Health & Wellness News and Tips
Priya K + Follow 24 Feb 2017
Week 26 Pregnancy

Congratulations! You have entered the last phase of your second trimester.

GROWTH OF THE BABY:Around 13-14 inches long and 2 pounds heavy, your tiny creation of love is about the size of a cabbage. Your baby’s sex was determined at the time of conception. The genitals are on their way to be completely formed. As the sense organs become more refined, the baby can probably recognize the gentle sound of the mother and differentiate other sounds. The lungs are toiling hard, practicing respiration. The body is getting prepared to face the outer world.  

CHANGES IN MOTHER’S BODY:Your uterus has moved up by two inches above your navel to accommodate your baby’s growth spurt. Statistics suggest that 9% of pregnant women experience gestational diabetes. It is a condition in which a pregnant woman without diabetes develops high blood sugar levels during pregnancy.
Causes that trigger the condition:

  • Overweight
  • Family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome

The condition increases the risk of:

  • Pre-eclampsia- a disorder characterized by high blood pressure and release of large amount of protein in the urine.
  • Depression
  • &the baby is at a risk of being born too large in size, Jaundice or low blood sugar levels at the time of birth.

The common symptoms of gestational diabetes are:

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Glucose tolerance Test is the best way to determine if the baby is at risk.

IN FOCUS: BRAXTON HICKS CONTACTIONS
They are also known as prodromal labor or practice contractions or false labor. These are sporadic uterine contractions, usually experienced in the second or third trimester.
It results in the tightening of uterine muscles for a minute or two, usually considered a preparation before childbirth. Not all expecting mothers experience these cramps.

INVESTIGATIONS AND CONSULTATIONS: CBC, HbA1C, Urine Routine, TSH

PURPLE HEALTH RECOMMENDS:Warm showers, hot compress and avoiding strenuous activities could possibly help you in battling the stress and carrying the weight around. Fill up a tub of warm water. Add essential oils and scents. It can do wonders to bring back the calm. It would also guarantee you a good night’s sleep. You can increase your chitchat time with your baby. Involve your partner so that the connection strengthens further. Fetal hiccup is a normal phenomenon felt by most mothers to be. Don’t be surprised; you little one is probably missing you. However, if the condition persists, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Article verified by Dr. Anupama R, MBBS, DGO, DNM, MNAMS, Infertility IVF Specialist, Pran Fertility and Well Woman Centre, Trivandrum.

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