Twenty-sixth week of pregnancy

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  • Twenty-sixth week of pregnancy
  • Symptoms of the twenty-sixth week of pregnancy
  • Health advice in the twenty-sixth week of pregnancy
  • What to do in the twenty-sixth week of pregnancy
  • The fetus in the twenty-sixth week of pregnancy

Twenty-sixth week of pregnancy

The pregnancy has reached the seventh month and the baby begins to open his eyes. With the scientific advice of the gynecologist Elisabetta Canitano, president of the non-profit association Vita di donna, let's see what happens to the woman's body and that of the child during the twenty-fifth week of pregnancy.

Symptoms of the twenty-sixth week of pregnancy

Arriving in the third and last trimester of pregnancy the body of the expectant mother begins to be affected by fatigue and stress (mental and physical) to carry in the womb a creature in continuous growth and which by now is not only reaching a considerable weight and bulk, but it moves and kicks. So in the next few weeks it will be completely normal to feel a lot more fatigued e goffe in the movements.

The pressure exerted by the uterus could also cause it backache and circulation problems, resulting in swelling on legs and feet and frequent cramps. This problem can worsen at night, with consequent worsening of the quality of rest, which however in this phase is essential for maintaining a good psychophysical state.

Another typical symptom of this moment of pregnancy can be the appearance of a strange one pruritus which, however, is not accompanied by redness of the skin (itching without rash). If this symptom persists over time, it is best to contact a doctor, as it could be a phenomenon related to a liver disease (quite rare) called cholestasis of pregnancy.

Other frequent symptoms can be:

  • hemorrhoids
  • heartburn
  • headache
  • constipation
  • dizziness 
  • epistaxis (nosebleeds)
Read also: Pregnancy cholestasis, symptoms and treatments

Health advice in the twenty-sixth week of pregnancy


As already mentioned, rest is a fundamental component in recent months. In fact, restoring sleep helps to manage the tiring days with greater serenity, as well as the moments of greater stress that await the future mother.

Advice: to rest adequately during the night it is good to find the right position that does not exert too much pressure on the stomach and legs, so as to avoid cramps or discomfort that damage the quality of rest. The best position is the one facing the left side and you can help yourself with pillows or, if the bed allows it, particular inclinations of the mattress. Useful for a good night's sleepproper nutrition (eg: no heavy foods, especially at dinner, or foods containing caffeine) ed avoid sleeping too much in the afternoon.

Read also: The examinations in pregnancy during the third trimester

What to do in the twenty-sixth week of pregnancy

The research of albumin in the urine

Among the periodic tests to be carried out during a physiological pregnancy there is also that of the urine (already done and to be repeated between 24 and 27 weeks). urine research for proteins and, among these, of albumin.

It is a protein produced by the liver and normally found in the blood. It has the task of regulating the "oncotic pressure" which serves to ensure a correct distribution of fluids in the tissues and between the blood vessels. Hopefully it is not present in the urine, or in any case it is in small quantities. When it appears in significant quantities (albuminuria) it indicates that the kidneys are not performing their function well. The presence of albumin in the urine associated with hypertension it is a sign of preeclampsia.

Read also: Preeclampsia (or gestosis) in pregnancy: symptoms, causes, treatments and how to prevent it

The fetus in the twenty-sixth week of pregnancy

At the twenty-sixth week of pregnancy, the fetus is 35-36cm long, weighs almost 800g and moves constantly.

In the intestine, the meconium, a waste substance that after birth, following the introduction of milk, will turn into real feces. Lung development continues at full speed. The first ones begin to form fat deposits, whereby the child begins to take on the appearance of a perfectly formed baby. At 26 weeks, the baby presents already formed nails and his lungs begin to produce the surfattante, a very important substance to allow the expansion of the lungs at birth and to prevent the pulmonary alveoli from collapsing with each exhalation.

Gestational age: seven months (DPP CALCULATION - Expected date of delivery)

FONTI: NHS; BabyCenter

Questions and answers

How many months are in the twenty-sixth week of pregnancy?

We enter the seventh nese and, therefore, the third quarter begins.

How's the fetus at the twenty-sixth week?

The fetus weighs about 800g, is 35cm long and continues to move its limbs and turn around in the belly.

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