Your Pregnancy at Week 25by Your Baby Club
Your baby is practicing breathing!
your baby this week:
Baby is just over 33cm now, longer than a school ruler and will weigh around 650-700g, heavier than a basketball, but around the size of a head of cauliflower. One major milestone your baby will have made during this week, is that they will be able to begin practising breathing.
This comes due to their nose being developed enough that it starts working. Breathing will be a key skill for them early on to keep their little organs working in the real world. Despite this, their lungs will still only be in the development stages, meaning they are not quite ready for the real thing just yet.
Although you are still feeling reasonably energetic, your bump may be starting to make you feel a little more breathless. This is caused by your baby taking up more room now it's doubling in size but could also be down to anaemia. You will have a blood test at 28-weeks to check that your iron levels are okay, but if you find that you are really struggling, it may be worth speaking to your GP.
Haemorrhoids are a horrible side effect of pregnancy. Again, caused by the added pressure of your baby on your digestive system. Couple this with some constipation and you may find yourself suffering. Make sure you keep hydrated and have lots of fibre. This should hopefully keep your stools soft, so you won’t need to strain.
It is difficult not to stress about weight gain especially in the second trimester when the baby is piling on the ounces but try to eat in moderation and partake in some regular, light exercise.
Throughout pregnancy, it is important that you are vigilant about your dental hygiene. The demands of pregnancy can take its toll on your teeth and gums, which can lead to long-term conditions such as 'gingivitis' (receding gums) and 'inflammatory gum disease'. As well as being entitled to free prescriptions, you are also entitled to free dental healthcare, on the NHS throughout pregnancy, so it may be time to take advantage.
Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife
Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.
your tips & to do's:
week 25, you should feel your baby moving around inside of you regularly. If you haven't felt anything in a little while and you're worried, turn on some music, drink a glass of ice, cold water, and see if it wakes your little one! You can also lightly massage your stomach to nudge your baby awake. Just be sure you're gentle about pressing into your stomach.
Now is a good time to learn what the signs of preterm or premature labor look like. Talk to your midwife or doctor about these signs and ask what you should do if these signs occur before week 37 of pregnancy. Preterm or premature labor looks like: swelling in the hands or face; constant or severe vomiting; an increase or change in vaginal discharge, including a rush of amniotic fluid or blood; a low, dull backache; pain while urinating; sharp pains in your stomach; more than five contractions or sharp cramps within a one-hour period; and intense pelvic pressure (feels like the baby is pushing down, or like you might need to go poop). If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your midwife or doctor immediately.
Strollers have come a long way.
Travel systems, joggers, reversible seats, power folds, cup holders, and everything in between, from affordably priced to astronomically priced, make purchasing a stroller more complicated than ever before, almost like choosing a new car to lease. Except... you'll probably use the stroller as often or more than you use your car! Choosing the right one is an important decision. Consider these questions, first:
1. Will you be in and out of the car?
Do you live on a second or third-floor walkup? Are you dealing with limited storage space? If you answered yes, the weight and fold of the stroller matter to you. When you visit stores to check out possibilities, take measurements and practice the fold and lift.
2. How will you be using the stroller?
Are you in the city, using evenly paved surfaces, or are you outdoors, using rough, varying terrain? Small tires and a compact frame are better for parking lots, sidewalks, grocery stores, airports, and the like, and easier to navigate through crowded areas. Large, air-filled tires and a solid frame are better for outdoor activities, such as hiking and jogging, and places like dog parks and sandy beaches.
Ask other parents for their personal stroller suggestions. What do they use? What was a waste of money and space? What would they do differently, if anything at all?
Don't forget to write in your pregnancy journal this week!
Below is a list of pregnancy symptoms commonly experienced during week 25.
- Swelling, or edema, in your ankles and/or feet
- Stretch marks and/or unwanted hair growth
- Thicker hair
- Stronger nails
- Braxton Hicks
- Tingling, numbness, or pain in your hands and wrists
- Bleeding and/or swollen gums
- Interrupted sleep
- Backaches and/or leg cramps
- Crazy dreams
- Fetal activity
- Fetal hiccups
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