Your Pregnancy: 26 weeks pregnant

This week the blood vessels in your baby’s lungs are developing to prepare her for breathing when she’s born.


26 weeks pregnant

Your baby
From the crown of her head to the bottom of her buttocks, your baby is about 23 cm (9.2 in) long. Now she tips the scales at about 910 g (2 pounds!) and she’s starting to put on weight that will fill out the wrinkles in that fetal skin of hers.

Feeling blue
It’s normal to feel down sometimes during pregnancy—after all, you’re going through huge changes, with more to come! But if your blues just won’t let up, talk it over with your caregiver. Depression during pregnancy is not as well recognized as the postpartum variety, but it is very real and can be relieved.

Read more: Prenatal anxiety: Tips and treatment>

Good question! Is fish safe to eat?
Fish provides lean protein and a great source of omega-3, but you may be worried by reports of mercury in some fish sources. The bottom line? You should definitely keep eating fish, but there are some kinds you should avoid. Check our fish safety list, and enjoy!

Read more: Pregnancy: What foods to avoid>

Fun fact
By the end of your pregnancy your uterus will contain about 1 litre of amniotic fluid!

Could a new baby affect your marriage?
Make no mistake, first-time parenthood is a thrill. But a new baby can definitely toss your relationship into uncharted territory.

Read more: Is your marriage ready for a baby?>

Looking ahead
It’s natural to wonder about labour—every pregnant woman does. Now is a good time to start finding out what to expect.

Did you know that labour has three stages? During the first stage of labour, your cervix—which looks like a thick donut with a hole in the middle—will gradually thin out and contractions will open it up to make way for your baby. The second stage of labour is the pushing stage. It usually starts once your cervix has dilated 10 cm (4 in) and ends with the delivery of your baby.

In the third stage of labour, your uterus contracts and pushes out the placenta, which you no longer need to nourish your baby.

Read more: The stages of labour>

Originally posted in January 2011.