Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Your Baby's Development at Week 26 of Pregnancy

When you are 26 weeks pregnant, your baby will start looking more like a "normal baby," the way he or she will appear at birth. Over the next 14 weeks he or she will continue to put on fat as it gets closer to delivery time.
Although your baby's eyes have been sealed shut for the last few months to allow the retinas to develop, they are likely opening and beginning to blink during week 26 of pregnancy.
Other fetal development that is occurring when you are 26 weeks pregnant includes the following:
  • Your baby begins to make breathing movements (although there is no air in the lungs)
  • Your baby will respond to touch
  • Your baby is replacing the amniotic fluid every hour.
When you're 26 weeks pregnant, your baby's eyelids, eyebrows, and fingernails are present, but they are pretty short.