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What pregnant women need to know in week 25 of pregnancy?

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Baby Development

How my baby growing?

At this time, the baby is about the size a radish with an average of 680g weight and is 37,6cm long from head to heel.

You may notice that the baby is awake for awhile and sleep most of the time. You will feel the activity of the fetus easier when you are sedentary. Your baby’s hearing continues to develop and now she can hear your voice.

Body & Life Changes

How is my body changing?

Pregnancy may make you feel uncomfortable because of side effects related to digestion. Hormone progesterone does not only make the stomach empty but also relaxes the stomach valve entrance and make it impossible to close properly. This allows the acidic nature of the stomach moves up into the esophagus; the result is that you have reflux (also called heartburn) and this can make your favorite meal become a nightmare. Your increasingly larger uterus puts additional pressure on the stomach in the last few months of pregnancy. The suggestions are that you should break you meals down into small ones, eat more often and avoid spicy and fatty foods.

What should I be concerned about?

The gestation period is full of ups and downs – this is not only talking about your mood and desires of your body but also refers to your energy. The fatigue of the first trimester is often followed by the second trimester of more energy and you will feel more comfortable. This is the ideal time to pursue any activity like exercises or intercourse. But in the last trimester of pregnancy, many pregnant women started to feel heavy and just want to lie on the sofa and relax.

As always, the fatigue is a signal of your body, so you must pay attention to this. You should do exercise, but make sure it suits you and your health is up to the task. Running with an empty stomach can make you rush headlong so do not forget to refill energy before. Keep blood sugar levels with healthy snacks (cheese and crackers, dried fruit, a yogurt smoothie) which will provide lasting energy other than caffeine or sugar. Remember, feeling tired in the last trimester of pregnancy is a natural way for conserving energy. You will need a lot of energy when you deliver the baby and for many years to come.

Doctor Visits

What should I tell my doctor?

Stretch marks and itching may start to appear more frequently. It can be uncomfortable. But you should try to be opstimistic because you have only three months left until delivery.  Itchiness may mostly appear at the stretch marks on your belly, thighs, butt and arms. Your doctor may recommend you to use creams, such as calamine lotion.

What tests should I know about?

Until now, going to doctor has started to become a good habit. You can attend that the doctor will check whether some items are as follows, although there may be different depending on your specific needs and how to check:

  • Measure your weight and blood pressure;
  • Check urine for glucose and protein;
  • Check the fetal heart rate;
  • Measure the size of the uterus by external palpation (feeling from the outside) to see how it correlates to the date of birth;
  • The height of the bottom position (top of the uterus);
  • Varicose veins leg, swollen hands and feet;
  • Testing glucose;
  • Blood tests for anemia;
  • Vaccination against diphtheria;
  • The symptoms you have experienced, especially those abnormalities;
  • Make a list of questions or issues you want to discuss with your doctor.

Health & Safety

What should I know about being healthy and safe while pregnant?

You can lift weights during pregnancy within a certain limit and have been approved by your doctor. This is a great way for you to stay fit during pregnancy and provide many benefits to your body after childbirth. Just remember that the goal of your exercise is to maintain body weight and not to build muscle.

If you are concerned about the mud and use the other spa treatments while pregnant, please know that this depends on the method used. Some methods are safe while others can be more painful than usual. Also some ways like a mud bath is a bad idea while you are pregnant. Any spa treatment that increases your body temperature such as mud baths, seaweed baths, sauna, hot tub or sauna, would not be safe for your pregnancy. All of these methods can make you lose body fluids (dehydration) and the temperature may be too hot to bear.

So next week the fetus will grow like what?

Hello Health Group does not offer any advice, diagnosis or medical treatment.

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