26 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

26 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

We’ve got ourselves a Butternut Squash baby, y’all!! Seriously, babies get bigger than that? No wonder I’m feeling rather large and in charge lately! 26 weeks pregnant and this bump rivals last pregnancy’s 30 week bumper. Big, butternut squash girl!

26 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

The weight of your uterus can start to cause swelling and soreness in your lower leg veins, leading to varicose veins aka spider veins. It is not uncommon for women to have varicose veins appear in their pelvic and vaginal areas as well. Regular exercise and use of support hose can significantly reduce your risk of developing varicose veins. Try to avoid sitting with your legs crossed for long periods of time, avoid constipation, and try to prop your legs up as much as possible.

26 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

Nothing big here, except that I had another check up this week. Once my doctor’s patients reach 24 weeks, we start visiting every 2 weeks. These visits are typically uneventful – just check-in’s with the occasional ultrasound and blood work if needed. After my gestational diabetes screen had me in there 3 weeks in a row, I’m DEFINITELY thankful for an uneventful appointment!

What are you feeling?

Constipation…

Yeah… no. This is no fun. Nope. Nope. Nope. Also, Here’s a big nope to going into any more detail on the constipation front. You don’t need more information than just the word. #grumpy

Anemia / Low Iron…

One thing the doctor did tell me was that my iron levels are low, which means that I need to get on an iron supplement ASAP. This is normal and I think it’s something that EVERY SINGLE PREGNANT WOMAN has to do. It’s no big deal, just means more constipation for me. Time to shove raw kale and spinach down my throat… must. get. fiber.

Pregnancy Buzz Word – Relaxin

Relaxin is a hormone produced by your ovaries and placenta to help prepare your body for childbirth. It essentially relaxes your ligaments in the pelvis and softens and widens the cervix. That’s not all it relaxes… all of your ligaments get bendy and stretchy, which can affect your balance an throw you off. It also relaxes [aka slows down] your digestive tract, causing – you guessed it – constipation.

Pregnancy Milestone – Baby Shower

You may have some friends or family members who have offered to host you a baby shower. Take the up on that offer! Baby showers are fun and they are a sweet way to celebrate momma and baby! Plus, they’re a wonderful way to offset the costs of all that expensive baby gear a bit. If this is your first babe, there’s a lot of stuff you’re going to need and your friends and family members will want to help you prepare because they’re pretty excited for your bun in the oven too!

If this is not your first baby, a baby shower is still completely appropriate. Some women call these “Baby Sprinkles” instead of showers because you probably have everything you need when it comes to the big items, but the small things [clothes, toys, bottles…] can add up, too, especially when your big baby is a different gender or you’re expecting multiples!

It’s always a good idea to create a baby registry before planning a shower so your friends and family members know what your baby still needs and which items you’ve decided are best for your little one [and fit the nursery’s aesthetic that you’ve chosen]. Make sure you check out our ultimate baby registry guide to know just what items you’ll need for baby and some of the bigger things you’ll need to consider before making your choices.

How to Survive this week:

Overall, I’m still feeling pretty good and I hope you are too! Don’t let this feeling good stuff keep you from taking your prenatal vitamins and drinking water like a boss. While an entire pizza sounds great, try and get a healthy meal in every day. Also, try and get a workout in when you can and keep those stress levels down low! Have you thought about having a baby shower yet? Perhaps now is the time to start working with some friends or family members to set one up! No matter what, you’re doing a great job! Keep it up!

2nd Trimester Resources

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 2nd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Home Tour – Baby B’s Nursery
Home Tour – Baby A’s Nursery

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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