At 26 weeks, you're halfway through your second trimester and closer than ever to meeting your baby. This week, your little one is the size of a zucchini and their lungs are preparing themselves for the outside world by producing surfactant. You might also start having Braxton Hicks contractions, sometimes referred to as false labor, which feel like menstrual cramps in the uterus and may last 30 seconds to two minutes.
Your fetus is developing their brain, lungs and nervous system. They're also entering a major growth phase and you may notice them putting on weight at this stage as well as forming their limbs, hair and nails. Their eyes are sealed shut until now and are starting to open this week, so you might be able to see them blinking by the end of your sixth month!
You may also experience more frequent cramps at this point, particularly in your calf muscles and feet. Experts aren't 100% sure why, but staying hydrated and being active can help prevent these uncomfortable spasms.
It's important to check in with your doctor regularly at this time, especially if you have any health concerns. Your doctor will be able to provide you with the best care for your pregnancy.