What to do when you’re 25 weeks pregnant? We’ll help you answer all your questions about Pregnancy in Week 25.
Your Baby in Week 25
No more a skinny baby!
Since you are way into your fifth month of pregnancy, you are probably expecting us to provide you with big developmental news and so we will. But first let’s find out how big your baby has become at week 25. Your little soldier has had another growth spurt and is already 13 inches and a half which means he weighs in at about a whopping 750 grams. Your baby has already started accumulating a whole lot of fat in his body and is significantly starting to look a lot less skinner.
At week 25, capillaries, which are small blood vessels are forming under your baby’s skin and filling with blood. Blood vessels are also developing in his lungs which in turn will prepare your baby to take his first breath of air. Does that excite you beyond measure? We bet! As nostrils showed up in your baby’s nose a couple of weeks ago, he is still practicing how to breathe and becoming good at it as well.
While awake, your baby will continue to move around, practice kicks, suck on his thumbs and play with his one and only friend at the moment – the umbilical cord. He tugs at it with all his might and twists it because he is rather curious of his surroundings. But you need not worry about the umbilical cord as it is protected by a petroleum jelly-like substance called Wharton’s jelly which protects the cord from knotting and twisting.
Your baby’s eyes are getting a lot more sensitive to light, even though his eyelids are still fused shut. His eyes now possess cells called rods and cones which helps him sense light even more clearly now. His hair is also growing and if you could peak into your womb, you could see the colour and texture of it. However, your baby will shed this hair after birth and it will be replaced by new hair which could be of a different colour and different texture.
Week 25 Symptoms
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
Does it hurt a lot in your pelvic area? If yes, you may be experiencing SPD, caused by relaxed and stretchy ligaments that keep your pelvic joints aligned. Kegel exercises and known to help and they will also strengthen your pelvic muscles, which are most important during delivery.
It is probably your turn to snore now! But are you snoring so much that you are not able to sleep? Do you feel breathless while sleeping? Ensure this is not sleep apnea. If it is, your doctor may have to intervene.
Heartburn or indigestion
Do you experience that burning sensation, specially during and after meals? Go for small and regular meals full of fibre and remember to drink lots of water. Try having lemon juice, buttermilk and coconut water too. If none of these work, speak to your doctor and get some antacids.
Nail and hair growth
You may notice that your nails are growing more than normal and they are probably softer too. Your hair may be thicker and luscious than usual as well. You may or may not necessarily have noticed these changes but they do happen. The reason remains the same – high production of pregnancy hormones inside your system. You may also notice hair growth on parts where you have never had them! This goes away within few months after giving birth though.
Your Body in Week 25
The guessing game begins!
By week 25 we are sure that you have put on some weight, almost about nine kilograms now. Are you a little displeased with the weight gain? Remember that the weight gain is necessary, however you must follow a balanced diet and regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight. Most of the weight could just be due to water retention as well. Even if you are on the higher/lower side, if your baby is doing fine, you should just be happy. With a healthy routine post delivery, losing the extra kilos that you gained during pregnancy is quite easy.
Haemorrhoids and sleep troubles!
Another thing that might show up around this time is haemorrhoids. These are annoying, painful and suddenly show up on your anus or lower rectum. Haemorrhoids occur due to swollen varicose anal veins. Haemorrhoids or piles can be both external and internal and is quite common during the second trimester of pregnancy as your growing baby is putting a lot of pressure on your digestive tract. If you are a victim of piles, keep your rectal area clean always, wear loose-fitting cotton panties and wash your anus thoroughly with cleansing agents. Constipation is also a major cause of piles. Another symptom that makes a comeback is perhaps that you’re having a hard time falling asleep. Blame the hormones again for this.
Is it boy, or a girl?
Are people looking at your belly and passing comments about the baby being a boy or girl? Many of these people may predict the gender just by looking at the belly size/shape, your pregnancy glow etc. Well, why don’t you join them and have some fun in the guessing game too? We do know the truth though – you are going to love your baby like nobody has ever done before, right?