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25 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know at this pregnancy stage, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to at 25 weeks pregnant:
1.     Your baby’s skin is smoothing out.
2.     Trouble sleeping.
3.     Constipation.
4.     Tingling in your hands.
5.     Thick, shiny hair.

How your life will change this week:
Pregnancy hormones are still in full flood (and will be for some time). Studies have shown that as well as all the other effects they have on the body, hormones can affect your sleep. But you may also find that your thoughts are preoccupied with how soon you may be giving birth, and all the things you want to do before then. Anxiety can make it difficult for you to sleep peacefully at night. As your baby grows, it will probably be harder to find a comfortable position in bed.

During pregnancy, hormones slow the passage of food through your digestive system so that you and your baby can absorb as many nutrients as possible. The side-effect of that can be constipation. In order to keep things flowing, it’s a good idea to eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and drink plenty of water.

And then there’s the tingling in your hands. While you’re pregnant you have an increased volume of blood in your system, which can put unusual pressure on the nerves in your wrists. If the nerve becomes pinched, it can cause a tingling or painful feeling. The condition is called carpal tunnel syndrome and can be treated fairly successfully – ask your doctor if it’s bothering you.

Finally, one of the best things about pregnancy hormones is that they slow the rate of hair loss. Your hair doesn’t fall out as often during pregnancy, so many women have thick, lustrous hair – enjoy it while it lasts.  

Your baby’s development this week:
Your baby is beginning to fill out with some baby fat, smoothing out the wrinkles in the skin. Measuring about 35cm from crown to heel, your baby will weigh around 660g this week. They have a good sense of gravity and know which way is up and which way is down. Your baby’s eyes are now sensitive to light and they will know when there is daylight and when there is darkness. Most importantly, their respiratory system is getting stronger every day, preparing for the outside world. Your  aby’s lungs are also now producing a substance called surfactant, which will help them expand and be able to breathe after birth.

This week’s To Do list:
  • Make sure your medical aid knows your due date, and that you’ve filled out all the necessary forms for pre-authorisation.
  • Finish any DIY necessary for your baby’s nursery (you won’t want to be doing too much in the third trimester).
  • Buy yourself some new accessories to liven up your maternity clothes.
If you have 5 minutes… Pregnancy top tip.
Drink plenty of water in the morning and early afternoon, and less in the evening. This might help you wake up less often during the night to pee.

Curious about next week?  
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

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BabyGroup says:
This article has been checked by Andrea Klinkenberg, Midwife. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.


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