Pregnancy Calendar Week 25

YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK:WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WEEK 25

Now the size of a cauliflower, your baby has grown to around 12-13 inches long and she weighs about 2 pounds. This week your little one is focused on getting ready to fight infection when she’s born and, with fully-developed senses, she’s taking in more of the world outside of your womb. As the weeks fly by, you’re probably feeling great knowing that delivery isn’t too far off now. But, we know that this wonderful feeling is tempered by more pregnancy pains that you may be adding to your ever-growing list.

Your Body

At 25 weeks pregnant, a lot of expecting mothers suffer from some very common maladies of pregnancy that may be giving you grief.

Dry Eyes

At this point, you probably feel like every part of your body has changed because of your pregnancy, with your eyes now being no exception.Dry, burning, itchy eyes are commonly reported symptoms of pregnant women that can make daily living uncomfortable at the least and debilitating at their worst. These symptoms are known as dry eye syndrome, which is believed to be caused by hormonal changes. This time a lower level of male hormones (androgens) is causing a drop in the amount of tears you’re producing, making them dryer.To get some relief from dry eye syndrome, try these tips:

To get some relief from dry eye syndrome, try these tips:

• Reduce computer time. Staring too long at your screen can make your dry eyes worse.

• Stay away from smoke.

• Add moisture to the air with a humidifier and open up the windows.

• Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from windy, dry conditions.

• Try artificial tears to add moisture. Check with your doctor first and ask which would be best and safe for you while you’re pregnant.

If you’re noticing severe symptoms—like a lot of pain and redness, sensitivity to light and trouble seeing—your eyes may be suffering from serious damage, so seek help from your eye doctor right away.

Hemorrhoids

Especially with your third trimester rolling around soon, you’ve probably now joined with the majority of pregnant women who experience hemorrhoids, another common and uncomfortable part of pregnancy.

Hemorrhoids are varicose veins in the rectal wall that can sometimes protrude from the anus. Caused by pressure from your growing uterus and increased blood flow to your pelvic area, hemorrhoids oftentimes are swollen, itchy and painful.

And, if you’re also coping with constipation these days, the extra straining during bowel movements may be making your hemorrhoids worse.

On the bright side, hemorrhoids will likely go away after you deliver, although they may flare up with all the pushing during labor.

To feel better now, there’s a lot you can do:

• Drink plenty of fluids and increase your fiber intake to help stay regular and avoid constipation. Aim for at least 10 cups of water daily, along with a glass of prune juice, which can also help. Eat more high-fiber foods like raw fruits and vegetables, beans, lentils, oatmeal and bran cereal.

• Do Kegel exercises every day to improve circulation in your rectal area and help keep hemorrhoids at bay.

• Keep extra clean. In addition to thorough, regular wiping, you may want to use moist towelettes, which some pregnant women report as being helpful and soothing.

• Don’t sit or stand for long periods of time. Get up and move around often, taking walks and doing stretching to improve circulation.

• When sleeping or lying down, lie on your left side to take pressure off your backside.

• Apply ice packs or use cold compresses to your rectal area for 10-15 minutes a few times a day.

• Take warm (not hot) baths throughout the day to reduce swelling and ease discomfort. You may want to try a sitz bath, a small basin that fits over the seat of the toilet.

• Use a hemorrhoid cream. Ask your doctor about which over-the-counter option would be safe to use during your pregnancy.

If you’re not getting relief from the remedies above—or if you notice bleeding—contact your doctor for treatment of your hemorrhoids.

Your Baby

In the 25th week of pregnancy, your baby’s body and systems continue to grow at a remarkable rate with many important new developments:

Your baby is building her immune system. In addition to your baby’s bones producing red and white blood cells that form a big part of her immune system, she’s also taking in antibodies from your bloodstream to help get it ready to fight off bacteria and viruses when she arrives. Your little one’s immune system will continue to grow and get stronger until it becomes fully developed when she’s about six months old.

Your baby is putting on more fat. In this second half of your pregnancy, your baby is putting on more padding with additional baby fat now filling out her skin, making her less wrinkly. Her skinny arms, legs and cheeks are well on their way to becoming adorably chubby and irresistibly squeezable! Your baby will continue to gain more and more baby fat weight as the weeks progress during your pregnancy. Right now, your baby’s weight is made up of about 3-5% fat; at delivery, that number will skyrocket up to 30%.

Your baby is responding to outside stimuli. Ever notice your baby’s kicks go into high gear when you’re around loud noises? Does the sweet sound of your voice help calm her down? With your baby’s senses now fully developed, we bet you do! Your baby has been getting lots of stimuli from inside your body and now her senses are increasingly picking them up from the outside, too. So, the next time you’d like your little one to become more mellow, play some soothing music or sing her a lullaby. Not only will it help put your baby in a good mood, research tells us that this kind of positive outside stimuli helps aid fetal development and learning.

Diet and Exercise Tips You Should Follow

To keep you and your baby healthy, follow these tips in week 25:

Eat foods you want your baby to like. Remember, your baby’s taste buds are now highly-developed, so be sure to eat foods you want your baby to be fond of. Flavor molecules pass into your amniotic fluid and your little one can taste them. Load up now on veggies, fruit and protein and pass on those unhealthy fried, greasy and processed foods.

Replace running with walking.

If you’ve been running or jogging, you may want to switch to walking now as you near your third trimester. You can still safely continue to run in moderation, but with your belly getting bigger, your center of gravity is shifting dramatically making running more challenging.

Things You Should Do

• Plan a date night with your partner! With so much focus on preparing for baby, you both deserve a special night that’s all about you.

• Start creating your birth announcement.

Words You Should Know

Lochia:

Discharge of mucus, blood and other fluids from the vagina after childbirth.

Neonatal:

Pertaining to the first four weeks after a baby’s birth.

Station:

In delivery, this refers to how far down the baby’s head has come in the pelvis. Positive numbers indicate that delivery is closer.

Stripping Membranes:

Performed during a vaginal exam near the end of pregnancy, this refers to a procedure where a doctor or midwife places a finger inside the opening of the cervix and separates the membranes (amniotic sac) from the uterus to help stimulate contractions.

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