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Week 26 lashes are now well formed, and the hair on his or her head is longer and more plentiful. Your baby still looks red and wrinkled, but more fat is accumulating under the skin with each passing day. As your baby continues to gain weight over the next 14 weeks until birth, this wrinkly suit of skin will become a better fits.

26 weeks pregnant

Your baby’s footprints and fingerprints are now formed. All the components that make up the eyes have developed, but your baby probably won’t open his or her eyes for about two more weeks.

You and your body - Week 26

If you are working you need to decide when you are going to stop. Remember that you should notify your employer in writing by the end of the 15th week before your baby is due. Your partner must also tell his employer if he intends to take Paternity Leaver. If you haven't started taking regular exercise you should now, because this will help prepare your body for the rigours of labour.

Your growing baby - Week 26

Although still appearing rather scrawny, the baby is beginning to lay down fat under the skin. This fat will help regulate body temperature now and after the birth. The baby is around 14 inches (35,5 cm) long and weighs approximately 1.7 pound (750 grams)

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