|

Pregnancy: Weeks 23-26

In the sixth month, your baby's brain is growing rapidly and hearing is well developed. (In fact, studies have found that unborn babies can communicate a preference for classical music over rock.)

A human fetus at 26 weeks. At this time, your baby will weigh about 1½ pounds and be 9 inches long.

Week Number 23

  • Eyebrows and eyelashes are forming.
  • Lips are becoming more distinct.
  • Eyes are becoming more developed, but they still lack color.
  • The first signs of teeth appear beneath the gum line.

Week Number 24

  • Blood vessels in the lungs are developing.
  • The head is still large compared to body size.
  • The baby can swallow.

Week Number 25

  • The body is beginning to become plump.
  • The skin becomes wrinkled.
  • If the baby were born now, it would attempt to breathe.
  • Taste buds are forming.

Week Number 26

  • The face and the body generally assume the appearance of an infant at birth.
  • Baby begins to make breathing movements although there is no air in the lungs.
  • Will respond to touch.

As your second trimester ends, take some time to sit back and enjoy it. Very soon your pregnancy will be over and all the days you dedicated to creating a new human being will be only a vague memory. Cherish them now.

Back to Weeks 19-22 Continue to Weeks 27-30
|

excerpted from:

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth © 2004 by Michele Isaac Gliksman, M.D. and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit Amazon's website or call 1-800-253-6476.


Pregnancy Day by Day

Tell us your due date to receive our daily newsletter and find out what is happening in this day of your pregnancy!

Already a member? Log-in here

Name of the Day

highlights

11 Awesome STEM Toys to Get Kids into Science & Math
Get your child excited about the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) and summer learning! See our picks for science kits, math games, and other STEM toys for kids of all ages.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, brought to you by Galactic Hot Dogs.

Preventing Hot Car Deaths: 6 Facts & Tips for Parents
Every year, between 30 and 50 children in the U.S. die from overheating in a vehicle. Learn facts and prevention tips to safeguard your child from "hot car death."

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

© 2000-2015  Sandbox Networks, Inc. All Rights Reserved.