Updated 08 October 2018

Week 26: 14 weeks to go!

Start shopping around for a good antenatal class.

Your baby is growing by the day!

Your baby's progress:

  • 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 or she may react to bright light aimed at the uterus.
  • Brainwave activity begins.

Your progress:

  • Dental problems are common because of your 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.

Good to know:

  • Some foods may contain bacteria that can harm your baby. Avoid soft cheeses, and undercooked meats like sushi.

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