You’re 26 weeks pregnant!
Well done! You’ve reached the final trimester and the end is in sight! Watch your step as your centre of gravity has changed. Your joints are loosening up, so this is also the time to take extra care of your back.
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She smiles and frowns. Fat layers are forming which will help regulate her body temperature. Nerve endings in her mouth mean when she sucks her thumb, she can learn about its size, shape and feel, as well as prepare to feed. She's about 30.5cm long.
You may suffer leg cramps, thought to be caused by low calcium and magnesium levels. Eat and drink calcium-rich foods. Squat when you're lifting something. Get down on all fours every day to take the weight off your spine. And do some leg stretches before bed. Have a look at our tips for exercise during the third trimester.
Why it’s important to keep an eye on blood pressure during pregnancy.
Rights and benefits
You need to give your employer notice of the date you intend to start your maternity leave by the end of the 15th week before the baby is due (approx. week 26 of pregnancy). You must also give your employer your MATB1 maternity certificate to claim Standard Maternity Pay. If you don't qualify for SMP you need to claim Maternity Allowance from your local Jobcentre Plus on form MA1.Read more about your maternity rights here.