The nerves in your baby’s ears are well developed and more sensitive around the 26th week. The baby is able to hear both your voice and your partner’s. He can inhale and exhale small amounts of amniotic fluid, that is crucial for the development of his lungs. These breathing movements will help him when he takes his first breath of fresh air on the day of delivery. He continues to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and his length is 14 inches from head to heel. If it’s a baby boy his testicles will begin to descend to the scrotum.
Pregnancy diet must continue to be healthy and you must consume a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Blood pressure may increase slightly in some women and it may be lower than what existed in the pre-pregnancy days. Some women experience preeclampsia a serious disorder characterized by high protein and blood pressure in your urine. Other pregnancy symptoms include swelling of feet and ankles, puffiness of face and eyes, headache etc. If you experience sudden weight gain at this stage you must consult your doctor. Some women experience blurred vision, vomiting or pain in the upper abdomen at this stage.
Your lower back may ache due to both your growing uterus that stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles as well as hormonal changes that loosen your joints and ligaments. The excess weight will add work for your muscles and put your joints to increased stress. Hence you may feel exhausted at the end of the day. Standing or sitting for long periods and even walking apart from bending and lifting can all put a strain on your back. You can take a warm bath or hot compress that will provide relief.