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How Big is Your Baby?
In week 25, your growing fetus measures about 13.6 inches to 14.8 inches and it weighs about 1.5 to 2.5 pounds..
Baby's growth and development
The baby is now enjoying its new sense of equilibrium. In week 25 of your pregnancy, the baby very well knows the way up and down. Its getting fat and is growing more hair as well.
Changes You Experience
The weight gain by this week is approximately 7 kilograms. By this time, weight gain rate slows down to around 0.25 kilograms a week. During this period, most women complaint of a throbbing pain in their lower back. One rather painful pregnancy side-effect is haemorrhoids. Many women suffer from this because of the huge uterus at this stage. Due to increased blood flow to the area, there are swollen and itchy veins in the rectum, which can be very painful. They are completely harmless but can be very uncomfortable.
As the woman has grown quite huge now, it is not easy to have a comfortable sleeping position. Many women struggle in getting the right posture. It is recommended to sleep on your side and not on your back. The usual pregnancy symptoms, heartburn, indigestion and constipation continue to trouble the mother.
While most women suffer from the uncomfortable haemorrhoids, it is important to avoid getting constipated as it will aggravate the problem. Also, try doing pelvic- floor exercises to better your condition. If the numbness of hands is not going away, and even causing loss of sleep, one must consult the doctor.
Seek immediate medical help in case of any preterm delivery signs, such as constant cramps, severe backache or increase in vaginal discharge. If the frequency of contractions also increases significantly, consult your doctor without delay.
As recommended, the mother must consume extra 300 calories each day. At this point, it is important that you include foods that are rich in iron and calcium, such as spinach, legumes, lentils, milk and other dairy products. One may also include pills for supplementing body’s need of folic acid, iron and calcium.
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