Pregnancy week 26

You have a blinking baby! That’s not an excited exclamation – your baby can actually blink. Baby will turn in response to a light being shone through the womb and can already respond to sounds outside the womb.

The baby has been aware of sounds such as your digestion and heartbeat for some time. Sudden noises may make the baby jump, which will feel a bit strange.

Veins are visible through your baby’s skin, although it is quickly changing from transparent to opaque. S/he weighs 1lb 12oz (794g) and measures 32.5cm.

Mum should be able to safely travel by plane, although you should consult your GP first and obtain a letter to take with you because flying after this time increases your risk of high blood pressure and premature birth. Airlines all have slightly different policies but usually you should be able to travel up to week 28, and if you are flying for less than 4 hours you should be able to travel until week 36.

High blood pressure may be a sign of pre-eclampsia – but not definitely. Pre-eclampsia is a serious condition, which can be very dangerous to both mum and baby. The cause of pre-eclampsia isn’t fully understood but you can help prevent high blood pressure by eating a healthy diet with less salt, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, and reducing alcohol and caffeine intake.

As well as you feeling movements of the baby, other people should now also be able to feel them when they put their hand on your tummy.

Look at pillows that will help you find a comfortable position in the night – getting a comfy night’s sleep is a real challenge by now.

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