What happens when you're 25 weeks pregnant?

Your 25 weeks pregnant and almost at the third trimester. Learn about bodily changes, milestones, fetal development and TCM solutions for this week.

pregnant-belly-bloatedYou are 25 weeks pregnant and 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 approximately 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. The 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 your baby's hair around this time.

Find out what is going on with your body at 25 weeks pregnant on the next page...

pregnant meditationWhat 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!

Start preparing financially

While most mums to be start thinking of nurseries, onesies, and adorable little toys at this stage of their pregnancy, many forget to prepare financially.

No mum-to-be wants to think about what could go wrong with her pregnancy. But you must.

Because in the event that something unfortunate happens, you really wouldn't want to be dealing with the financial nitty-gritty. You would much rather be focussing on yourself and the baby.

You and your partner need to look at your financial plans before hand. While planning for the baby and life as a new parent, do make sure that your insurance  covers pregnancy complications, including miscarriage, as well as congenital illnesses for baby and also perhaps helps you get coverage for yourselves to enable building savings.

We hope that no parent has to go through the pain of a pregnancy complication. But sometimes things happen, and we should be as prepared as we can be to cope with them.

This article is part of series supported by AXA to help mums to be in their journey from pregnancy to motherhood. 

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