The baby’s hearing strengthens this week, as new nerves begin to develop. Your heartbeat has the power to calm the baby. As for breathing, the lungs continue to work, inhaling amniotic liquid. The nostrils are beginning to open. The little one gaining weight, at 26 weeks, a baby is almost 9 1/4 inches (23.4 centimeters) from the top of their head to the bottom of the buttocks, and the baby’s height is about 13 inches (33.3 centimeters) from the top of the head to the heel (crown-heel length).

In the following weeks, weight gain – both yours and the baby’s – will increase significantly.