Week Twenty Five of Pregnancy

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Your baby at week twenty five of pregnancy

At 33cm your baby now weighs over 680g and is the size of an average rutabaga! Your baby’s skin is going from a translucent white and reddish hue, to a pinker, more opaque appearance, due to the continuing fat deposits and growing network of capillaries under the skin.

Further in the week, your baby’s lungs should develop more blood vessels to bring the lungs another step closer to being strong enough to inhale and exhale air at birth. Your baby’s nose is also preparing for this event, the nasal passageways are now unblocked so that he or she can practice breathing in amniotic fluids. If the baby does not already have a sense of smell, then they definitely will have this ability by the third trimester.

Your body at week twenty five of pregnancy

If your organs are feeling more than just a little bit squashed by week twenty five, it really is no surprise. Your womb has grown to the size of a football to accommodate your not – so – little one!

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be a common occurrence during pregnancy, and so it is of vital importance that you visit the ladies room as soon as you feel the need to go. Symptoms of a UTIs include an unpleasant smell or burning feel when you urinate. If you have symptoms of a UTI seek medical assistance, because UTIs can become serious if not medically seen to when pregnant.

Your uterus is about to do some extreme growing! Now the top of you womb reaches half way between your naval and your breasts, and as your baby reaches the 900g milestone, you are about expand outwards more rapidly.

What you may be feeling at week twenty five of pregnancy        

You may become irritated or confused by the conflicting advice you receive from friends, relatives or even complete strangers. It seems that everyone is an expert on pregnancy and particularly yours! If you find yourself in a situation where the conversation makes you feel uncomfortable, politely make your excuses and leave or change the subject. Too much advice can be overwhelming. Trust your healthcare professionals on any concerns you may have as they will have your medical history and be understanding of your individual pregnancy needs.

Common symptoms at week twenty five of pregnancy

  • Swollen sore breasts
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability or unexpected emotions
  • Nervousness about the birth and impending parenthood
  • Heartburn
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Clumsiness
  • Sore ribs
  • Bad dreams
  • Constipation
  • Blurred vision
  • Pelvic discomfort
  • Minor swelling of feet and ankles
  • Braxton hicks contractions
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in vaginal discharge
  • Hemorrhoids

Tips for week twenty five of pregnancy

  • Ensure to consume lots of fibre rich foods, and keep up your fluid intake, to prevent constipation that may cause hemorrhoids.
  • Hemorrhoids – a form of varicose veins – occur due to the growing uterus pressing down on the rectum, as well as increased blood flow to the area. Although not dangerous to your body, haemorrhoids can be significantly painful and even cause rectal bleeding. If you are suffering, try using an ice pack to reduce the discomfort of your sore behind, and remember that they should go away after labor.
  • Orange juice is another way to help promote good bowel health and prevent hemorrhoids

If you have any symptoms that concern you it is important to consult your doctor as soon as you can.

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