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Pregnancy, your body and your baby – week 25 of your pregnancy

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As you enter week 25 of pregnancy, you will be nearing the end of the second trimester and the start of the third. You may find that your rise in energy levels you felt at the beginning of your second trimester is now beginning to drop.

Your baby at week 25

Your baby is now roughly the size of a cauliflower and they are slowly starting to become the chubby baby you’ll expect at birth, as fat is added to their body every day. Your little one is also starting to develop a sense of balance, becoming more aware of what is up and down. Not only this but your baby’s lungs are slowly developing closer to maturity, as blood vessels (caprillirs) grow and they start to practice breathing in amniotic fluid.

Your body at week 25

As your baby grows, it is normal that your back and pelvis may be starting to take some strain. This is also thanks to pregnancy hormones which cause your ligaments to soften. To avoid any injuries, make sure you aren’t tempted to over stretch if you’re doing something such as yoga and don’t lift any heavy objects around the house or office. If your back is feeling sore, gentle exercise in water, such as aqua aerobics, can help alleviate the aching. However, if your back is seriously painful , chat to your doctor about finding a physiotherapist who can help you during this time.

Other common pregnancy symptoms around this time are heartburn, sore feet and ankles, camping in your legs, swollen and bleeding gums, dizziness,  trouble sleeping and stretch marks. Although many aspects of pregnancy (and certainly afterwards) are rewarding, there are also many parts of it which can be uncomfortable.

Things that you should keep in mind

Cravings are a natural part of pregnancy (and these generally peak in your second trimester), and they are the sudden desire to eat a particular kind of food. These can be odd foods and combos that you’ve never had the urge to eat before, and generally these are personal to you. Strange combinations, such as pickles and ice cream, might suddenly be on your most wanted list. Just be aware of what you are consuming, as trying to keep things healthy will be best for your growing baby. Unfortunately big meals can also mean heartburn, so little and often can often be the answer here.

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