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Week 26 of Pregnancy


Your baby’s heartbeat has now dropped to an average of 150 beats a minute.

Its skin, though still very wrinkled, is thickening to gradually become opaque. A layer of fat slowly begins to build up beneath the skin and the exterior is covered in a protective white, greasy substance called the vernix caseosa produced by the sebaceous glands. Many babies are born with smears of vernix still apparent. The vernix also acts as a lubricant in the womb so that the baby does not get tangled in the umbilical cord and become in danger of cutting off its own food and oxygen supply.

Its body length will increase by an average of 1cm a week. As it continues to grow, you may notice stretchmarks appearing. These usually fade after the birth.


Your protein intake should be increased during this period of rapid growth. It is needed to repair your body and make enzymes and vital body chemicals. It is also needed for your baby’s growth.

To avoid stretch marks rub olive oil into your buttocks, thighs, breasts and stomach.

A reliable washing machine will cut your workload after your baby is born. If you haven’t already got one, place it on your wishlist. Alternatively, persuade your doting family members to pool resources and purchase a nappy-wash service for your first three months.

Feeling overwhelmed? The Australian Bush Flower Essence Bottlebrush can help you come to terms with your changing body and lifestyle.

Listen to your body. If you are really worried call your doctor, no matter how trivial your concern may seem.

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