Week-by-Week Pregnancy: 25th Week
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You have entered the last trimester of the pregnancy adventure consisting of 3 trimesters with this week. First of all, congratulations! You are in a new period where you feel the baby’s movements, get used to their kicks, and even follow them. The bond between you will become even stronger from this week on, and of course, new questions will arise in your mind. What awaits you, and what will be the changes in your baby? In this article, we have prepared every detail about the 25th week of pregnancy for you.
Baby at 25th Week
By this time, the systems in his body and the organs that make up the systems have already formed. Nowadays, the essential details in the life cycle will gradually begin to form in the 25-week-old baby’s body.
How Big Has My Baby got?
We can say that your baby is the size of a pear from fruits this week and the size of a small rabbit from animals. Then it will appear more clearly on the ultrasound, and you will be able to see your baby as a whole. As the baby will get bigger in the following weeks, it won’t be possible to see it all on a small screen, so now the most significant advantage of being the size of a small rabbit is that you can see it as a whole.
In your baby, who has completed the development of his organs to a large extent, the growth of only one organ will now be completed; lungs. All his remaining organs are primarily formed; although he is tiny, he is considered an individual because his organs are almost complete. In the next period, his organs will develop. Further, his weight will increase, and all his organs will learn to work in harmony with each other.
The 25-week-old baby’s height and weight will be approximate as in the table below:
The value stated here is an average value and will not be the same as your baby because babies are different from each other, as with every human being, so their growth rates may differ. For this reason, your doctor will let you know if your baby is between the average values at your control at the 25th week of pregnancy.
The Development of Your Baby's Systems and Newly Gained Skills
The Circulatory System
The 25-week-old baby’s heartbeats about 140-150 times per minute, and the sensory organs of the owner of this tiny heart are now highly developed. You may feel that he is especially reacting to sounds.
While your baby’s nervous system continues to develop rapidly this week, his brain can now communicate with his organs. So he can move his hands and punch, and he has learned to use his developing senses to explore his surroundings. If you’re lucky, you might even see on the ultrasound that she’s starting to suck her thumb.
His brain, which had a flat shape until this week, will begin to form nerve folds.
Her eyelids were fully developed in the previous weeks, and from this week onwards, she will begin to move her eyelids and develop the reflex of opening and closing.
His body has reached the size it should have been when he was born. In other words, if we divide your baby’s body into three parts like head, torso, and legs, each of them will be balanced with each other, and its growth will progress proportionally from now on. As the big head, you’ve seen on ultrasound so far will shrink, it will begin to be replaced by more prominent arms and legs.
The hormone adrenaline, one of the hormones we know closely, will begin to be secreted from the adrenal glands this week.
The development of his lungs, one of the most important organs for his survival, has begun. First of all, the capillaries in the lungs are forming tiny as of this week.
The development of the brain will now directly affect the respiratory system, and breathing will become regular. He will continue to take air into his lungs by swallowing the amniotic fluid. Although he receives the oxygen necessary for his development through the amniotic fluid, he will still receive most oxygen through the placenta.
The formation of a black stool, known as meconium, in your baby’s large intestines continues this week as well. Some babies can pass this stool while still in the womb, but they should not swallow it and go into their lungs. To avoid such a situation, it is essential not to have a late birth.
25 Weeks Baby Moves
When the nerve cells are well developed this week, the brain can now communicate with the muscles. For this reason, the fingers and toes and the arms and feet begin to move. Grasping ability is highly developed. You, on the other hand, begin to recognize and understand your baby’s movements better. Now you will gradually begin to analyze how he reacts to which of your actions. For example, some babies start to move immediately when they lie down in your bed at night, while some babies may wake you up in the morning with their movements. As your baby connects with the outside world through his senses, you start the hormone adrenaline Onetwo to know him.
Sensory Organs and Developmental Characteristics in 25 Weeks Baby
While the baby’s organs are being completed and growing, the sense organs enter the most active development period thanks to the developed nervous system. If we consider and examine each sense organ one by one;
Eye and Sight
Among the baby’s sense organs, the last sense to develop will be the vision. The eyelids, which were formed just 2 weeks ago, learn to move and open and close as of this week. From the 26th week, it will begin to blink.
Ear and Hearing
Our baby’s ears were formed at week 24, and the hearing system continued to develop until the 24th week. As of the 25th week of this pregnancy, she gets used to the noises in the mother’s womb and begins to recognize the sounds outside. In particular, she becomes able to distinguish her mother’s voice. In the following process, he will get used to the voice of his father and his mother and will hear it and start to react. This is the best time to talk to your baby, read stories and sing songs to your baby.
Tongue and Taste
The sense of taste, which is one of the earliest developing senses, is now well developed. The baby, fed with amniotic fluid, can detect the flavors of the food consumed by the mother. For this reason, when you follow your baby’s movements, you can easily measure how he reacts to which food you consume.
Nose and Sense of Smell
The nose, completed in the 11th and 15th weeks, became more sensitive by increasing the number of receptors. While it was thought that the smell could only be carried by air in the old times, some tests show that babies can also distinguish different smells when they are in the womb.
Skin and the Sense of Touch
At the 25th week of pregnancy, her skin is still wrinkled because she’s pretty skinny, and therefore, her skin is expected to be stuffed with meat. Starting this week, your baby will start to gain weight fast, and the appearance of wrinkles on his skin will gradually disappear. Fat tissues will mature, and the skin will become smooth.
