Human foetus in amniotic sac at 26 weeks. At this stage the foetus' eyelids separate and is able to open the eyes for the first time. Its lungs are also fully developed and it is possible for babies born at 26 weeks to survive.

Week 26

Mum

Do you know how to spot the signs of preterm labour? No need to panic, it’s just that you’ll probably sleep better if you have an emergency plan. Contact your LMC straight away if you notice any of the following: Your waters breaking (you will notice a gush of fluid coming out of your vagina), vaginal bleeding, mucus discharge, abdominal cramps, regular contractions (not to be confused with Braxton Hicks contractions or practice contractions which can be uncomfortable but do not become progressively stronger and increasingly painful).

Dad

Have you given any serious thought to child care? While at times it may seem incredible that there’s going to be a baby at the end of this process, it’s time to do some planning. Will one of you stay at home to look after the baby, or will you both go back to work? If it’s the latter, there’s more thinking to do, and the choices are plentiful: Day care centre, nanny, live-in au pair, or family member. (New Zealand Kindergarten, or kindy, is for older children, traditionally 3-5 year olds, though some centres now accept younger toddlers.)

Baby

Your total length is 35cm, like that of a spring onion. You keep on gaining fat, which is an awesome thing to do between now and when you get born. If you’re a boy, your testicles have begun their journey into your scrotum … you didn’t really want to know that, did you?

Photos in the bumpandbaby.co.nz/week-by-week/ are by Lenart Nilsson. Lenart's series was bought to fame when his photo, considered the greatest photo of the 20th century, appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1965. “Everyone interprets images differently, depending on their social, cultural and religious background. In the digital era, I believe it is more important than ever to go back and take a look inside ourselves. What better way of doing that than with these photos?” ~ Jane Stene, art gallery director and curator of Lenart's definitive black and white series, told the The Guardian in 2019. It is Lenart Nilsson's wish that his images are never used for political debate about pro-life.

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