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26 Weeks Pregnant – What to Expect Your 26th Week of Pregnancy

What size is your baby at week 26? Heidi Murkoff from the What To Expect When Expecting series tells us what’s happening this week during your pregnancy.

Your little one is the size of a turnip, weighs a whole two pounds, and is measuring 9-plus inches! Even though your baby’s eyes have been closed the past few month, they are now opening (unfortunately, the inside of the uterus isn’t all too exciting). Brain wave activity starts kicking in at this point in fetal development, hearing and responding to noises from the outside world.

At two pounds and nine inches long, your little nestling is having an eye-opening week. Until now, his fetal eyes were under wraps, quietly developing beneath fused eyelids. But now it’s time for the big reveal, as his eensy optic orbs open and blink. Of course, these newbie peepers are just learning to focus. Plus, there’s not much to see in the murk of his cozy confines. Still, it’s a big milestone and important practice for the moment when your little one’s eyes and yours lock for the first time.

Are you wondering if you’ll be looking into baby blues or greens or browns? Right now, the irises are still pretty pale. Pigmentation comes in over the next few months and even at birth, eye color is often in transition. It may not be clear if you’ve got a green-, blue-, or brown-eyed honey until he’s at least six months old.

Your baby’s first blinks of an eye may be adorable, but they’re also a very important developmental step. Blinking is a skill that’s essential in the outside world because it lubricates the eyes and protects them from foreign objects, including your little one’s own wayward fingers.

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Looking a little lower on that adorable face, nerves around that bow-shaped mouth and lips are getting a lot more sensitive now, prepping baby for the all-important task of honing in on mom’s nipple once he’s born. Already, he’ll try to mouth whatever comes near those lips, including the umbilical cord.

And high inside that mouth – higher up in the gums than those baby teeth buds that developed earlier – are the first inklings of permanent teeth. Right now they’re just tiny buds, and they’ve got a lot of hibernating to do before they’re ready to poke out, but in six or so years, they’ll grow into pearly whites that’ll last your little one his whole life.

In other development news, your maturing baby is better coordinated now, especially when it comes to his hands. He can easily make a fist, suck his thumb, clasp his hands together, and even play with his toes. Can’t wait until you’ll be able to play with his tiny digits yourself? Why not start some baby games now with some poking play? Try returning his pokes with your own gentle prodding through your belly. You’ll both get a kick out of that.

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StevenL
StevenL
2 years ago

That baby looks like my history teacher

Soul Shine77
Soul Shine77
2 years ago

I like these videos except they are waaay off with how long the baby should be at 26 weeks & as so as their other videos… your baby is more like 13 inches at 26 weeks

jenny alejandra chow
jenny alejandra chow
2 years ago

9 inches long that not right😑😑 I am 26 weeks pregnant and my baby is 2 pound and about 14 inches long 😞😞

Julie Matthews
Julie Matthews
2 years ago

Bahahah I saw that baby and headed straight for the comments to see what kinda reactions people had

june2110
june2110
2 years ago

This isn't a pleasant video

unbothered_thorne
unbothered_thorne
2 years ago

That baby better come out ready to pay rent looking like that

ATLien bratt
ATLien bratt
2 years ago

26weeks today💝

Angie B
Angie B
2 years ago

I felt like I needed to turn my head crooked to match hers lol

Megan S
Megan S
2 years ago

They said the baby's eyes are just opening but I saw my baby blink at the 20w ultrasound

Danielle Brown
Danielle Brown
1 year ago

I’m reading these comments OMG funny as hell 😂😂😂

Chelsea Miller
Chelsea Miller
1 year ago

I’m now 26 weeks pregnant and expecting my first son 😍

Rayenell Tom
Rayenell Tom
1 year ago

This lady is so annoying

gina jose
gina jose
1 year ago

This baby is not cute at all

Elyse Nordby
Elyse Nordby
1 year ago

I can't handle the black bra and yellow shirt and how this woman tilts her head. It's very distracting!

HeavenlyGlory
HeavenlyGlory
1 year ago

Y'all need to stop! Got me laughing so hard, my baby kicked tf outta me😂😂😂😂😂😂

Vay Witherspoon
Vay Witherspoon
1 year ago

This comment section 😂😂😂😂

Shanterria Walker
Shanterria Walker
1 year ago

I'm 26 weeks pregnant as of yesterday 😍😌

Sebastian Jungle
Sebastian Jungle
1 year ago

the baby looks weird. in this video

Jasmine Rubin
Jasmine Rubin
1 year ago

The baby doesn't have a lot of fat deposits yet, making it look like that.

