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25 weeks pregnant (6 months pregnant), 3 months to go before the baby’s arrival. This is the great time to pre-register, so that an expectant mother does not need to fill up any forms before getting admitted.
The mother in week 25
At week 25, a pregnant woman is bound to experience having trouble sleeping. An old wives tale suggests that it is the body’s way of preparing soon-to-be mother for sleepless nights with baby. Apart from that, here are the following symptoms in week 25:
Week 25 symptoms
Colon congestion (widely known as constipation) happens while pregnant due to the presence of progesterone which relaxes the muscles. When the muscles are relaxed, the digestive movement slows down which causes colon congestion.
Did you know that more than 50% of women experience rectal bleeding while pregnant? Rectal bleeding (hemorrhoids – a form of varicose veins) begins when the veins in the rectum begins to swell and itch due to the expanding uterus and increased blood flow to the area.Pregnancy week by week
Acid reflux (also known as heartburns) is caused by the presence of progesterone. This hormone relaxes the uterine muscles and the esophageal valve. This then allows the gastric acid to seep back up from the gut up to the throat which causes the burning sensation.
Plus, in the later parts of pregnancy, the growing baby which squashes the internal organs triggers the same symptom.
Baby blues is a combination of mixed emotions such as sadness, irritability, exhaustion, anxiety, and lack of sleep. This type of depression usually begins within a few days after child delivery and lasts for 2 – 3 weeks.
If baby blues worsens, it becomes a post – partum depression (abbreviated as PPD). Did you know that about 10 – 20% post – partum depression? This type of depression not lasts for months or worst, years. PPD is more enduring and includes the following symptoms:
- Extreme fatigue
- Lack of appetite
- Memory loss
- Lack of desire to take care oneself and the baby
- Panic attack
- Obsessive – compulsive behavior
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (commonly known as tingling hands) happens due to the increased blood volume which pressures and swells up the nerves in the wrist. This symptom is felt on the wrists, hands, and fingers.
Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction
Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction is when the ligaments which keep the pelvic bone aligned become relaxed and stretched out. This type of dysfunction is caused by the relaxin hormone.
In some rare cases, pregnant women suffer from Disastis Symphsis (also called as Symphyseal separation) a condition which is worse than SPD. Disastis Symphsis causes a more severe pain in the pelvis, groin, hips, and buttocks.
Rapid growth of hair and nails
The rapid growth of hair and nails is caused by the presence of pregnancy hormones (particularly estrogen). Moreover, the increased blood flow and the pumped up metabolism which brings more nutrients to the hair and nails.
The downside of this hormonally – triggered symptom is when the hair sprout strands in unnecessary places. However, there is no need to worry since the excess hair will fall out within 6 months after she gave birth.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless leg syndrome (abbreviated as RLS) is a hereditary symptom which is caused by iron deficiency and stress.
The baby in week 25
During the 25th week, the baby-in-waiting is already a full inch longer than the ruler (13 inches). In the previous week, the baby still weighs in ounces. This week, he is already passing the 1 pound a half mark. Aside from that, below are the following changes:
- At week 25, the developing fetus stretches about 13.6 – 14.8 inches long from crown-to-foot (and about 9 inches crown-to-rump) measurement and with a scale of 1 ½ – 2.5 pounds.
- All of the unborn baby’s senses (touch, sight, auditory, smell, taste) are already fully functioning. In line with this, taste buds are already sprouting in her tongue; his ears are now in their respective positions, similarly, his blink-startle response and/or reflexes are now developing (baby’s response to loud noises); his eyes are doing rapid movements (REM) even though his eyelids are still shut.
- His nerve connections have extended their sensory experiences to his fingers and toes. By the same token, he can already wiggle his toes or put his fingers in his mouth. These fetal movements can even be seen via a sonogram image.
- Baby fat (adipose tissues/ fat deposits) continues to fill out underneath the epidermis. Even though the baby-in-waiting is still lean and has saggy skin, he is slowly gaining pounds of weight and losing the wrinkly appearance.
- If the baby-to-be has hair (though some are bald), the pigment and texture may appear anytime soon at week 25.
- The growing baby’s movements have scheduled a pattern of regular intervals per day. In a like manner, his movements increase whenever he hears his mother and/or his father’s voice or when his favorite tune is playing.
