Contractions, known as the Braxton Hicks contractions start appearing on a regular basis to women who have entered the 26th week of their pregnancy. There should not be a matter of concern for the mothers-to-be, as these contractions are painless and help them prepare for their labor. They may continue to experience symptoms such as heartburn, and pain in the ribs. Women are advised to consult a doctor if these symptoms worsen or persist for too long. Although women do gain weight at this stage of their pregnancy, it may seem to vary due to water-retention and bloating. Sciatica pain is also a common complaint around this time. The aches and the pains, say doctors, can relieved by doing some light exercises. This will not only help them relax, but also improve the blood circulation in their bodies. There may also be a significant increase in the frequency to urinate.
Your Baby’s Development
By the 26th week of pregnancy, the baby’s eyes and eyelids have developed enough for it to be able to open and close them. Its blood circulation becomes functional, and it also develops the sense of touch. It may even respond to touch. In case of a male child, the testicles of the baby will move into the scrotum at this stage of pregnancy.