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Week 25

How Big is the Baby at 25 Weeks Pregnant?

By pregnancy week 25 your baby is approximately 1 ½ pounds and just under 9 inches long. From this point on however your baby's weight and length may vary somewhat. Every baby is different as you'll soon realize during your pregnancy week by week. Some babies will be born weighing 7 pounds and others 10.

Your Baby's Growth and Development

Your baby is continuing to mature during pregnancy week 25 and for the next several weeks. The structures that form the spine start to form around pregnancy at 25 weeks, and blood vessels in the lungs continue to develop this week. Other things that are shaping up during pregnancy at 25 weeks include our baby's nostrils, which may open up by the end of this week.
Your baby is starting to put on just a little meat, and will continue filling out as your pregnancy progresses.

Your Growth and Development

Your uterus is now about the size of a volleyball at 25 weeks pregnant. As your uterus continues to grow you'll notice it places some pressure on your back and pelvis. This can sometimes cause you to experience shooting pains either down your leg or in your lower back. For some women these pains get more and more severe during pregnancy.

Some women will experience a condition called sciatica during pregnancy. This often happens when the baby's head presses against the pelvic bones causing the nerves in your lower back and legs to be compressed. Severe pain often results and can occur in the lower back, leg or legs and even buttocks. Some women will also experience numbness or tingling in the legs.
For some women the pain is so severe they aren't able to lift their leg or walk without excruciating pain. So what is a woman to do? Typically most women will realize a complete relief of symptoms once the baby is born. Until then there are many things you can do to help alleviate the pain:
  • Apply a hot or ice pack for 10 minutes to the area that is most painful.
  • Sleep on a firm mattress.
  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time.
  • Avoid frequent bending at the waist.
  • Don't engage in movements that make the pain worse.
  • Consider physical therapy if your physician recommends it.
  • Try to stand up straight.
  • Use support cushions and a full body pillow in bed.
  • Don't lift anything heavy and when you do lift be sure to bend from the knees.
  • Consider chiropractic care or physical therapy.
  • Remember like anything else, this too shall pass. Some women find that their sciatic pain is greatly relieved simply by getting a few days bed rest. In many cases the pain subsides within 1-2 weeks, though it may not disappear completely until after delivery.
Changes in You

By pregnancy 25 weeks you are positively glowing, in the prime of your pregnancy. Measuring bigger but not yet bulky, at pregnancy 25 weeks you probably love every minute of attention that is poured on you as a mom to be.

If you have small children at home, they are probably just as eagerly anticipating the arrival of the newest member of the family as you are. Unfortunately you still have several more weeks to wait, thus many women prefer to hold off having serious conversations with their children until closer to delivery. This is particularly the case with very young children, who may expect the baby to pop right out if you start talking about delivery now.
By this time 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.

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