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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 25

 
 
How big is your baby?
The measurement is now at around 13.62 inches (34.6cm) and your baby is now weighing approximately 1.46 pounds (660g).
 
 
How big are you?
Your uterus now measures 9.84 inches (25cm) from the pubic symphysis to the top of your uterus, and would probably be about the size of a small soccer ball by now.
 
 
How is your baby developing and growing
If you were to go into labor now, your baby would have a strong chance of surviving. Some of the greatest advances in medicine over the past years has been the care of premature babies.
 
Your baby is still extremely small and although there are chances of him/her surviving should he be born now, he/she would probably spend several months in hospital.
 
The smallest of the blood vessels are now starting to form underneath your babies skin now, and as they begin to fill with blood, your babys skin takes on a pinkish appearance.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Changes in you
One of the common symptoms you may experience through this stage of your pregnancy is itching. Although there are no rashes, bumps or lesions on the skin, your skin may just feel itchy all over. This symptom doesn't and wont present any risk to either you or your baby.
 
As your uterus and stomach have stretched with your growing baby, so your skin has also stretched, and the itchiness that you may feel as a result is only natural.

If you do experience any rashes, bumps or lesions then you may be suffering a rare condition known as PUPPS. PUPPS affects about 1% of all pregnant women.
 
 
Your nutrition
Pregnancy increases your need for vitamins and minerals, and it is best if you can meet these needs through foods rather than through prenatal vitamins and supplements, although it may be unrealistic to assume that this is an easy task, and that is why your doctor prescribes prenatal vitamins.

 
Bladder infections
It is not uncommon for pregnant women to suffer from bladder infections as their pregnancy progresses. This is generally caused by pressure being applied to the urethra and blocking the flow of urine. If you suspect you have a bladder infection, you should seek medical help as soon as possible.
 
 
Your body
Pregnancy can cause some unpleasant side effects when it comes to digestion. Not only does the hormone progesterone slow the emptying of the stomach, but it also relaxes the valve at the entrance to the stomach so that it doesn’t close properly.
 
This allows acidic stomach contents to move upward into the esophagus. The result: reflux (also known as heartburn) that can make eating your favorite meals a nightmare. The expanding uterus puts additional pressure on the stomach in the last few months of pregnancy.
 
Try eating smaller, more frequent meals, and avoid spicy and fatty foods.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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