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At week twenty-five, your tiny hero has become the size of a head of cauliflower! Still enveloped in skin that is thin, translucent, and slightly wrinkled, your baby is well on its way to becoming plump as it continues to gain fat and muscle.
Becoming pinker in color by the day, your baby’s skin becomes rosily colored due to the growth of capillaries beneath the surface of their skin. Concurrently, baby’s brain is undergoing elaborate developmental “layering” processes with a majority of the current ongoing action still facilitated by the earlier development of other brain areas.
Still engaged in a multitude of movements, your little baby is busy flipping and spinning around, and may even jump up when startled! In the coming weeks, these movements will dwindle as baby continues its growth while your uterine walls start closing in, thus inhibiting the amount of available space.
Nevertheless, your miniature champ is reveling in its newest ability; now able to enjoy an ability to determine equilibrium, your fetus at twenty-five weeks is now able to decipher which way is up and which way is down.
With this latest addition to their amazing spectrum of abilities, your baby is immersed in learning, exploring, and making sense of its very special world inside you.
Read on below to learn more about week twenty-five of pregnancy and all of its many enthralling aspects!
Your Physical and Emotional Health
25 Weeks Pregnant
UTIs: An infection that may be caused by incomplete urination and is exacerbated by your growing baby pressing up against your bladder, creating problems in relieving yourself.
Urinary tract infections, commonly referred to as UTIs are the bane of every woman’s existence, pregnant or otherwise. Marked primarily by an increased urge to urinate, women typically experience burning pain while trying to relieve themselves.
Having to go to the bathroom much more frequently and experiencing every time you have to pee can drive any woman batty, which is why urinary tract infections are looked at with immense dread.
Very much a self-diagnosable condition, urinary tract infections are also indicated by the presence of blood in the urine, pain in the lower abdomen, pelvic area, bladder, and groin and urine that is foul-smelling, cloudy, and dark in color.
A urinary tract infection can also be indicated by a sensation of incomplete emptying of the bladder, cramping, irritation in the vaginal area, fatigue, fever, and an overall sense of malaise.
Extremely common during pregnancy, urinary tract infections are easily and swiftly treated; however, if left unaddressed, urinary tract infections can result in serious complications for your pregnancy.
If you have any discomfort while urinating, including burning, itching, and pain or you identify with the symptoms listed above, make an appointment with your healthcare provider to have the issues reconciled immediately and safely.
Week twenty-five in pregnancy presents quite a few changes for pregnant women. One of the most compelling issues is with sleep and its subsequent effects on energy levels and mood.
Increasingly fraught with difficulty at week twenty-five, sleeping for many women at this time becomes an arduous and frustrating affair.
Plagued with aches and pains throughout her body, localized severe pain in the lower back area, an intermittently kicking baby, and growing levels of anxiety, a pregnant woman can often find herself desperately wishing for a good night’s sleep.
Some great tips to help alleviate a few of the more troublesome aspects of sleep include the following:
- Investing in good quality bedding that is soft and inviting
- Investing in a specially-designed pregnancy pillow that offers support and stability right where you need it
- Sleeping on your side
- Abstaining from caffeine in the late afternoons and evenings
- Staying well hydrated with plenty of water intake
- Eating small, nutrition-packed meals
- Wearing an eye mask
- Trying earplugs
- Massaging your belly and soothing your baby to sleep
- Sleeping with a pillow between your knees to alleviate the pressure on your belly
Other persisting symptoms from earlier weeks include:
- Fatigue and lethargy: Take it in stride; the feelings will pass, and you will again experience renewed energy
- Braxton Hicks contractions: Stay hydrated and remember these contractions are happening to prepare you for your big day
- Backaches: Comfort yourself with warmth, heat, soft pillows, and gentle exercise
- Trouble breathing: Be ready to take frequent breaks by sitting down and focusing on breathing. Do not exert yourself; pass off labor-intensive tasks to your partner or family members
- Facial hair: While hair on your head may retain its thick and lustrous look, your facial hair may start growing at a rapidly increased level as well. Take it in stride and pluck away!
- Mild swelling: Try to keep your feet elevated as much as possible
- Blurry vision: Remember to keep hydrated and keep a careful lookout for excessive swelling
- Weight gain: Weight gain will be ongoing during this period in your term
- Increased vaginal discharge: Par for the course, this symptom will often worsen during this time and become much more frequent
- Sex drive: Sex drive commonly diminishes during week twenty-five
- Condition of skin: Continue to enjoy your flushed, rosy skin and unmistakable pregnancy glow
Your Baby’s Health and Status
25 Weeks Pregnant
Sniff sniff! What’s that? Your baby’s nose has begun to work this week! Along with functioning nostrils, your little one is now able to take breaths. As your baby takes breaths of the surrounding amniotic fluid, it’s readily engaging in great practice for its very first moments of post-womb life where it will take its initial gasping breaths.
Baby’s sense of smell is also rapidly developing. By this point, they are able to smell a variety of distinct smells while in utero.
As baby’s movements begin to correlate with their feelings, they become well-versed in how to begin the process of expressing themselves outside of the womb.
At this junction, your placenta is still tasked with controlling your baby’s temperature; however, as the fetus continues to rapidly gain weight, their larger body mass will assist in self-regulating their body temperature once they are born.
With a long way to go, many of your baby’s physical aspects are still works in progress. Their lungs, for example, are in the midst of the initial production of surfactant, which helps the lungs expand with oxygen after birth.
At this point, your baby’s lungs, while very developed, still are very much reliant on your assistance, as they are still not evolved enough to independently transport oxygen to the bloodstream and ultimately release carbon dioxide
Tips, Tricks, and Knowledge
25 Weeks Pregnant
- Remember to take time for yourself and engage in soothing, relaxing activities like spa treatments, trips to the sauna, and plenty of rest.
- Start amassing a collection of baby gear. Rather than buying it all at once, buy a couple of items a week to add to your well-stocked nursery
Week 25 To-Do List and Reminders
25 Weeks Pregnant
- If you haven’t already, take your glucose challenge test and if necessary your glucose tolerance test
- Schedule your 28-week prenatal visit
- Begin baby-proofing your home. It’s a time-consuming process. Adding one baby-proofing measure at a time will help to ensure that you are well on track to creating a safe environment for your baby
- On a daily basis go over immediate goals, upcoming goals, and goals pertaining to exercise, nutrition, and health
- Fine tune your maternity leave plans
Surfactant: Surfactant coats the many tiny air sacs found within a baby’s lungs. The coating facilitates the process of breathing and prevents the air sacs from either collapsing or becoming stuck together.
Naturally produced between week twenty-four and week thirty-five of pregnancy, most babies will have more than enough surfactant to breathe optimally.
Cool Things to Know
- Your uterus is now the size of a soccer ball! Due to the immense size your uterus has grown to, it’snosurprise that your organs feel squished together
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