Mom at 25 Weeks Pregnancy
From the beginning of these weeks, your uterus is approximately 4 cm above the navel, the size of a soccer ball on average, and this image is now well visible from the outside. So, what are you feeling physically and emotionally? Let’s evaluate it together?
Stomach boils, indigestion, gas, and bloating:
One of the periods when this situation, which you can experience in different stages of pregnancy, becomes evident is the 25th week and later. Almost every pregnant woman experiences this troublesome process. Gastric boil occurs when the ring muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach relaxes, and food and sharp digestive juices back up from the stomach into the esophagus. With the enlargement of the uterus, this complaint also increases. To prevent this situation, you can avoid spicy and spicy foods and avoid fried and oily foods. Unfortunately, chocolate, coffee, and carbonated drinks should be among your last choices during this period.
The oscillations in your mood decrease, and you begin to look a little more into the future. Shopping for your baby will also allow you to manage your emotional state more controlled. Of course, it is normal to be worried from time to time while making good plans for the future. Especially with the first baby, you don’t have the slightest idea of what awaits you, which brings anxieties. Don’t worry, everyone goes through these roads, make sure you will love these feelings after three months.
Your breasts, which are preparing to give milk, will get bigger, and you will even start to be undecided about how to wear a bra. You can use maternity bras in a model that will make you more comfortable instead of the ones you use now. With a bit of research, you can find a suitable solution for your unusually growing breasts.
As your wife gets older, itchy skin will start with it. The reason for this itching is your tense abdominal muscles. Do not skip applying cream almost every day.
In this process, you may also see bleeding in the gums. Your sensitive gums may redden a little and even bleed directly with each brushing. You can choose to use more sensitive toothbrushes for this.
Tips to Minimize Troublesome Pregnancy Symptoms
You are likely to experience different symptoms at each stage of pregnancy; after all, you are in an unusual period both physically and spiritually. However, there are ways to reduce these symptoms experienced by every mother-to-be. Let’s take a look at ways to minimize symptoms at 25 weeks pregnant.
- Pay attention to the foods you consume to prevent indigestion syndrome. Try to identify which foods bother you more and consume less of these foods. Thus, you will increase your quality of life a little more during pregnancy. At the same time, you can prevent this situation by eating more often instead of consuming hefty portions of food in small meals. The important thing is never to be hungry and create snacks for yourself with fruits and use nuts as much as possible.
- You may be having trouble sleeping, and there can be many reasons. You may not sleep because of feeling the birth approaches, cramps in the legs, or indigestion. For this, if you are not experiencing a troublesome pregnancy-related process, take care to have an active morning. A body that is tired in the morning will sleep more comfortably at night. However, try to eat dinner slowly, if possible, before it’s too late. The better you have digested your food, the more comfortable your stomach will be if you enter sleep time.
- Leg cramps increase during this period of pregnancy. One of the main reasons for this may be a magnesium deficiency. Moreover, these cramps may not be as you know before but maybe of the kind that will leave a lot of pain in your leg. While the cramp is in, pull your toes towards you and try to bring your leg closer to you by breaking it from the knee area. During the day, lie on your back a few times and try to rest by supporting the bottom of your feet with pillows. Make it your duty to drink at least 2 liters of water a day.
How Much Weight Should You Gain?
Weight gain during pregnancy is different for every woman. Just as pregnancy symptoms are different in every pregnant woman, the weight you need to gain is also different. After all, everyone’s weight at the time of pregnancy is different. Here, of course, your doctor will make the most accurate guidance for your body.
It should be noted that the 25th week of pregnancy is now entering the months when weight gain will be the fastest. Maybe you will gain as much of the weight that you have gained so far in the rest of the time. However, if we need to make a general evaluation, how many kilos are gained in the 25th week; You are expected to have gained an average of 7-9 kilos. While less weight can negatively affect the baby’s development, gaining more weight can be harmful to you. For this reason, it is essential to keep the weight under control, especially during these weeks.
Recommendations for nutrition at 25 weeks of pregnancy;
The vitamin you need the most is manganese. Because this vitamin, which is extremely important in the development of the baby’s bone and cartilage, will first be consumed from your body’s store, if your body does not have enough manganese, this time you may start to experience cramps in your legs. Which foods contain manganese that you need 2 mg per day?
- Brown rice
- Rolled oats
- Peanut butter
25th Week Pregnancy Checklist
You have entered the third trimester during pregnancy, where you need to monitor both yourself and your baby the most. For this reason, we share below a checklist of what you should do at the 25th week of pregnancy and beyond.
- Measure your blood pressure frequently from this week onwards. Although everything has been going well until today, the critical process for your baby is still going on. For this reason, take care to measure your blood pressure at least 1-2 times a week and note the results. Remember that it is normal for your blood pressure to be 1-2 degrees below normal. For example, the value of 6 to 10 is the blood pressure value in pregnant women.
- Start baby shopping. Although you have done the research so far, you may not have reached the purchasing stage yet. But try to complete your shopping list starting this week. You will not only spread all the expenses over several months, but the more you buy, the more you will lack.
- Plan your maternity leave. Plan when you’ll be leaving, taking into account your job situation and pregnancy, and share this with your workplace.
- Plan your last trips. You are approaching a period when there are restrictions in terms of transportation during pregnancy. Therefore, if you have a holiday plan, put it into action without further delay and enjoy the last holiday at the 25th week of pregnancy before the new period in your life begins.
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