Your Pregnancy Week 25

With a belly as large as a soccer ball, you might feel like one yourself! However, the good news is that your baby is fast preparing to come into your arms and is already nine inches in length!

What is happening at Week 25?

Your baby’s skin is turning pinkish this week as capillaries start forming under it and there is blood flowing in those. Blood vessels are also slowly forming in your little one’s lungs, making sure that those are ready to allow the baby to breathe soon! Surfactant, the substance that makes sure that your baby’s lungs swell with oxygen soon after its birth, is also developing in your baby’s lungs around this time.

Your baby’s nostrils were plugged up till now; however, this week those shall open up, letting your baby practice breathing (with amniotic fluid only at this stage).

With a belly as large as a soccer ball, you might feel like one yourself. It is important however, that you enjoy this stage and gear up to welcome a little guest into your family and life!

Symptoms at Week 25:

Though ingestion, constipation and heartburn continue to trouble you this week as well, here are some new symptoms that might erupt as you step into week 25:

  • Due to the increased flow of blood to your mucous membranes, your nose could remain congested around this time, leading to snoring. This could interfere with your sleep (and that of your partner’s), hence, ask your doctor to prescribe some nasal drops to seek relief from the situation.

  • Your leg and thigh muscles remain under constant stress due to the growing size of your uterus and this results in varicose veins. Resting with legs slightly raised and avoiding clothing that are too binding can help seek relief in this situation.

  • Some women experience pain in their pelvic region as they advance towards the final stages of their pregnancy. This condition is called SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) and is caused due to the stretching of the ligaments in your rectum and pelvis. The situation can be coped up with by doing some kegal exercises that can strengthen your pelvic muscles.

  • Some women tend to develop Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) at this stage. This refers to the condition when one faces the urge to keep moving the legs time and again due to the tingling sensation caused in this them. This might be just due to the pressure on your legs and thighs or could even be linked to iron deficiency in your body. Hence, consult your doctor if your face this symptom.

A Tip for this Week:

Many women face the problem of hemorrhoids during the later phase of pregnancy due to the growing pressure of the uterus on the rectum. This painful situation can be avoided or coped up with by taking plenty of fibers in the diet and doing some pelvic floor exercises.