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Pregnancy at 23 to 26 Weeks

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What changes are happening in my body?

You are now close to or at the beginning of the third trimester. The third trimester starts at 24 weeks and ends with delivery. As your baby gets larger, you may develop certain symptoms. These may include pain in your back or down the sides of your abdomen. You may also have stretch marks on your abdomen, breasts, thighs, or buttocks. You may also have constipation.

How do I care for myself at this stage of my pregnancy?

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

What are some safety tips during pregnancy?

What changes are happening with my baby?

By 26 weeks, your baby will weigh about 2 pounds. Your baby will be about 10 inches long from the top of the head to the rump (baby's bottom). Your baby's movements are much stronger now. Your baby's eyes are almost completely formed and can partially open. Your baby also sleeps and wakes up.

What do I need to know about prenatal care?

Your healthcare provider will check your blood pressure and weight. You may also need the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor or obstetrician?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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