Congratulations, Mama! Making it to the 25th week of pregnancy is no mean feat, but you’ve done it like a boss. We know moms, the discomfort and pain that comes with pregnancy are not easy to bear. However, you only have fifteen more weeks to go till you get to hold your little bundle of joy in your hands! As a mommy to be, it is quite exciting to know about the developments of your baby every week. Here’s an interesting fact about your baby’s growth this week: it is now as big as an acorn squash!
Your baby is growing inside you fast and steadily. Take a look at your baby’s growth progress report for this week.
Your baby is now almost 33 cm in length and weighs around 0.68 kg. At this stage, your baby is about the size of an acorn squash!
Your baby’s startle reflex is developing this week, so try not to be around loud noises or make sudden movements; this scares the baby. However, when you can feel your baby hiccuping, you could use this startle reflex to stop the hiccups.
This week, your baby is gaining some mass! The wrinkly appearance of their skin is fading slowly, owing to the pounds that your little one is rapidly gaining.
At birth, not all babies have hair on their heads. However, if your baby is among the ones who are born with a head full of hair, the texture of their hair may begin to show at this stage of pregnancy.
Capillaries are beginning to form under the baby’s skin at this stage. These capillaries are filling with blood, thereby leading to your baby’s skin colour looking pinker than before. This pink effect appears irrespective of the final skin colour your baby adorns.
Towards the end of the 25th week, blood vessels will begin to develop inside your baby’s lungs as well, leading them one step closer to their fully mature stage.
In the 25th week, the bone marrow becomes the main site for blood cell production in your baby’s body. Earlier, this responsibility used to be shared by the baby’s liver.
With the onset of the 25th week, your baby’s nasal senses are developing further. They now have a sense of smell, and can, therefore, smell the scents and odours in the amniotic fluid.
The baby’s eyelids open for the first time around this week.
Your baby now has better chances of survival outside the womb. 67-76% of babies who are born at this stage go home safely with their families.
What can you expect to see in the ultrasound?
Usually, at the 25th week, doctors do not call you in for an ultrasound, unless it is an emergency. However, here are some of the things you may expect to see in ultrasound at the 25th week.
Your baby has a distinct shape and size at this stage of pregnancy.
You can feel your baby becoming very active and exploring their home in your womb.
You might even feel your baby kicking or jumping in response to loud sounds; this is the startle reflex.
Although your baby is still much skinnier than what they will be at birth, they have developed fat significantly and the wrinkly effect of their skin is reduced exponentially.
The baby’s brain also develops at this stage; deeper furrows and grooves are visible in the cerebral cortex. The brain is already capable of controlling the baby’s active body functions.
Things to do
Even though you still have 15 weeks to go, you are at a pretty advanced stage in your pregnancy. Your baby has been quite busy this week, and so must you! Here is a list of things that you must be doing in the 25th week of pregnancy.
Make yourself aware of postpartum depression. Read all you can get your hands on about postpartum depression, and if any of the symptoms feel familiar, consult your doctor immediately.
It is important that you moisturize well since with the growth of your belly, your skin is stretching a lot as well. This stretch in the skin leads to frequent itchiness, which can be reduced by moisturization.
Fast prepared meals will be your best friend during this stage of pregnancy, when long hours of activity may lead to fatigue.
Frequent snacking is expected in this stage. However, you must make sure that the snacks you opt for are healthy and not junk food. Replace the doughnuts with carrot muffins whenever you have sweet cravings.
Start deciding on a name for your baby. You might think that you have a lot of time, but fifteen weeks will pass by in the blink of an eye!
Keeping all of these pointers and tips in mind, we would also emphasize the fact that in your attempts to remain healthy, do not forget to enjoy the experience of pregnancy. You’re already six months into the pregnancy, and the remaining three will pass by just as fast. Enjoy and cherish these moments with your loved ones, and bring in your little one in a world full of love, care, and joy.
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