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Pregnancy Week 26

The fetus should move a lot, every day. It responds to touch, light and sound - and the look is much like it will be at birth.

The fetus in week 26

The fetus is now 24 weeks old. It is about 31 centimeters long and weighs around 950 grams.

In week 26, the appearance of the fetus is quite similar to what it will look like at birth, except that the baby is obviously smaller and narrower. The brain has grown substantially in recent weeks and now has several brain cells and has a larger surface area.

Pregnancy Week 26

Hearing and other senses of the fetus have also developed rapidly. It responds to light, sound and touch and can hear your heartbeat, breath, gut sounds and other family members' voices. However, the noise level inside the uterus is high - it can actually be compared to the noise of the big city. It is therefore no wonder that newborn babies like to sleep at their best when mom or dad vacuum.

Being pregnant in week 26

The stomach is getting big now. You may have had stretch marks. These are the reddish stretches on, for example, stomach, buttocks, thighs and breasts. Some pregnant women get a lot, others get little or nothing. The stretches may fade and become smaller over time, but they never completely disappear. A lot of oil and creams can make the skin more elastic and thus have preventative effect. Visit Bestaah for quality and affordable maternity maxi dresses.

Now you will - and should - feel that the fetus moves almost every day. It is a guarantee that everything is right with the little life in the stomach. If it is completely still in there, you can try to jump and dance a little or drink something sweet. Have a good deal of ice cubes in the drink as the fetus responds to temperature changes. If you still do not feel any movement, you should contact your doctor or midwife. The maternity ward at the hospital will also want to check that everything is fine with the little baby.

Good tips for week 26

Now you are nearing the end of the second trimester and you can start preparing for the end of pregnancy.

Maybe you and your partner want to go on a delivery course? Most maternity wards also offer a tour for the pregnant woman where they also provide information on the types of painkillers you can choose from. It is really to recommend; it gives you the confidence to know exactly what will happen when the birth starts!

A lot of oil and cream more can prevent stretches and marks (stretch marks).

Pregnancy and HIV test

Voluntary HIV test

In conjunction with the pregnancy check, all pregnant women are offered an HIV test. The test is taken simultaneously with other current blood samples from pregnant women, but you decide whether you want to do the test.

Use this opportunity to address any risks of HIV infection with a doctor, midwife or nurse. HIV infection is very rare among women in Sweden. The virus causes the serious and life-threatening disease AIDS.

HIV can be transmitted from mother to child

Since HIV can be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy, at birth or through breast milk / breastfeeding, it is important for the pregnant woman to know if she is infected. Pregnant women who are diagnosed with HIV infection (positive HIV test) need proper medical follow-up. If the pregnancy is completed, precautions can be taken to reduce the risk of the baby becoming infected. The child also needs careful follow-up after birth.

HIV test results

HIV infection causes the body to create antibodies to the virus. HIV testing is a study that shows if there are such antibodies in the blood - if you are HIV positive. In rare cases, this blood test can give an uncertain result. As a rule, the person in question is not infected. To clarify this, you take a new blood test.

Test results that show that antibodies have not been detected (negative HIV test) are usually not communicated to the pregnant woman unless otherwise agreed.

Important about HIV

  • Tell me if you don't want to do HIV testing
  • Intercourse without a condom is the most common route of infection for HIV.
  • HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.
  • Every year, about 170 new cases of HIV-positive women are detected in Sweden. Some of them are pregnant.
  • HIV-positive women and their children need good medical follow-up.

Questions about HIV / AIDS?

  • Talk to a doctor or nurse.
  • Ask for information material.
  • HIV-Sweden, The Swedish National Association for HIV-positive people.

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