Pregnancy Stages: 26 Weeks
I'm getting closer and closer to finishing up my second trimester, which is quite hard to believe. So far, I've been staying healthy with swimming, long walks, and at least 3 days per week at the gym. Although I haven't been as regular with Yoga as I was in the beginning of my pregnancy, this week my goals is to get back to it. I've heard that the stretching exercises from Yoga are great for child birth, thus I know I need to do a better job of staying on top of that.
In TMI (too much information) news, I have at least been staying on top of my daily kegel (pelvic floor) exercises. I remember reading in one of my pregnancy books that as pregnant women, even if we do no other exercise during pregnancy, we MUST, MUST, MUST do kegels! Why? Well, not only will having strong pelvic floor muscles be of great assistance during child birth, but apparently, keeping these muscles strong will help get things back to normal after birth, if you know what I mean. Never done a kegel? It's super easy. Basically the muscles you use for kegels are the same ones that are used to stop urine flow as you use the bathroom...The only difference is that you do kegels when you're not using the bathroom. A kegel consists of tightening these muscles for at 5 seconds, release, and repeat. The great part, is that you can do them at any time of the day, at work, when your driving, cooking, watching t.v., whenever! For pregnant women, the recommendation is 100 kegels per day. And just in case we need more incentive to do our kegels, strong pelvic floor muscles can lead to better sex.
Other things I've noticed about my body include: a popped belly button, linea negra (dark line down the middle of my stomach), an achy lower abdomen (due to stretching ligaments that support my uterus), increased appetite (I caved to a nacho craving the other day), and clearer skin (hooray!). I'm also starting to feel a bit more tired, and experience more shortness of breath than I had in the prior few weeks. However, as I keep saying, all-in-all it's been a great pregnancy and I feel very blessed!
This week my son:
- Is About 2 lbs
- Is Between 9-14 inches long (wow!)
- Has eyes that are beginning to open, allowing him to see
- Has a heightened sense of hearing
- His testicles are descending into his scrotum