Updated 21 November 2014

Week 26: 14 weeks to go!

You might want to start shopping around for a good antenatal class right now.


What is happening to your baby:

  • Your baby measures about 23cm crown to rump and 32cm from head to toe.
  • Airs sacs in the lungs begin to develop.
  • The lungs secrete surfactant which covers the inner lining of the air sacs. It allows the lungs to expand normally during breathing.
  • Your baby may jump in response to loud sounds.
  • He/she may react to bright light aimed at the uterus.
  • Brain wave activity begins.

What is happening to you:

  • Dental problems are common because of increased levels of oestrogen and progesterone.
  • If you feel your uterus contract you may be experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions. Don’t panic – this is your body’s way of preparing you for labour and the contractions tone up your uterus.

What to do:

  • Visit your dentist and brush up on oral hygiene.
  • If you haven’t found a good antenatal class yet, start looking for one.


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