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Pregnancy Week 25

Pregnancy Week 25

Baby Development

By this week, the baby has reached the 13-inch length and is a pound and a half in weight. The baby’s reflexes are being developed, and there will be a lot of movement during this time. The baby has now begun developing the pigment responsible for hair color. As such, the hair has now got some texture and color. The baby’s skin also turns pink because blood flows through the newly developed capillaries.

The baby’s lungs produce surfactant, which will help them function normally in the coming weeks. Besides the lungs, the nose has begun preparation for taking the air. As there’s no air available in the mother’s womb, the baby takes amniotic fluid through the nose. It does serve as practice for breathing air after delivery.

Changes in mother

By this week, your uterus has grown to be the size of a football. The kicks are also getting more painful, so you must be prepared for that. About half of women experience hemorrhoids and swollen veins in the bottom that are often itchy and painful. It happens due to the increased uterus size, putting pressure on the rectum. It can worsen if you have constipation. Hence staying hydrated and eating food with more fiber content can help.

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Pregnancy Week 25 symptoms

A few of the symptom this week includes

  1. RLS or Restless leg syndrome:- In addition to the tingling sensation of the wrist, you would also find a tingling sensation in your legs and a strong urge to keep your legs moving. Keep track of your diet as particular food can make this condition worse
  2. SPD or symphysis pubis dysfunction is because the ligaments of the pelvis have loosened and misaligned. Do a few pelvic exercises and wear a support belt to get some more support.
  3. Snores:- It’s a common symptom due to nasal congestion during pregnancy; however, it might also be a sign of sleep apnea. So, it’s better to check if your snoring is not letting you sleep.

Important Tips

What to do

  1. Use ice packs to get relief for your sore bottom.
  2. Wear a support belt to provide support to your pelvic region
  3. Maintain good dental hygiene as it prevents bleeding gums and also helps longer pregnancies
  4. Do some light pelvic floor exercises
  5. Use a lot of moisturizers

What to avoid

  1. Any depressive thoughts can turn into postpartum depression
  2. Any sweet, fatty, and calorie-rich food. go for healthy snacks

When to Consult a Doctor

  1. Consult a physical therapist if there’s unbearable pain in the pelvic region.
  2. Consult a mental health expert if you have postpartum depression.


At 25 weeks, the baby would be 13 inches long and a pound and a half weight. The mother would have hemorrhoids, restless legs, and symphysis pubis dysfunction. Use ice packs, a support belt, moisturizer, and brush daily. Avoid depressive thoughts.

  1. N H S
  2. Healthdirect Australia
  3. The Cleveland Clinic
    Fetal Development 
  4. The Mayo Clinic
    Fetal development
  5. Women Health
    Pregnancy: Stages of pregnancy


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