Week 25 marks the beginning of the seventh month of pregnancy. The baby, by week 25, is about the size of a cauliflower head, with new blood vessels and capillaries forming.
While the baby is practicing breathing through its tiny nostrils, the mother-to-be will need to take care of hemorrhoids- a kind of painful varicose, itchy, dry abdominal skin, and psychological health during pregnancy.
This article covers everything you need to know about the baby’s development, and pregnancy symptoms, with tips to take care of at week 25 of pregnancy.
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Baby’s developments @ Week 25 of Pregnancy
The baby, at week 24, is nearly 34.6cm long while its weight will be approximately 660gms. The baby is gaining weight rapidly as the fatty adipose tissues form in full swing. The other developments the baby is up to this week include:
The lungs develop an anti-sticky material called surfactant this week that will help the lungs expand with air intake. This week also celebrates the grand opening of the nostrils that were closed all this while. The baby also practices the inhaling and exhaling motions by drawing amniotic fluid in and out of the petite nostrils.
Maturing of the fetal vascular system
While the baby is building up fat tissues and losing its wrinkly look, fetal vascular developments are seen with more and more blood capillaries forming beneath the skin. And so, the baby looks more pinkish because of the growing blood capillaries.
Startle reflexes are developing
Much to the surprise, the baby demonstrates startle reflexes this week. In fact, it learns to respond to loud noises around.
To-be-mom’s @ Week 25 of pregnancy
At week 25, the baby, as big as a soccer ball, shows kicking movements like that of a soccer player. The mother can experience the baby’s kicks and other motions. Some of the notable pregnancy symptoms this week include:
- Hemorrhoids: A type of varicose veins in the rectal region that can be painful and even lead to rectal bleeding,
- Plaques and other dental problems,
- Stomach acids of the esophagus cause heartburn and indigestion,
- Snoring and congestion due to increased blood flow to the mucous membranes of the nose,
- Carpal tunnel syndrome– Tingling, numbness, pain in the hands and wrists,
- Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), where the stretching of ligaments of the pelvic region allows free movement of pelvic joints, causing discomfort and pain,
- Tingling, numbness, fluid accumulation, and aches of the legs and feet are common during pregnancy. This causes a constant urge to move legs and is also known as restless leg syndrome (RLS),
- The hike in pregnancy hormones lessens hair fall giving thick, lustrous, fast-growing hair,
- Depression and anxiety symptoms during pregnancy- crying, irritability, lack of appetite, poor sleep,
- During this time, eye vision may be less sharp, and the lenses can be less comforting. However, these symptoms are more likely to subside after delivery.
Things to consider at week 25 of pregnancy
Brushing teeth twice a day and regular flossing is a must to keep your dental issues at bay during your pregnancy term. If snoring is giving you disturbed sleep, you may have sleep apnea, and you will need to check with your physician. Other tips you will need to follow this week are:
- If pain in the pelvic region is severe, a support belt can help strengthen the muscles in that region. Sometimes, even a physiotherapist can help you alleviate the pain.
- Try acupuncture, wrist braces, or exercises to help reduce the tingling feeling caused by carpal tunnel syndrome.
- If RLS symptoms are seen more frequently, check with your doctor for an iron deficiency test. RLS is commonly linked to anemia.
- Apply moisturizer or calamine lotion more often to the stretching itchy tummy. This helps reduce dry skin, itchiness, and redness in the abdominal region.
- Switch on to healthy eating alternatives while continuing with walking, moderate exercising, and yoga under expert guidance.
At week 25, the baby shows prominent surprising reflexes, fetal vascular maturation, and breathing rehearsals. The expecting mother will need to take care of pregnancy weight gain, possible pre-eclampsia (after week 20 of pregnancy), and gestational diabetes. For any problems during pregnancy and queries, connect with your doctor at the earliest.
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