Once you reach week 25, you are finally at the end of your second trimester and approximately 4 months away from delivering your bundle of joy! During these few weeks, your baby will be constantly growing and moving.
The size of the baby
By week 25, 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 33.6 cm while the weight of the baby is around 785 grams.
About your baby
At week 25, your baby starts gaining baby fat which makes the skin look smoother and facial features well-defined. The baby hair is visible with texture and colour being prominent. The reflexes of your baby are also in the forming phase. Your little one will start responding to noises at this stage. The fingerprints of your baby are completed at this stage while the palm creases are still in the developing phase. Your baby will look pink during this stage due to the small vessel formation. Although the eyelids of your baby are shut, they are still able to detect light and darkness in their outer environment. The nose and nostrils of your baby start to function during this stage. Your baby will also start breathing within the amniotic fluid. The lungs start producing surfactant during week 25 which later allows them to breathe properly. Your baby develops a sense of balance during this stage where he or she will detect 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 your uterus during this stage resembles a soccer ball and the movements of your baby get stronger 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 haemorrhoids.
Do & Don’ts / Advice / Checklist / Tips
• 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