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25 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby’s not the only one with more hair — your locks may look more full and lustrous than ever. It’s not that you’re growing more hair, but thanks to hormonal changes, the hair that you’d normally shed is sticking around longer than usual. Enjoy the fullness while you can — the extra hair will fall out after you give birth.

You may also notice that you can’t move around as gracefully as before. Unless your caregiver has advised you otherwise, it’s fine to continue to exercise, but follow a few safety rules: Don’t work out when you’re feeling overly tired and stop if you feel any pain, dizziness, or shortness of breath. Don’t lie flat on your back and avoid contact sports as well as any exercise where you’re apt to lose your balance. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and make time for both warm-up and cool-down periods.

By 25 weeks pregnancy, you should talk with your doctor to make sure you understand the signs of pre-term labor. There are many warning signs that may indicate your body is going into labor early. Some of the more telling signs include:

  • Continuous cramping in the lower abdomen similar to menstrual cramps.
  • Contractions that come at regular intervals or more than 4 contractions in one hour.
  • Low backache that is constant.
  • Pressure in the pelvis as if your baby were pushing down.
  • Bloody or watery vaginal discharge.

You should talk to your doctor and find out what procedures they would like you to follow if you suspect you are in pre-term labor.

By 25 weeks pregnancy, your baby is approximately 1.5 pounds and just under 13.7 inches long. From this point on, your baby’s weight and length may vary somewhat. Every baby is different, some babies will be born weighing 7 pounds and others 10.

This is a big week for your baby! Around 25 weeks pregnant, the structures of his spine are starting to form, including 33 vertebrae (rings of bone), 150 joints, and 1,000 ligaments. These structures will eventually support your baby’s body weight. Your baby’s capillaries are also forming this week. Capillaries are the tiny blood vessels that move blood from the heart to tissues in the body. By the end of week 25, air sacs and blood vessels in your baby’s lungs will develop, getting him ready for his first breath. So far in your pregnancy, your little one’s nostrils have been plugged up, but they are now beginning to open up.

With the advances in technology, if your baby were to be born this week, he has up to an 82 percent chance of survival with aggressive ICU treatment.

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