Your Pregnancy: Week 25

Pregnancy week by week: You are 25 weeks pregnant


Your Body

Your soccer ball-sized uterus is sitting between your belly button and sternum, crowding your organs and causing you a myriad of issues: indigestion, constipation, hemorrhoids and trouble sleeping. As you baby grows, your stomach is being squeezed along with other organs and moving closer to your esophagus. The end result is indigestion and heartburn. An antacid like Tums will offer some relief. Keep constipation at bay by consuming a variety of fluids, eating a high-fibre diet and doing Kegel exercises. Hemorrhoids, varicose veins in your rectum, are sometimes caused by constipation in pregnancy. Apply witch hazel with a cotton pad to your anus to reduce swelling or bleeding and wet or dry baking soda to alleviate itching. Relax in a warm baking soda bath, don’t sit or stand for too long or don’t strain during bowel movements.

You need your rest but your belly bump and strange and vivid dreams are getting in the way of sleep. Lying on your side with a pregnancy pillow or three regular pillows — one for your head, between your knees and back — might make you feel more comfortable when you’re horizontal.

Your dreams are healthy and normal. They’re your mind’s way of processing angst or worry about giving birth and impending motherhood. Have your partner give you nighttime massages — it will relax you and baby will love it, too.

Baby’s World

When measured from the top of his head to his bum, he’s approximately 22 cm. (8.66 in.) and weighs 680 g. (1.5 lbs); he’s the size of a squash. Tiny blood vessels (a.k.a. capillaries) are making his skin rosy. Here’s proof that his optic nerve is working: shine a light on your stomach and baby will immediately turn his head. Under his gums tooth buds have been forming. His nostrils are unplugged so he can practice breathing. You might feel him hiccup now that his vocal cords are operational. Rings, joints and ligaments are taking shape on his spine.

Fun Fact

Fetuses have been known to cover their ears to shield themselves from loud noises they hear outside the womb.

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