The twenty-sixth week of pregnancy

24 Jul

Detailed child info:
Weight: 1.7–2.0 Ibs
Length: approx. 13 in
At this stage: The child learns grasping reflex on the umbilical cord. It very often sucks his fingers.

Beginning of the third trimester! It is an important period for the child as well. His lungs are beginning to produce a substance that prevents air sacs collapse, even if there is no air in them. This is surfactant. Thanks to it the baby can practice the breathing reflex. He inhales and exhales amniotic fluid and the air sacs do not collapse. This way he will be ready to take his first breath of real air just after birth. The good news is that now we can produce artificial surfactant and therefore the chances of survival for children born before the 26th week are much greater. You may experience first contractions (Braxton Hicks contractions). Relax, you have plenty of time!

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