- The unborn baby’s skin turns more pinkish because his small blood vessels (capillaries) begin to form underneath the epidermis. At the same time, filling the baby’s body with more blood.
- Baby’s lungs begin to produce a surfactant, a substance which aids the organ to expand with oxygen after the fetus is born. As of now, his lungs still need a lot of maturing to sufficiently deliver oxygen to the bloodstream and release carbon dioxide whenever the baby exhales. At the end of the week, capillaries (small blood vessels) will take over his lungs which bring it closer to full maturation and aids in its breathing exercises.
- Aside from the lungs, the baby-to-be’s nostrils are also preparing for air intake. At week 25, his plugged nostrils are beginning to open. In a like manner, he is starting to practice his breathing exercises even though he is currently breathing the amniotic fluid in and out of his system.
Pregnancy tips for week 25
6 months down, 3 months to go and the baby finally arrives. A few months to go and the painful journey is over, an expectant mother will finally see her bouncing baby boy (or girl). To maintain a healthy pregnancy she must be consistent with the following:
Things to do during the 25th week of pregnancy
Drink plenty of fluids
To lower the instances of having sleepless nights at week 25, drink a lot of water early in the morning. So that she can reducing her water intake as bedtime approaches. That way, she can sleep soundly and lessen the need to urinate frequently at night.
Eat in moderation
Always eat in moderation while pregnant. Opt for small several meals rather than eating 3 large meals to avoid gassiness and indigestion.
Take a swim
Swimming is the best exercise to soothe the added weight of the growing belly. Plus, swimming eases various body pains and pressures of pregnancy.
Use a heating pad
Whenever her back aches, place a heating pad at her back to alleviate and soothe the soreness. To create a heating pad, here is what she needs to do:
- Fill up a cotton tube sock with plain and white rice
- Tie up the loose end of the sock
- Put the sock in a microwave (about 1 – 2 minutes) until the rice is warm
Get a calf massage
Ask the spouse to give a pregnant woman a good calf massage, this aid in relaxing the muscles. Not only that, his handiwork will also help her body stimulate endorphins (pain-blocking chemicals) and increase the feelings of intimacy.
Alternative therapies for pregnancy pain
If homebased and/or homemade therapies do not soothe the soreness, consider doing these alternative therapies for pregnancy pain:
- Pre-natal yoga
Heartburn – trigger foods
To reduce the occurrence and severity of acid refluxes (heartburns), avoid the following foods below:
- Tomato sauce
- Spicy foods
- Fried foods
Aside from that, a soon-t0-be mom must sleep with her head elevated; consume minimal water during meals (drink water an hour before and after meals to avoid dehydration).
Good oral hygiene
Studies show that maintaining a good oral hygiene during pregnancy has something to do with the baby’s safety.
Kegel exercise is named after gynecologist Arnold Kegel, this physical activity aids in strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles support the bladder, uterus, and other internal organs. It also controls the urine flow and the vaginal and anal sphincter contractions.
Doing Kegel exercises (commonly known as pelvic – floor exercises) while pregnant prevents urinary incontinence or the loss of bladder control. In addition to that, this type of exercise aid in shorter hours of child labor and a quicker post – birth recovery.
Eat fiber – rich foods
An expectant mother must eat foods that are rich in fiber, this aid in the prevention of constipation.
Slather on some lotion
In the later weeks of pregnancy, the skin on the expectant mother’s belly stretches to its limit to accommodate the baby. All that accommodation may cause her skin to itch and become dry. So, slather on some lotion (preferably calamine lotion) to stay moisturized.
Wear a wrist brace
If her Carpal Tunnel Symptom worsens, purchase and wear a wrist brace to lessen the tingling pain.
Wear a pelvic support belt
A pelvic support belt keeps the pelvic bones into its proper alignment during pregnancy.
What to avoid in week 25
Avoid engaging in vices while pregnant since it is very dangerous on both parties. An expectant mother must consider avoiding these vices below:
- Smoking cigarettes
- Taking sleeping pills
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
- Taking recreational drugs
Any substances which consist of caffeine are harmful to take while pregnant. With that being said, this substance causes some sleep interruptions on both parties. Apart from coffee, here are the following food and drinks with caffeine:
- Soft drinks
The safety effectiveness of stimulant laxatives (either herbal or homemade) as pregnancy pain killers is still unproven.