Week 26

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Your uterus provides a safe haven for your baby before birth. But what about after your baby is born? He or she will be moving about your home in what seems like no time at all. Take the time now to safeguard your home by baby proofing. Covering electrical outlets, removing choking hazards, installing smoke alarms, and blocking off staircases are just a few steps you can take to ensure your child's safety. Take every precaution you can think of, but remember: no amount of baby proofing can substitute for careful supervision of your child. Check out our section on babyproofing your home for more tips on creating a safe world for your baby.

When you have your next appointment with your LMC, you may have to give a urine sample. This checks for sugar in your urine, which can be a sign of gestational diabetes, or protein in your urine which can be a sign of pre-eclampsia.

Although your baby's eyes have been sealed shut for the last few months to allow the retinas to develop, they are now opening and beginning to blink. Depending on ethnicity, some babies will be born with blue or gray-blue eyes (which may change color in the first 6 months of life) and some will be born with brown or dark eyes. Eyelashes are growing, as is more hair on the head.

Your baby weighs approximately  850 grams and is about 23 cm long from the head to bottom or 35cm from head to toe. Your baby will still look wrinkly, but he or she will continue to gain weight steadily over the next 14 weeks until birth.
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