What happens when you’re 25 weeks pregnant

After being 24 weeks pregnant, you’re now in the final week of your 2nd trimester. Some women refer to this as the end of the honeymoon period, but think of it as one step closer to meeting your little one. The third trimester is the last leg of your pregnancy journey before giving birth. It is when you will feel more pregnancy symptoms than before.

It is important to have regular check-ups with the doctor and be extra aware of your health and the baby’s movements. Stay on top of your pregnancy nutrition and drink plenty of fluids.

How your foetus is developing when you’re 25 weeks pregnant

Your baby now weighs about 0.5 kg and measures approx 34 cm from head to foot. The body shape is starting to change to look like a newborn baby as wrinkled skin is slowly but surely filling out with more baby fat. Their tiny body is producing lung surfactant, which protects the lungs from deflating or collapsing at birth. You can also tell the style and colour of their hair around this time.

What you can do now that you’re 25 weeks pregnant:

Stay on top of your pregnancy diet and try no to let those crazy cravings get the better of all your healthy eating hard work. It’s a good time to have a chat with your gynae about your weight gain, and whether or not it falls into the healthy range.

Make sure to continue eating nutrient-rich foods that are high in fibre and proteins and avoid empty calories, such as white bread and popcorn. If you are worried about your weight gain, try to stay active and partake in some gentle exercise each day. This could be a walk in the park, a pregnancy yoga class or some toning exercises.

As ugly as they sound, hemorrhoids are actually extremely common during pregnancy. Almost half of women experience these. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the rectum, which can be itchy and very painful. They are caused by an increase in blood flow during pregnancy and a bad diet, causing constipation. Keep a balanced diet and drink lots of water to avoid this nasty condition. Your TCM practitioner can prescribe pregnancy safe herbs and suggest methods to prevent and treat this condition as well.

Expectant mummies should also rejoice because you will find yourself with thicker and more luscious hair, and shiny, strong nails!

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