Pregnancy Encyclopedia – Week 25
You’re 25 weeks pregnant! It may feel as if the delivery is near. This may be both scary and exciting. The hospital may ask you to preregister. This means you can put in your paperwork early. This will be quite helpful for you. With a lot of nervousness about delivery, you may find it difficult to sleep. Don’t worry. This is a common problem faced by many moms-to-be.
Get excited! Your baby’s the size of a cauliflower now! It measures about 13.6 inches to 14.8 inches and weighs about 1.5 to 2.5 pounds. The baby is now enjoying the new sense of equilibrium. It knows which way is up and which is down! The baby is also growing more fat and hair.
Sleep may be disturbed with you getting vivid or scary dreams. These are normal because when you sleep, your subconscious becomes alert and warns you against the delivery and impending motherhood. The baby bump also makes it really hard to get into a comfortable position. So it is recommended that you get into the habit of sleeping on your side rather than your back. With baby growing more hair, you will notice that your hair grows too! Enjoy this phase. Drinking plenty of water will help you get instant relief from dehydration.
Constipation is one of the most common symptoms during this time. The baby is putting a lot of pressure on your digestive tract leading to haemorrhoids. You will also feel gas and bloating due to slow digestion. Other major symptoms include heartburn, aches and pains all over the body, and trouble in sleeping.
It is important that you drink at least eight glasses of fluid each day. This will prevent common problems like piles, urinary tract infections, constipation etc. Increase intake of calcium and vitamin D via including a lot of dairy products in your diet. Also include tinned fish, green leafy vegetables such as spinach and green beans. The diet should also comprise of almonds, pulses, and sesame seeds. You can get vitamin D from oily fish, eggs and whole milk.
Continue applying creams and oils on your tummy to remove stretch marks. To ease constipation, add oat bran to cereal and yogurt. Be sure to eat plenty of fiber-rich foods and drink lots of fluids too. This is important to stay in good health.