Monday, May 17, 2010

{What's Going On With Reegan This Week}

Your baby has put on quite a bit of weight by week 26 and is now a whopping 1.7 pounds. Your baby's total length is about 14 inches. Your baby is now starting to add a little fat to her bones, though she won't start accumulating too much fat until the last few weeks of pregnancy.

Your baby's heart continues to grow and develop at 26 weeks. You may even be able to hear your baby's heart beat through a traditional stethoscope placed on your stomach. Don't get too excited though, some women can go their entire pregnancy without being able to locate their baby's heartbeat using a stethoscope. The Doppler ultrasound is a much more effective and efficient way of measuring your baby's heartbeat throughout pregnancy. 
In addition to organ maturation the nerve pathways in your baby's ears continue to develop and this will allow your baby to respond to sounds more consistently. You might notice your baby jumping more often now to loud noises. This is a good time to start playing some relaxing music to your little one. Some parents even enjoy reading to their babies during this time.

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