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  • Pregnancy Symptoms Week 25: Your Baby May Get Startled by His Own Hiccups!

    At 25 weeks pregnant, you're going to be in the last stretch of your pregnancy!
    by Rachel Perez .
Pregnancy Symptoms Week 25: Your Baby May Get Startled by His Own Hiccups!
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  • By the end of your 25th week of pregnancy, you're in your second trimester and already five months and about two weeks pregnant, depending on your menstrual cycle. At this stage of your pregnancy, it's really more about getting comfortable and making sure your health and your baby's development are on track as he grows. There's no time to waste — you need to prepare for childbirth now.

    Pregnancy signs Week 25

    If you're keeping tabs of how much weight you've gained, you have added about 15 to 18 pounds ideally if you had an average body mass index pre-pregnancy. It's natural to have a big appetite to satisfy not just your nutritional needs but also your growing baby's, but it's advisable that you take in an additional 300 calories per day only.

    At this point in your pregnancy, you don't want to gain too much weight because it can lead to complications such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Doing pregnancy exercises two to three times a week will help a lot. You'll thank yourself when you're not too weighed down by your third trimester.

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    Apart from taking care of your weight, don't neglect your dental health as well. You don't want to worry about having periodontitis or the inflammation of the gums, which has been linked with preterm labor. 

    If you feel your baby bump tightening from time to time, and you're worried that you're already in labor, they're most probably just Braxton Hicks contractions as long as they happen at irregular intervals and are not increasing in intensity. It may help if you note down when you feel these false labor contractions and report it to your doctor.

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    Pregnancy symptoms Week 25

    You may need to do more in managing your pregnancy symptoms at week 25 of your pregnancy. Take comfort in the fact that many of the discomforts and skin issues that you're experiencing now, which may get worse as your pregnancy progresses, are temporary and should go away soon after you give birth.

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    Restless leg syndrome

    Between having leg cramps and carpal tunnel syndrome, you may also start experiencing restless leg syndrome (RLS). It gives you a tingling feeling like something is creeping and crawling on your feet and legs. It can be accompanied by an urge to move your legs when you're trying to sleep. It also doesn't help that you might already be having trouble getting some sleep and have to get up a few times in the middle of the night to pee.

    Experts are not sure what causes RLS during pregnancy. It may be linked to genetics, the increase of the pregnancy hormones estradiol (a form of estrogen) and progesterone as your due date nears, and your growing baby pressing down on some nerve endings.

    What can help is elevating your legs as you lie down to sleep, applying warm compress, and doing some stretching until you find what works for you. Be sure to run your ideas by your doctor before trying them.

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    Symphysis pubis dysfunction

    The pregnancy hormone relaxin is the culprit behind the aches and pains on your back and in your lower belly or groin area (called round ligament pain). Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) is the pain in your pelvic joints (the layman's term for symphysis pubis) when they are not aligned properly, thanks to the ligaments stretching too soon before childbirth. Lifting one leg like going up the stairs or putting on underwear or pants can make it worse.

    Doing Kegel exercises and pelvic tilts can help ease SPD. It strengthens the pelvic muscles and also prep you for childbirth. Sit when putting on your undies or pants. If it's too painful when walking, like it feels that your pelvic bone is literally being pulled apart, you may need to take meds or wear a pelvic support belt.

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    Sleep troubles

    All of the conditions above, not to mention all your worrying about your pending childbirth, can lead to sleep troubles. Use pillows to help with the backaches and if you are having difficulty finding a comfortable sleeping position. You may want to try sleeping on your side. Meditation and drinking warm milk before bedtime may also help you fall asleep faster.

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    Snoring

    Your body is producing and circulating more blood, also have increased fluids tend to accumulate in your tissue. If your snoring becomes disruptive of your sleep, it could be a sign of sleep apnea, so you should have it checked by your doctor.

    Increased production of bodily fluids is also the culprit behind having a stuffy nose, nosebleeds, increased vaginal discharge, vision problems, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, swollen ankles, feet, and hands, and sore, bleeding gums.

    Constipation, bloatedness, burping, and gas

    Your baby's growing size means more pressure on your whole digestive tract, and it doesn't help that your digestive muscles are even more relaxed. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and eat fiber-rich food. Stay away from foods that produce gas, such as fried foods, broccoli, root crops, and beans. When eliminating your bowel, try not to strain too much.

    Frequent urination

    Now that your baby is considerably bigger, your uterus is pressing on your bladder even more, so you need to empty it more often. Practice proper hygiene as preggos are prone to having urinary tract infection (UT). If you're experiencing painful urination, consult your doctor ASAP.

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    Heartburn and indigestion

    The relaxed muscle valve between the stomach and esophagus and your growing uterus pressing on your stomach are to blame for your heartburn. Eat slowly and drink plenty of fluids after you've finished your meal. Avoid eating spicy, greasy, and fatty food.

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    Your baby's development at 25 Weeks

    At 25 weeks, your baby is as big as an eggplant, measuring more than 13 and a half inches long and weighing in at nearly one and a half pounds. He's focusing on his goals — to grow bigger and stronger every day — and he's getting there!

    Your baby has been moving a lot more inside your womb, and his kicks may already feel painful to you when his foot hits a major body organ. Regular movement means your baby is healthy and doing well. Start noting the times he's active or moving a lot (music may get him to move!).

    Your baby is mastering his reflexes including the startle reflex. He has learned to suck his thumb for some time now, and he's been practicing his grasp reflex on his umbilical cord. Don't worry his grasp isn't tight enough to block oxygen and nutrient flow.

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    His hearing has dramatically improved so he can be easily startled by a loud sound, a sudden movement, even by his own hiccups.

    Your little ones' digestive tract is also now starting to collect his first poop in the large intestine. He won't poop unless he's overstayed his welcome in your womb. Your baby's hair, including his eyebrows and eyelashes, is starting to develop color. Creases will be developing on his palms and sweat glands will soon form in his skin.

    Thanks to more baby fat, your baby's skin is less opaque and wrinkly. It's more pinkish now because as small blood vessels are forming and are already filling with blood.

    Your baby's lungs have started to produce surfactant to help his lungs expand to inhale oxygen once he's out of your womb. He's also "breathing" amniotic fluid through his nose now. But at 25 weeks, your little one's respiratory system still has a lot of maturing to do.

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    Your to-do list on Week 25 of your pregnancy

    Once you're in your third trimester, you'll have prenatal visits every two weeks for more close monitoring of your health and your baby's health.

    Get your glucose test done

    If you have not scheduled this crucial pregnancy laboratory test, you have three more weeks to get it done. The oral glucose test is usually done between 24 and 28 weeks. It measures your blood sugar levels and will help your doctor determine how much you're at risk for gestational diabetes.

    Prepare the documents related to giving birth

    You may have already scheduled your childbirth and newborn classes. Finalize your birth plan including and probably most importantly where to deliver your baby. Ask your doctor if you can pre-register at your chosen hospital so you or your partner won't have to fill up documents when you arrive on the delivery day.

    Make sure your health insurance and other financial documents are ready. Don't forget the papers for your maternity leave benefit as well. If you plan to have your baby's cord blood banked, it's good to have arranged ahead of time and ideally before your third trimester starts.

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    There is no way to know for sure if you're at risk for preterm labor, but as long as you're following your doctor's advice, you should be okay. But if you're having regular contractions, bleeding, or your water bag is leaking, head to the hospital's emergency room as soon as you can.

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