25th Week Pregnancy - Symptoms, Baby Development, Tips And Body Changes

25th week pregnancy

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“Are we there yet?” you ask impatiently. Unfortunately we are only nearing the third trimester, which you will enter in a couple of weeks. You need more patience to go through just one more final trimester now.

Don’t worry about how much longer you have to hang in there; instead, you can enjoy the fullness in your hair. You are not shedding hair as much as women would normally do post pregnancy; hence, you will feel satisfied with your hair during this week.

As your graceful walk starts to wobble, know that of all the joys of being woman, the greatest is to be a mother. Hold yourself with love and pride.

Changes In Your Body During 25th Week Of Pregnancy:

As you inch towards the third trimester, the physical growth and changes become quite obvious. Many strangers will offer to help you when you are carrying bags once they realize you are pregnant. The world is not such a bad place after all.

Your uterus is way above the navel and will measure the size of the FIFA football. Talking about the football, the kicks inside your womb continue as well. There is a full fledged match going on by your star performer.

Check out here what to expect in 25 weeks of pregnancy:

a. Preventing Falls During Pregnancy:

With the growth comes the shift in your center of gravity. You may notice that your balance is not what it used to be. You may find yourself standing on some unsteady ground and the reasons for your unsteadiness could be:

  • Increased girth.
  • Shift in center of gravity.
  • Changes that have taken place in your spine.
  • Tightness in muscles.
  • High levels of hormone relaxin released during pregnancy, which loosens joints.
  • You may experience dizziness and fainting due to lower blood pressure, anemia, decreased blood sugar level and metabolic shifts.

The risk of falls increases with your progressing pregnancy, so does the danger related to the falls. Falling down is never as dangerous as when you are pregnant. Studies show that your chance of fall during pregnancy is about 25% that is roughly equal to the risk for people over the age of 65. Hence, you need to take special precaution to be safe and keep your baby safe.

[ Read: Falling Down During Pregnancy ]

b. Mind When You Move:

Don’t give a damn to how bad your gait is for the time being, because the change is not permanent. You can go back to walking the ramp once your baby is born.

  • For now, adopt a posture that gives you good balance.
  • If you are health conscious woman who has continued to exercise throughout her pregnancy, then it is time for you to watch your steps.
  • Do not try any balancing tricks when you exercise. They can wait until your baby is born. You can entertain your baby and exercise as well post-delivery.
  • Never try new complicated postures during your pregnancy. Do something you are familiar and safe with.
  • Missing your step can be fatal for you or your baby if the trauma is on your abdomen.
  • If by any chance you have a fall or there is incident of trauma to your abdomen, please consult your healthcare provider at the earliest. Often, timely intervention can prevent major crisis in many cases.
  • Take things slow and avoid rushing around in a hurry. Keep away from people who are known to rush around without looking.
  • Avoid multitasking.
  • Use railings when using stairs.
  • Wear flat shoes.
  • Don’t leave clutter around your home or the path you tread.

c. Snoring Beauty:

“How dare you?” you may shout out at your partner who complains that he couldn’t sleep because you were snoring loudly last night. How dare he accuse of snoring when no one has ever complained about it so far. Relax. He is not lying.

  • It is common for you to start snoring as the pregnancy progresses.
  • The increased blood flow to mucous membranes in your nose can cause congestion.
  • It could be related to weight gain or sleep apnea as well.
  • It could also be a clue to gestational diabetes in some cases.

What can you do about it? Nothing much, since it is just annoyance which is going to last until your baby is born. To be on the safer side, you need to bring it to the notice of your health care provider who will rule out any serious problems related to your snoring. Meanwhile, you can tackle this annoyance by:

  • Using some extra pillows to elevate your head.
  • Watch out for those excessive pounds.
  • Find breathing aids like inhalers (which are safe during pregnancy) or nasal strips.
  • Use steamer to relax your nasal cavity.

[ Read: Nasal Spray During Pregnancy ]

d. Sciatica:

Sciatica is the condition caused by the growth of the uterus which exerts pressure on your back and pelvic region. At times the nerves in your lower back and legs get compressed as the baby’s head presses against the pelvic bones. This can lead to:

  • Numbness in legs or back
  • Tingling or severe pain in lower back, legs or buttocks

[ Read: Numbness During Pregnancy ]

If you find the pain and discomfort unbearable, you can follow certain methods to find relief from sciatica:

  • Move around often.
  • Do not sit in one position for a long time.
  • Apply ice pack or hot water bottle to the aching area. They both provide relief.
  • Not stress out the aching body part.
  • Avoid bending over as much as possible.
  • Make yourself comfortable with enough pillows and supports.
  • You can help yourself to a massage or chiropractic care.
  • Do not pick up heavy objects.

No matter how severe your pain is during pregnancy, it will go away on its own after delivery. You do not have to worry about it at all.

25 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms At A Glance:

In addition to the above changes in your body, you will also see the following 25th week pregnancy symptoms:

  • Faster growth of hair and nails.
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Backache
  • Swollen limbs
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Stretch marks
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Larger boobs
  • Round ligament pain
  • Increased sweating
  • Vivid dreams
  • Forgetfulness
  • Sciatica
  • Bleeding gums

[ Read: Bleeding Gums During Pregnancy ]

Glucose Screening Test:

You have to know about the importance of Glucose Screening Test, which is an essential prenatal test done usually between weeks 24-28 of your pregnancy. Nearly 2-5% of pregnant women are at risk for gestational diabetes, which is temporary diabetes that occurs during pregnancy, even without any previous history of the condition.