Khalee Fox
Khalee Fox
1 year ago

I put a flashlight on my stomach this week and she kicked the light really hard 😂

Srta.TacoMal
Srta.TacoMal
1 year ago

I read in another source that for boys, this is the week the family jewels should descend into their throne.

Marshay Marshayy
Marshay Marshayy
1 year ago

Grandaddy baby shark doo doo doo doo doo doo 😭😭😭😫😫🤣😂😂😂

Sa'Mya Lanae
Sa'Mya Lanae
1 year ago

That baby got 2 grandkids😭

Carole M
Carole M
1 year ago

Anyone else still super emotional? Literally started bawling when she was talking about baby locking eyes with us for the first time 😅

samuraioj
samuraioj
1 year ago

9 inches? The baby is 14 inches at 26 weeks…Even your own website says that. Here is a quote from your website. "She now weighs a full 2 pounds and measures 14-plus inches long."

cokoqt81
cokoqt81
1 year ago

That baby look like he just got off parole. Lol

sunny 1019
sunny 1019
11 months ago

Why did that baby look like a fully grown man??🧐

Chabelys Rodriguez
Chabelys Rodriguez
10 months ago

That baby looks like he got a mortgage already

ChefTrex Gaming
ChefTrex Gaming
9 months ago

Excited to see my baby boy 👶

Athena Avila
Athena Avila
9 months ago

Just turned 26 weeks on Thursday. My first baby, and I'm blessed with a baby girl 💕💕💕😍😍😍😍

Samantha Lopez
Samantha Lopez
9 months ago

Finally 26 weeks yeah

MaryLeila2245
MaryLeila2245
8 months ago

26 weeks today with my third. Team green 😁

Cheyenne Moesafier
Cheyenne Moesafier
8 months ago

Today I am 26 weeks and 2 days 😍

Pumkin Montana
Pumkin Montana
8 months ago

26 weeks pregnant today due date September 21 😩 I’m having a boy

Kishawna Hylton
Kishawna Hylton
8 months ago

Dwl that old baby tho🤣🤣🤣

David Williams
David Williams
8 months ago

When do the baby teeth show up after they are born
How do the teeth get thru the Gums ?
Are there little channels in the Gums ahead of time in place for the teeth to push through ?

unique whittnay
unique whittnay
8 months ago

Who here in 🤗🥰😘2020

Amber xx
Amber xx
8 months ago

26 weeks today with my little girl 🥰

Anna and JP
Anna and JP
8 months ago

26 weeks right now 💕

Melinda Zavala
Melinda Zavala
7 months ago

Vin diesel did great in this role!!! What will he do next?? 😜

Hope Gallant
Hope Gallant
7 months ago

Glad I’m not the only one who thought the baby looked liked a grown ass man. Like damn. He mean mugging in that womb lol

Kyndal Garrett
Kyndal Garrett
7 months ago

That’s a pretty chiseled jawline for an unborn baby lol. I’m over here like “SOMEONE NEEDS TO FIRE THE TECHNICAL TEAM THAT MAKES THE CGI EXAMPLE BABY”

emmiezen
emmiezen
7 months ago

Y’all in these comments! 😂😭

Dominika Saletra
Dominika Saletra
7 months ago

Sweet lord the baby looks like a lil Voldemort when they took him out the grave 😐💀

LoreleiAC
LoreleiAC
6 months ago

These comments are too funny! I'm 26 weeks tomorrow! 😀

Mink.
Mink.
4 months ago

I can’t wait till I have my baby girl 🥺❤️

Toni Vilomar
Toni Vilomar
3 months ago

26 weeks today with my girls 💞

ItzCrack
ItzCrack
3 months ago

I'm 26 weeks and 4 days so why has my baby girl been outside down sents 20 weeks is that fine for her to still be head down

Rahinatu Osman
Rahinatu Osman
3 months ago

Thank you so much for your time

Rahinatu Osman
Rahinatu Osman
3 months ago

Thank you so much for your time

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