try placing a cushion between your knees to make it a bit more comfortable.

Woman relaxing on her bed and holding her baby bump

Nutrition

If you suffer from reflux and heartburn at night, try elevating your head a bit with a pillow. It’s a good idea to keep your evening meal light too. Pay attention to how much fat you are eating, as it can slow down digestion and make you feel worse . If having a light evening meal gives you night cravings, try having a snack an hour before bed, such as bread and jam, a serving of dairy or some fruit.

Pregnancy tips

Your bump might feel a bit tighter, and it’s starting to get a bit tight for baby in there too. Baby will still have room to perform somersaults and acrobatics at the moment, however as weeks go by the room available will become less. However,  if you are concerned with the amount your baby is moving or feel that the movements are less than your baby’s usual amount of movements, do seek medical advice.

For advice on baby’s movements, visit https://www.rcog.org.uk/ or http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stillbirth/pages/prevention.aspx

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Important advice to mothers

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. SMA® Nutrition fully supports this and continued breastfeeding, along with the introduction of complementary foods as advised by your healthcare professional.

 

 

 

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