The twenty-fifth week marks a period of intensified growth and everybody want to be associated with you from home to the workplace. Every attention is shifting and you better enjoy it because the bump will keep growing. For moms with other kids at home, they probably know that another baby is coming. This could bring a regular question every morning, is the baby coming today?
Baby’s growth and development in week twenty five
On the 25th week, the baby continues to grow rapidly and gaining a lot of weight. The skin continues to pack with more fat so that all the outer parts such as hands and legs look rounded and attractive.
The hearing system also continues to develop and the baby can now listen and differentiate sounds. Notably, you should avoid making a lot of noise because the baby will get startled. If you put on loud music, the baby will make harder kicks.
The baby yawns very often from the 25th week. While it is not very clear what makes the baby yawn many times from the second trimester, it is hypothesized that yawning might be a critical factor in lungs development. However, it is perfectly normal and you should not get worried.
The most notable development in this week is the capillaries formation. The tubules with thin lining connect the heart to the blood cells make it possible for the blood to move nutrients, oxygen, and other products throughout the body. The air sacs and bronchioles in the lungs are also approaching maturity to prepare the baby for first natural breath after delivery.
Other developments include additional of another layer of cells on the inner part of the skin, hardening of bones, and sucking off more amniotic fluid in the digestive tract. The baby’s temperatures are regulated by the blood flowing through the placenta and umbilical cord.
Changes to expect in Mom’s body during week 25
Body Balance: Now, you are remaining with only 15 weeks before delivery! Everything is moving rather fast and soon you will be holding the bundle of joy in your hands. The uterus continues expanding at the 25th week and balancing becomes even more difficult. You will need to be more careful on how you walk and every step you make.
Hair changes: The elevated level of pregnancy hormones makes blood vessels especially along the skin to become denser. The impact of this is thickening and growth of more hairs in your head. Also, you will not shed hair fast as you were used to so that the head looks very attractive.
Snoring: From mid of the 2nd trimester, over 25% of pregnant women are affected by snoring. Though there is not much you can do about snoring, experts suggest adopting a side sleeping position and supporting the head with a pillow.
Shortness of breath: This is a common sensation that every pregnant mother should anticipate starting the second trimester. The problem comes from the growing uterus that presses the diaphragm and makes it difficult for the lungs to expand fully. Though you should not worry about shortness of breath, it is advisable to notify your doctor if the shortness of breath becomes sudden and severe.
Carpal tunnel syndrome: Carpal tunnel syndrome is numbness and tingling of hands especially when using a computer keyboard. The problem is caused by inflammation of the carpal tunnel around the wrist. It starts occurring when hands and legs retain fluids but will go away after delivery.
Weight gain: In the 25th week, your body and that of the baby continue packing more weight. By the close of the week, you will be about 17.5 pounds more from the time you conceived. Remember that this is the average weight for a normal-sized woman. If you have a plus-size or petite body, the figure could be slightly different.
Other changes to anticipate in this week include back pain, swollen ankles, heartburn, and stretch marks development.
From week 25, you can undergo a routine testing (glucose screening) to check for gestational diabetes. About 3%-5% of all pregnant women develop this gestation problem every year. The test involves administration of 50 grams of glucose solution and then testing the level of blood sugar in about 1 hour. Key complications that can arise from gestation diabetes include;
- Overweight baby
- Physical strain when delivering because of the large baby.
- Higher chances of delivery through C-section
Though the best time to have a glucose screening test is the 25th week, it could be done earlier if you are a high-risk mom. Remember that the glucose screening is not a test for gestational diabetes, but it helps to point at those who might have the problem. If the results from the screening show a high level of blood sugar, you are at a higher risk of the problem and further tests (glucose tolerance test) will be carried.
Things to do during the 25th week
- Glucose screening to establish whether you have gestational diabetes.
- Attend childbirth classes that will educate you more about pregnancy especially what to anticipate during the last trimester.
- Make sure to take mild exercises that help to keep your body healthy and practice muscles to make childbirth easier. You should particularly engage in yoga that not only prepares you physically but also psychologically.
- Keep checking your body carefully and call the doctor if you note vaginal bleeding, leaking amniotic fluid, and urination with burning sensation.
- Review your house setting to cater for the new baby and the expected visitors to your house. This could involve house re-organization or even move to a new home.
- Because you are still enjoying the second trimester and every moment is very blissful, start a general discussion about the baby’s future especially health and education.
- Update your pregnancy diary to capture emerging changes and symptoms to make it easier for the doctor to diagnose any problem.
- Review the diet to fit the doctor’s recommendations. For example, after taking a glucose screening, the doctor may recommend some changes to keep the body supplied with enough carbs, protein, vitamins, and essential minerals.
- As the second trimester come to a close, talk to the HR about your maternity leave. It will be important because some companies may or not have paid maternity leaves. This way, you will be able to plan appropriately and reorganize personal finances.