Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide

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25

 Weeks 

Pregnant

November 5, 2021
8
min read
IN THIS ARTICLE
Your baby is the size of a Zucchini!
Height
33
cms
Weight
680
gms
How far along now?

6 months and 1 week

Which trimester is this?

2nd Trimester

How many more weeks to go?

15 more weeks to go

Week

25

of your pregnancy

At 25 weeks, your belly size can be measured by your fundal height, which is the distance between your pubic bone and the top of your uterus — it’s likely about 25 centimeters. It's as big as a football! As you cope with other pregnancy symptoms, you might also be experiencing dry eyes. If your skin is looking paler than usual, it could be anemia, so be watchful. Your growing uterus is also putting more pressure on your stomach and other organs at this time, which can lead to issues with digestion and even constipation. If it is putting pressure on your sciatic nerve, it could be causing pain.For relief, you can apply an ice or cold pack to the area.

Garbha Vriddhi

षष्ठेमासि गर्भस्य बलवर्णोपचयो भवत्यधिकमन्येभ्यो मासेभ्यः। (चरक् संहिता शारीरस्थान ४/२२)

Ayurveda says maximum fat deposits happen now. In addition, the baby’s complexion is being determined.

Your Baby's Development

Main Highlights
The startle reflex
The startle reflex
Baby’s getting ‘nosey’
Baby’s getting ‘nosey’
Brain’s cortex layering
Brain’s cortex layering
Blood Cells production
Blood Cells production
The startle reflex

Your little one’s startle reflexes are now developing. A loud noise can make him jolt!A startle reflex is nothing but an unconscious defensive response to sudden or threatening stimuli. That means loud music or sudden movement can startle him. This is explained by Acharya Harita in Ayurveda as “prasphuran” (quivering).

Baby’s getting ‘nosey’

The lungs aren't the only system that are getting in shape for air intake. Your baby's nostrils and nose are starting to work this week, too. This makes it possible for the little one to begin taking practice breaths. The blood vessels in your baby's lungs are developing further this week.

Brain’s cortex layering

The brain’s cortex is developing into elaborate layers which can be again directly correlated with buddhi as we have already seen what ayurveda says about the sixth month. “shasthe buddhi” (Sushruth Sharirsthana). In addition to the brain, other parts of the nervous system are continuing to develop, getting the baby’s information processing systems ready! This week the baby’s eyelids will open for the first time. Their brain waves are regulating what they see and hear, and their senses are all improving.The pupils can constrict , dilate and detect light entering their eyes. This response to light is connected to the evolution of related brain areas, i.e buddhi.

Blood Cells production

Till about a few weeks back, the baby's liver made blood cells. By week 21, the bone marrow took over as a producer of blood cells. Around this time, the bone marrow becomes the main site of blood cell production in your baby's body.

Your Pregnancy Symptoms

Main Highlights
Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
Snoring
Palpitations
Pedal Oedema
Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD)
Restless legs syndrome (RLS)

You might get an uncomfortable tingling, creeping and crawling in your feet and legs accompanied by an urge to move them especially as you're trying to get to sleep. This is RLS and strikes more at night, though it can occur any time when you're lying or sitting down.

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Snoring

Elevated levels of estrogen and progesterone cause the mucus membranes in your nose to swell. The resulting nasal congestion increases when you lie down, which can lead to snoring. If you have gained too much weight in pregnancy, the extra tissue around your head and neck could also be the culprit.

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Palpitations

Heart palpitations are not uncommon during pregnancy because your heart is pumping 50 percent more blood, and pumping that extra blood even faster than normal. Pay attention to when you feel these flutters, skips or racing or pounding and mention it to your doctor, just to keep it in his or her knowledge.

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Pedal Oedema

There are many potential causes of foot, leg, and ankle swelling. In most cases, swelling occurs as a result of certain lifestyle factors, such as:

  • Being overweight. Excess body mass can decrease blood circulation, causing fluid to build up in the feet, legs, and ankles.
  • Standing or sitting for long periods. When the muscles are inactive, they can’t pump body fluids back up toward the heart. The retention of water and blood can cause swelling in the legs.
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Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD)

At this stage or later, some women experience pain in the pelvic area. It is localized at the bottom of the pelvis. This could be SPD which is caused by relaxed and stretchy ligaments that normally keep your pelvic joints, or the symphysis pubis, aligned. Keep doing yoga and Kegels to strengthen the muscles in that region.

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Nasya 

Application of coconut oil inside the nostrils (Nasya) with the finger tip helps to relieve swelling as well as dryness inside the nose. This also helps to reduce snoring.

A daily habit of steam inhalation with 2 drops of Nilgiri taila (Eucalyptus oil) relieves nasal congestion and also helps in managing headaches like migraines.

We have curated several pregnancy lifestyle sessions and expert-led webinars to help mums to build flexibility and to prepare their bodies for delivery.


