Your uterus is now about 3 ¾ inches above your belly button. Your weight gain on average is between 17 and 24 pounds by this week of pregnancy.
You may be feeling increasingly uncomfortable in your body. Your ligaments and muscles are becoming more elastic. This can cause back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, pelvic pain, sciatica pain, and many other discomforts. Many women experience leg cramps as well.
You may be having difficulty sleeping, and your baby may be keeping you awake at night kicking.
How Big is Your Baby?
Your baby is about 14-16 inches long from head to toe and weighs about 2 ½ pounds.
What Does a Fetus Look Like at 28 weeks? - Video
At 26 weeks form fertilization all components required for a sense of smell are fully operational. Click to watch video
View 4D ultrasound of a baby in the womb at 28 weeks (26 weeks since conception)……video of fetus in the womb
How is Your Baby Developing?
Your baby’s lungs are now able to breathe air. Your baby is continuing to swallow amniotic fluid and its swallowing skills are improving as are its sucking ability.
Your baby’s sleeping and waking schedule are becoming more regular, however your baby most likely only sleeps for 20 to 30 minutes at a stretch.
Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy
If you are feeling uncomfortable in your body, try prenatal yoga. Swimming is also wonderful for the body and will help you feel more loose and flexible without any impact on your body. Taking a warm bath can also feel very soothing.
Meditation can also help you feel relaxed and refreshed. There are some wonderful CD’s that can help you enter a meditative state.
Some women find acupuncture, pregnancy massage, or chiropractic visits helpful in alleviating pain.
Check into some gentle pain relief techniques that your partner can assist you with in order to help you to feel better. You can find this type of information in the book Pregnancy Pain Relief.