Pregnancy week 25
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How's the foetus during week 25?

  • Responding to loud music
  • Your baby weighs about 660g and is about 34.6cm long from crown to heel- the size of a rutabaga.
  • Put on a rock song and your baby feels the vibes. In fact, if your baby hears a loud noise, he may blink.
  • The structures of the spine - 33 rings, 150 joints and 1000 ligaments - begin to form.
  • His nostrils begin to open and his head and body are finally well proportioned.
  • The blood vessels of the lungs develop.

What's with my body: Backache and faster circulation

  • You may be suffering from backache because your uterus puts pressure on your back and pelvis.
  • Your heart is working twice as hard as that of a non-pregnant woman. It circulates six litres of blood per minute.
  • Increased blood supply may make you feel hot and sweaty.

Go back to the complete list of Pregnancy week-by-week updates.

Congratulations, you have almost reached the 3rd Trimester! At this point, fatigue, dizziness and constant trips to the bathroom will return.

Your baby

Your little one's organs are almost completely developed; her eyes open and shut and the nostrils are unblocked.

Your baby can learn to recognize her father's voice from this month onwards. An infant whose father talks to her while in the uterus can tell his voice from a roomful of people immediately after she's born and will respond to it emotionally. If she's upset, for example, she may hear his voice and immediately start to calm down.

In the last third of pregnancy, she'll double and triple her weight. Your dexterous baby can touch and hold her feet and make a fist. Your partner may be able to hear her heartbeat by pressing his ear against your belly. Your baby has a regular sleep schedule now and active and inactive periods.

Your body

You're certainly not alone if you've been having digestive problems lately. Many pregnant women experience discomfort, reflux and heartburn given that the hormone progesterone slows the emptying of the stomach and your expanding uterus is putting pressure on your intestines. What to do?

Top tips for surviving heartburn include trying a quarter of a teaspoonful of sodium bicarbonate dissolved in water taken between meals; eating a number of small meals as opposed to 3 big ones; and not eating 3 hours before you sleep.

Tip of the week

Consider the fact that your partner is just as overwhelmed by what's happening to your lives (and your body) as you are. Get him to read some humorous words of advice from our Guy’s Guide to help him come to terms with all the changes...

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