Once you reach week 25, you are at the end of your second trimester. At week 25, you are done with 5 months and 2 weeks and you are approximately 4 months away from delivering the bundle of joy. The baby is constantly growing and moving during these weeks.
The size of the baby
The size of the baby resembles the full ear of corn.
Weight/height of the baby
The height of the baby at this stage is around 13.1 inches i.e. 33.6 cms while the weight of the baby is around 1.7 pounds or 785 grams.
About your baby
At week 25, the baby starts gaining baby fat which makes the skin look smoother and facial features well-defined. The baby hair is visible with texture and color being prominent. The reflexes of the baby are also in the forming phase. The baby starts responding to noises at this stage. The fingerprints of the baby are completed at this stage while the palm creases are still in the developing phase. The baby looks pink during this stage due to the small vessel formation. The eyelids of the baby are shut while the baby can detect light and dark outer environment. The nose and nostrils of the baby start to function during this stage. The baby starts breathing within the amniotic fluid. The lungs start producing surfactant during week 25 which later allows them to breathe properly. The baby develops the sense of balance during this stage where it detects the upward or downward position of the uterus.
About your body
You’ll experience increased weight gain with discomfort and clumsiness during week 25. The size of the uterus during this stage resembles a soccer ball. The movements of the baby get stronger during this week due to increased muscle strength and coordination.
The symptoms that you might experience during week 25 include restless leg syndrome- which results in a continuous movement of legs in order to relieve the crawling or tingling sensation. You might experience thicker hair, carpal tunnel syndrome, indigestion, heartburn, bloating and hemorrhoids.
Do & Don’ts
The bump of the mom-to-be starts increasing in size, it’s better to follow the basic tips during the second trimester:
• Wear belly bands which support your bulging bump
• Avoid wearing high heels to prevent swelling in feet and cramps in legs
• Try eating smaller and frequent meals to avoid heartburn
• Try to involve your partner in next appointments with doctors
• Maintain a healthy and balanced diet including fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, lean meat and others.
• Stay hydrated at all times by increasing the consumption of water.
• Perform light exercises and yoga to stay healthy and fit. Avoid sports activities and lifting exercises.
• Moisturize your stretch marks to avoid itchy skin or rashes.
• Prepare the birth pan.
• Start buying different essential items for your baby.
• Spend your time with your partner.
• Try learning stuff about newborn babies.
• Indulge yourself in stress-relaxation techniques to remain stress-free.