A 25 weeks pregnant woman is already in her third trimester of pregnancy. The end is near so to speak. At this stage of your pregnancy, the biggest pain a pregnant woman feels is in her butt. More than half the pregnant women out there, experience swollen, itchy veins in the rectum also known as hemorrhoids. This is because the uterus is pressing down on the rectum and there is an increase blood flow in this area of the body. This may not be dangerous, but is definitely painful. One way to avoid it is to eat right. Eat fiber rich foods to aid you in your digestion and to avoid constipation. Constipation can aggravate the rectum even further thus should be avoided. Avoid straining yourself when you poop. Forcing yourself to poop can also cause extreme pain down there. As cliché sounding as it may sound, believe what everyone say that all these pain will go away once you give birth.
Another common sign that you are 25 weeks pregnant is indigestion or heartburn. It feels like the stomach acid is burning up your esophagus and setting fire to your chest. This is normal since your uterus is growing and hitting on your stomach. Your baby is also partly to be blamed for this. He or she is slightly pushing on your digestive system pushing the stomach acid up your esophagus. Do keep handy a pack or two of Tums or Rolaids to ease that pain.
Snoring is also common at this stage of your pregnancy. There is an increase in the blood flow in the mucous membrane congesting your nose, making you snore a lot. That is if you are sleeping at all. Pregnancy can also cause sleeplessness. It is tough to get comfortable with a tummy the size of a soccer ball. Aside from this, the extra blood volume also puts pressure on the blood vessels causing them to a bulge. This can result in varicose veins.
A 25 weeks pregnant woman is also prone to Symphis pubis dysfunction or SPD. About one pregnant woman out of 35 experiences intense pelvic pain thus making it difficult to walk, climb stairs and do any action involving the pelvic bone. The reason behind this tremendous pain is the separation of the symphysis pubis, the joint in the very front part of the pelvic bone. When the cartilages filling the gap between the bones become too soft, it can cause the pelvic bones to be flexible. This is in preparation for giving birth. As the gap becomes bigger, the pelvic bones become more sensitive even to the slightest touch.
Another obvious sign that you are already in your third trimester is when you feel like you have a thicker, more lustrous hair. Hormonal changes in your body prevent the daily natural hair loss you experience prior to pregnancy. You may also feel like your nails grow longer faster and your skin is drier than the usual. You need not worry. All of this will pass as soon as you give birth. Therefore, you should enjoy and dread it while you can.
At 25 weeks, you will most likely gain somewhere between 226 to 453 grams of weight per week. This weight gain will stay steady until the end of your pregnancy. It may even increase a bit more once you draw near the last few weeks of pregnancy. Just like all the other signs this will also decrease as soon as that little bundle of joy is out of your womb.
What your baby should be at
By this week, your baby should be at an amazing 13 and ½ inches length and should weigh a little over one and a half pounds. Your baby is starting to plump up as fats are slowly created making the skin less translucent and more normal like. Growth will slowly decrease from this point on, but your baby will continue to develop and grow in other ways aside from length. His hair will continue to grow and with proper apparatus you might be able to determine hair color by this stage. The wrinkly skin of your baby will slowly become smoother and he or she will soon start blinking his or her eyelids.
Your baby’s bones are becoming solid and his or her hands are now fully developed. As the baby’s brain is growing rapidly, his or her brain cells are slowly maturing at this stage. The baby’s gender is also more discernible at this stage as sexual organs are fully developed now.
A baby born at this stage has a 50% chance of survival since the baby has somewhat already reached well-built proportions at this time. There is still a little body fat and the skin is still a bit thin. The structure of your baby’s spine- all 33 rings, 150 joints and 1000 ligaments – are beginning to form at week 25.
Although the baby’s hands are now fully developed, the nerve connections are still in the process of formation. But compared to before, dexterity is better now than ever. Your baby can start to clasp his hand as if holding objects inside the womb. He can also start touching his face with his hand, touch his left hand with his right hand, clasps his feet, touch his leg with his feet or touch the umbilical cord with his hands. Twins at this stage also start exploring each other and begin their bonding as siblings.
The blood vessels of his or her lungs are now developing. Alongside this his or her heartbeat will gradually decrease until around 140 beats per minute. This beating is actually loud enough so that anyone who presses an ear to your belly can hear your baby’s heartbeat. Your baby’s nostrils are slowly opening while the nerves in the lips and the mouth are becoming more sensitive to the slightest movements. Your baby’s reflexes, including the swallowing reflexes are now developing making him or her more ready for the outside world.
Movement wise, your baby should be slowly moving towards a head upright position. His butt and legs should be pointing towards your pelvis ready for takeoff. In a few more weeks, your baby will be taking his or her first gulp of air outside your womb.