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Pregnancy Week 25

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Your Baby's Development This Week

Your baby is filling out more every week, with fat plumping up that wrinkly skin now. The baby is approximately 13" long and around 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds. It's possible that the baby's hair color and texture might be apparent now, although many still have white hair due to no pigment yet. The spine is getting more developed, with joints, ligaments and rings. The blood vessels of the lung continue to mature. The nerves around the mouth and lips have more sensitivity, which aids in the rooting reflex necessary for eating. Also the swallowing reflex is becoming stronger. The baby can grasp things in his or her palm now, although the only thing available now is the umbilical cord. Baby has probably begun to settle into a proper position for birth, but don't worry if yours has still not gotten head-down. Some take a little longer to make the journey. There is still plenty of time.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 25

Your uterus is now roughly the size of a soccer ball, and that might be an apt way to think of it, as your little one might be kicking around that much now! All the weight and the relaxed muscles and ligaments due to progesterone will make back pain a distinct possibility at this point. You will want to focus on not slouching and making an effort for good posture now to help with back strain. Your legs also might get cramps frequently too. Try to find some healthy yoga stretches for pregnant women, to help with both of these painful symptoms. You can also schedule a massage and indulge in some tlc. If that's not financially viable, get your partner to indulge you. Another bit of unpleasantness? Increased vaginal discharge might be occurring now. Talk to your doctor about when to call and what to look for in order to determine if it's just a vaginal discharge, a bit of urine leaking, or amniotic fluid you are dealing with.

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Your teeth are probably not at the top of your pregnancy concerns/conditions list, but they should be. Hormones make your teeth a bit more susceptible to problems now, and this is no time for skipping good dental care. Make certain you are brushing and flossing after meals. Some bleeding can become more common in pregnancy. Get regular dental care, making certain your dentist knows of your pregnancy. Any infections in your body, including in your teeth or mouth, can affect baby, so this is no time to ignore your teeth.

Preparing for Baby

You have probably been doodling baby names on notebooks since you first found out you were pregnant, but now reality is setting in and it's time to get serious. Some parents make the choice not to reveal the chosen name(s) to friends and family until the baby's birth. Others involve loved ones in the process. Things to consider:

  • Nicknames
  • Initials
  • The ease of saying the name with the last name,
  • If you prefer the unusual or more common name,
  • Whether you want to honor a relative with the naming of your child,
  • If the name is one you think is important.
  • Will you use an unusual spelling or a more typical one?

Pregnancy Lifestyle

At this point in the pregnancy, insomnia could be getting the better of you. Ask your physician for safe ideas to help aid sleep. Don't assume something herbal or natural is therefore safe. Many herbs are harmful to fetuses. Try to remedy symptoms that interfere with sleep, such as heartburn or cramping. Get a pregnancy support pillow or just some extra pillows to support your back and or tummy while sleeping. Do puzzles or read, and let yourself wind down to sleep. Too many things churning in your mind? Write down a list and promise yourself to think about them the next day. Give yourself permission to relax and worry over such things later.

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suzy Aug 6, 2013 10:33:51 PM ET

Am 25weeks and 5day i just heard a baby moving onces that week until now don't hear him again am so worried idk wat 2 do

Guest Jul 4, 2014 09:37:51 AM ET

At this point in your pregnancy, it's common to feel the baby move for a couple of days in a row, and then not feel anything. he/she could be positioned in a way where you don't feel anything. around 27-28 weeks is when you really want to start paying attention to the kicks/movements. don't fret! :)

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jenny Jul 29, 2013 01:32:06 PM ET

I have 2 boys and they are both not circumcised and they are fine. i think and my doctor said he doesn't like to do it because it is a risk and after giving birth it was to hard. it does hurt them too . i know because the lady next to me had it done and her son was screaming all night. the skin is there fo protection from infections.

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badwolfvirus Jul 4, 2013 09:38:49 AM ET

I'm 25 weeks now, on my third baby. the older two are 5 and 7. i'm working out like a beast and i feel great! i finally started sleeping well about a week ago. i have tons of energy, which i attribute to my workouts, i did it with my first child and i was running and jumping around until the end. only a few more weeks to go! my only issue is gestational diabetes, but i'm on a very strict meal plan, which i follow to a tee, so that's going well. good luck everybody!

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kayla May 21, 2013 08:43:48 PM ET

I'm 25 weeks and feeling great!! my husband and i are having a boy!! couldn't be happier! he's very active in the mornings and at night!! i'm already starting to leak out the clear stuff out of my breasts.. guess that's normal..

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Lindsey yeo May 1, 2013 02:10:51 PM ET

I am 25 weeks pregnat and i am getting really horrible heartburn after each meal which then turns into stomach acid reflux whilst trying to sleep i also get round ligament pains now and again which i find very uncomfortable braxton hicks are mental this time round !! this is pregnacy number 3 so i know only to we'll that all this is normall to those that say pregnacy is easy you are only kidding yourself either that or you are extremely blessed any way good luck to all

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Amanda Apr 30, 2013 08:56:53 PM ET

I am 25 weeks and due august 11. i am really feeling good and this is my 2nd child and my 1st just turned 11 yrs old. my daughter never really moved but my son is just a playing all day!!!

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Angel Figueroa Apr 27, 2013 02:17:54 AM ET

Wow im 25 weeks and i am so excited... this is my first so like im excited and very scared at the same time... my due date is august 4th.. i so cant wait to meet my son... i was told i could never have kids so this is a blessing... mommy cant wait to meet my precious amazing son...

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amanda Apr 21, 2013 10:14:06 AM ET

I wish i knew what it felt like to feel your baby move or kick im 25 weeks and my whole pregancy i havent felt my baby the doctors say she is a healthy baby and her heart beat is really good

Heather Apr 25, 2013 01:28:44 PM ET

I didn't feel any big movements until 25 weeks and 2 days (tuesday). and now i just feel little blips at night. i know how you feel. :)

heather c Dec 19, 2013 07:52:13 AM ET

I'm 25 weeks 4 days and mine is the same!

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Shawna Jan 29, 2013 04:15:01 PM ET

I'm 25 weeks & 4 days pregnant with a baby boy,i'm soooo excited. little henry does his share of moving around as well i'm so a excited to be a mommy!

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haley Dec 9, 2012 03:42:28 PM ET

Oh and btw i woke up peeing blood i waas soo scared but it was a uti anybody ever here of tht

savannah Mar 8, 2013 02:39:04 PM ET

That happend to me twice during my pregnancy it was definitely very scary! but it was just a uti.

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