Your Pregnancy check-ups

During your second trimester, possibly this week, expect to have these tests:

  • Glucose tolerance test (GTT). This test is most often done between the 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy. It looks for gestational diabetes.
  • Complete blood count (CBC), which includes hemoglobin and hematocrit. This test is to make sure you don't have iron deficiency anaemia.

Your doctor may also recommend an electronic fetal heart monitoring (non-stress) anytime after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It is the doctor’s decision on when (s)he wants to start this form of testing.

What should you eat in this week of pregnancy?

Focus on this powerful combination: Vitamin C and Vitamin E! Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an essential water-soluble vitamin, whereas vitamin E represents eight fat-soluble, plant-derived compounds Many fruits and vegetables including guava, citrus fruits, tomatoes and broccoli are rich in vitamin C, while vitamin E is found in nuts, wheatgerm oil, vegetable oils and some leafy green vegetables. Both vitamins C and E function synergistically to promote antioxidant defences and inhibit free radical formation to prevent oxidative stress. Vitamin C is also involved in synthesising collagen, a primary component of connective tissue and has an important role in mobilising iron from stores and enhancing the absorption of dietary iron, so it can aid in preventing megaloblastic and iron-deficiency anaemia.

Main Highlights
  • Guava and Paneer Salad

Ingredients

  • 12-14 rocket (arugula) leaves 
  • 4 leaves of Spinach
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large apple (diced)
  • 1 large guava (diced)
  • 1 small cucumber (cut in half lengthwise and sliced), peeled
  • 2 tbsp crumbled paneer
  • 1 tbsp moong dal sprouts

For the dressing:

  • 2 boiled dates, their pulp extracted
  • 2 tsp jaggery, grated
  • 2 tsp tamarind pulp
  • to taste black salt and rock salt

Method

  • In a mixing bowl, toss the chilled rocket and spinach leaves with salt, pepper and olive oil. Arrange on a serving plate.
  • Place the apple, guava, cucumber, cottage cheese and sprouts on top of the leaves.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the date pulp with jaggery, tamarind pulp and black salt and stir the jaggery till it dissolves.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad and eat chilled.

iMumz provides micro nutrients week by week for your daily dose of nutrition. Diet charts and recipes are made by mothers to give your daily dose of health for your baby and you.

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Ideal Weight Gain

680

gms

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.
Can a baby survive if born at Week 25 of pregnancy?
A.

A normal pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks. Babies born after only 25 weeks are small and fragile. With intensive medical treatment most babies survive, but some do not.  As per a study, in babies born at Week 25, nearly 8 out of 10 survived but only when they had access to high-technology NICU care.

For babies who survive, the earlier they are born, the higher the risk of complications or ongoing disability. There is a long list of potential problems — including asthma, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and cognitive impairment.


Q.
What is the baby's mental development at Week 25 of pregnancy?
A.

A normal pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks. Babies born after only 25 weeks are small and fragile. With intensive medical treatment most babies survive, but some do not.  As per a study, in babies born at Week 25, nearly 8 out of 10 survived but only when they had access to high-technology NICU care.

For babies who survive, the earlier they are born, the higher the risk of complications or ongoing disability. There is a long list of potential problems — including asthma, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and cognitive impairment.

What is the baby's mental development at Week 25 of pregnancy?

Your baby’s brain starts developing at 6 weeks of pregnancy and continues till the age of 25 years!  The brain is growing rapidly. Deeper grooves and furrows are developing in her cerebral cortex, which is going to be the governing centre for many important functions including her ability to see, hear, smell, speak, and walk. Her brain is already controlling her rhythmic breathing, digestion, and body temperature.

The baby is also getting ready to  respond to familiar sounds, such as your voice, with movement.

At this stage, the baby’s auditory and visual systems are activated by brain waves, the lips and mouth are increasingly sensitive, vision is improving with responses to light, and the eyelids can move. The nerve connections in her hands continue to develop. She uses her hands to explore her environment.

While the nerves around her mouth are becoming sensitive as she prepares to be able to suckle and nourish her own body after birth.

Myth Vs Fact

MYTH

If you sweep and swab and do heavy physical labour during your pregnancy, you can avoid a caesarean.

FACT

While staying active during pregnancy is good to prepare your baby for dealing with labour, there is no connection between doing heavy-duty work and avoiding a caesarean.

Bonding with your baby

Ragas : A message of love

Your womb is the cosmos of your child and music is the ‘naad’- sound which connects humans to the ‘brahma’- cosmos. 

Science has proven that music will help your baby to connect in a comforting and deep way. 

A musical treat through listening to ragas provides “anand” i.e contentment. 

Classical music not only helps you strengthen your own memory during pregnancy, it stimulates the baby. Some babies have even demonstrated preferences to soothing music  that has been played while they were still in the womb.

We have weekly yoga sessions to help mums to connect with babies for their all-round development.

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