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How is your baby growing

Team AckoFeb 8, 2024

By 26 weeks of pregnancy, your little one is now the size of a zucchini. Your baby eyes are forming, and they’ll be able to open soon.



    Your baby's nostrils are starting to open up, which gives the chance to practice breathing using newly developed muscles and lungs. Instead of air, your baby "inhales" and "exhales" amniotic fluid. Your baby ears will be better developed and can now not only hear noises, but respond to them too – not by talking, of course, but by moving or with an increase in pulse rate.

    Your baby’s heart rate would have slowed down considerably by this week.

    If you’re having a boy, his testicles will soon begin to descend into his scrotum, a process that can take up to three months.

    By now, your baby's sucking reflex has become so strong that if your baby hand floats by face, your baby might suck on thumb or fingers. Ultrasounds often show babies in utero sucking their thumbs.

    Additionally, her immune system is under construction, soaking up all of your antibodies in anticipation of life on the outside. The little one will start to settle into a sleep-wake pattern, with distinct periods when you feel active kicking and punching, and other times when she is quiet and possibly sleeping.

    Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only, based on industry experience and secondary sources. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified expert for health or insurance-related decisions. Content is subject to change, refer to current policy wordings for specific ACKO details.



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