  • Gestational diabetes can bring down your chances of vaginal delivery, thus increasing the risk of cesarean.
  • Gestational diabetes during pregnancy leads to babies with low blood sugar.
  • It can lead to macrosomia in baby, a condition in which the baby weighs more and is larger than average babies. This makes vaginal delivery difficult.

Carry some books with you when you are going for glucose screening test, since you will have to wait for a while in the hospital.

The procedure for the GCT is as follows:

  • You have to drink a very sweet solution which contains 50 grams of glucose. It comes in different flavors so that you can chill it and drink it easily.
  • You have to consume all of it within 5 minutes.
  • You will have to wait for nearly an hour for your body to process the glucose consumed. This is when the book or magazine comes handy.
  • After the waiting period is over, a sample of blood will be drawn from your arm.

Now you can go home and wait for the results which will be available in a few days. If by any chance you test positive, do not worry. This is just a screening test and not actual diagnosis. You will have to go back for a three hour long procedure of Glucose Tolerance Test to check out whether you really have gestational diabetes.

Be prepared for being sick, especially during the Glucose Tolerance Test which is done when you are fasting. Imagine drinking ultra-sweet soda on an empty stomach.

Care And Tips For Week 25 Pregnancy:

You may have to visit your doctor more often than before as you near your third trimester.

  • Your baby needs more monitoring by the healthcare provider to see that everything is fine and there is no need for intervention.
  • There are some choices you have to make before the baby arrives. One of them is choosing a right birth partner: a person who will be there for you during the D-day.
  • If your partner is willing to be your birth partner go ahead and start planning with him.

[ Read: Wearing Heels During Pregnancy ]

a. Drink Plenty Of Water:

It is important for you to drink plenty of water during pregnancy, since it not only helps you to prevent constipation but also keeps your skin supple to accommodate all the stretching it is undergoing. If your intake of fluids is insufficient, you may suffer itching on your stretching skin.

Benefits:

  • Water facilitates absorption of essential nutrients into blood cells, which will later nourish your baby through the placenta.
  • It flushes out the toxins from your body, making the baby grow in safer environment.
  • Water reduces the risk of UTI (Urinary Tract Infection).
  • It keeps you cool and comfortable.
  • With plenty of fluids intake, you can keep fatigue at bay.
  • Being properly hydrated will bring down the swelling in your legs.
  • A well hydrated woman is at lower risk for premature delivery.

Make sure the water or any other fluids you consume are free of impurities. You do not want to be infected with some water borne disease or a virus during your pregnancy.

b. Sleeping Tips:

If you are among the people who love to stare at the ceiling when you sleep, you have to change the pattern. Sleeping on your back will cause the weight of your uterus to bear down on your spine, back muscles, intestines and blood vessels.

  • This pressure will cause aches in your muscles, legs and back.
  • It can lead to hemorrhoids.
  • It hinders blood circulation.
  • Causes drop in blood pressure leading to dizziness.
  • It can cause snoring and lead to a condition called sleep apnea.

[ Read: Dizziness During Pregnancy ]

Try sleeping on your side as your pregnancy progresses, especially on your left side which is good for both you and your baby.

  • The blood flow to your uterus increases when you sleep on your left side, thus providing your growing baby with more nutrients.
  • It also helps in elimination of waste products from your body.
  • It has been observed that sleeping on the left side reduces swelling in pregnant women.

Avoid sleeping on your back and change position from side to side as often during the night.

[ Read: Sleeping Position During Pregnancy Second Trimester ]

Fun Activity For The Week:

One of the best things you can do for you baby is to keep her safe from pesticides and toxins.

  • Start a small kitchen garden of your own in space available to you.
  • If you don’t have a garden, you can keep some potted plants.
  • Add some herbs that can work as emergency medicines for you and your baby besides veggies and fruits. Since you will never know when you may need them, especially in the first few years in your baby’s life.
  • You can also enjoy your mini gardening with your baby in days to come.

Tips For Dad To Be:

Watching the woman you love go through labor pain is not something you look forward to, but many dads rank the experience of being there for baby’s birth as the most memorable one in their whole lives.

  • If you are up to it, go ahead and tell your partner that you are going to be her birth partner.
  • Being a birth partner means you discuss with the mom-to-be about her preferences for childbirth and pass on the message to the health care providers at the right time.
  • Your partner may not be able to do this when going through her labor pains. It could change your perception to your partner as well.

Even before you realized, you’ve already hit 25 week pregnancy. And very soon, that little star performer is going to be right there in your arms. Good luck!

Have any special tips to share for the mommy-to-be when 25 weeks pregnant? Do let us know by sharing your comments here. Do share your experiences with other readers in the comment box below:

References:

Books:

  1. What to Expect When you’re Expecting by Heidi E. Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
  2. Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Lesley Regan
  3. Pregnancy: The Ultimate Month-by-Month Pregnancy Guide: All the Tips and Tricks You Need to Know!
  4. A Beginners Guide to Pregnancy
  5. Raising Baby Green,The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care, by Alan Greene, M.D.

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