25 Weeks Pregnant
How Big Is My Baby At 25 Weeks Pregnant?
Your baby responds to touch and sound and is about the size of the head of cauliflower. The baby is 13.62 inches long and weighs about 1.46 pounds.
Baby Development At 25 Weeks Pregnant:
- Brain, lungs, intestine, digestive system are developed but are not mature yet.
- Skin is now opaque instead of translucent and wrinkled appearance is smoothening.
- Your baby’s nose and nostrils are beginning to work.
- Your baby’s inner ears are completely developed and are functional.
- Your baby starts passing urine into the amniotic fluid.
- Your baby begins to sleep and wake at regular intervals.
25 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
Varicose Veins: You might notice visible veins crisscrossing your breasts, abdominal area, and legs. This is a symptom of varicose veins and is common during pregnancy. Varicose veins are swelling and enlarged veins mostly in the lower legs and feet. Increased blood volume during pregnancy causes veins to swell and enlarge. The pressure exerted by the uterus on the large veins behind it causes the blood to slow in its return to the heart. These things cause varicose veins. Changing positions often, propping your legs, getting plenty of exercises, and avoiding tight clothes and shoes can help.
Heartburn & Indigestion: Heartburn occurs when stomach acids move upwards to the esophagus. This happens due to the relaxation of the valve between the stomach and esophagus. Indigestion occurs due to the relaxed digestive system caused by pregnancy hormones.
Bloating And Gas: Bloating occurs as the progesterone hormone relaxes the gastrointestinal tract, causing slowing of the digestive process. This is a normal and ongoing pregnancy symptom.
Insomnia: Your sleep may be disrupted by body aches, leg cramps, anxiety, and frequent urination.
Constipation: During pregnancy, hormones slow down the digestive system, leaving you constipated. This is an ongoing symptom you have to live with all the way through the pregnancy. Eating enough fiber, wholemeal bread, cereals, and drinking plenty of water will help.
Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy, and almost half of the pregnant women get hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are swollen, inflamed, and bulging veins in the rectum and anus. They can cause discomfort, itching, pain, and bleeding. An increased volume of the blood during pregnancy can cause veins to swell and enlarge. The expanding uterus also puts pressure on the veins in the rectum. Constipation can worsen hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids usually improve after giving birth.
Frequent Urination: You may need to pee frequently because of hormones and extra pressure exerted by the uterus on the bladder.
Thicker And Longer Hair: Your hair may become thicker, longer, and shinier than usual. This happens because your body sheds hair more slowly than before during pregnancy. This is caused by pregnancy hormones.
Bleeding Gums: If you have you noticed your gums bleeding after brushing, it could be pregnancy gingivitis. Pregnancy hormones can make your teeth more vulnerable to plaque, leaving you with swollen, bleeding gums.
Braxton Hicks Contractions: You may feel irregular and less painful contractions as your uterus becomes tight and prepares for labor. These miniature contractions are perfectly normal at this point of your pregnancy. They normally disappear when you change positions. Call your doctor if contractions persist.
Backaches: A backache is a constant companion throughout the pregnancy. This happens because your growing baby puts a lot of pressure on your inner muscles, causing aches and pains in your back.
25 Weeks Pregnant: Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy
- Start thinking about where you would like to have delivery.
- Think of a name for your newborn.
- Continue to follow good prenatal habits like eating healthy food and taking folic acid and prenatal vitamins daily.
- Wear breathable, loose clothes and a supportive bra to feel comfortable.
- Include healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, lean meat, cereals, and dairy products in your diet.
- Eat small meals or snacks at regular intervals for better digestion and to prevent heartburn.
- Keep yourself adequately hydrated by drinking a lot of water. Keep a water bottle by your side.
- Take plenty of rest and sleep at least 8 hours a day.
- Avoid long and strenuous physical activity, exercises involving jerky or sudden movements.
- Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, and coffee.
- Don’t take any medication or herb without your doctor’s clearance.
- Spend time or keep in touch with family, friends, and other loved ones and share your feelings. This will help you to cope with stress and anxiety and stay calm and relaxed.