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