25 Weeks Pregnant: Mother’s Belly, Baby Growth and More

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At 25th week of pregnancy, the baby’s spine is now made up of 1,000 ligaments, 150 joints and 33 rings. This article provides an overview of the fetal development, maternal changes, signs and symptoms and some interesting facts about the 25th week of pregnancy.

Did you know that a baby cries within the first 30 seconds after birth because he takes up air into the lungs the first time in his life?

Height of the baby: 13. 62 inches
Weight of the baby: 660 grams

What Happens to The Baby?

At 25th week of pregnancy, the baby has still enough room to turn. He/she makes tiny jumps and you might fill the kicks. At this point, the baby is able to hear loud noises. The heartbeat of the baby can now also be heard using a stethoscope or by anyone who places his ears onto the abdomen. Using ultrasound, you’ll see your baby sucking his/her thumb or is yawning. Although the placenta controls the temperature, the baby continues to build up fats. At barely 14 inches long, baby’s neck is one of the parts that take time to become steady and smoother. The skin of the baby is now opaque, so blood vessels underneath are concealed.

What Happens to The Mother’s Belly?

25th Week Pregnancy

Mother’s belly continues to go upward and expand horizontally. Mother’s hair and nails are growing speedily, and the skin is becoming sensitive to environmental changes. Breakouts, melasma, stretch marks and hot flashes are expected at 25th week. In addition to that mothers may find it hard to sleep comfortably. Promote sleep by increasing* ventilation into the room and buying a pregnancy pillow.

Common discomforts that mothers may experience at 25th week of pregnancy are but not limited to hemorrhoids, heartburn or indigestion and constipation.

25 Weeks Pregnant

Safety Tips During Pregnancy

  • When to postpone exercise. Regular physical activity is essential during pregnancy. However, if you experience fatigue, dizziness and shortness of breath, postpone workout. Call to mind that strenuous exercise and contact sports are strongly not recommended in pregnant mothers.
  • When to travel. The best time to (air) travel is during the second trimester of pregnancy when most of the notorious symptoms of pregnancy begin to cool down. Most airlines do not allow pregnant mothers to travel at 32nd week of pregnancy and beyond, although policies and terms of rules about traveling while pregnant vary from one airlines to another.
  • When not to have sex. Partners can still perform sex during pregnancy. At some point, pregnant mother’s libido spikes as a result of surging hormones, so they experience stronger sexual desire. However, sexual activity is not safe to perform when mothers encounter problems or complications in pregnancy such as placenta previa, vaginal bleeding, cervical insufficiency, ruptured membranes, dilated cervix and presence of infection.
  • When not to have massage. Prenatal massage has a lot of potential benefits to the mother. Massage eases back pain, decreases* level of stress and improves* sleep. However, certain types of massage put pregnant mothers at risk of blood clots such as deep massage, percussive tapping, shiatsu, deep acupressure and other massage that involves strong and deep pressure. When going to massage centers, always inform the attendant of your pregnancy.

Additional Information: Is Facials Safe for Pregnant Mothers?

Getting facials when pregnant is fine and poses not risk to the baby. Basic facial procedures do not involve extensive heat and chemicals that can be dangerous to the growing baby. It is worth-mentioning however that the skin is more sensitive during pregnancy and that skin breakouts and discolorations are expected. Hence, even you go to a specialist, you may be not happy with the results.

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Expert Author : Peony C Echavez (Consumer Health Digest)

Peony is a registered nurse, and former Director of Nursing services for a
large nursing facility. She has written web content for a large health education website, and currently creates content for a number of health
practisioners.