Week 25 of Pregnancy: At this time, the size of the baby is like a radish with an average weight of 680g and a length of 37cm from head to toe. You may notice that the baby is awake for only a short period of time and is sleeping most of the time. When you sit quietly, it’s easier to feel the movement of the fetus. Your baby’s hearing continues to grow, and your voice is now heard.
Changes in your body and life – Week 25 of Pregnancy
The side effects of digestion can make pregnancy uncomfortable because the progesterone not only makes the stomach empty, but also makes the entrance of the stomach valve loose, and unable to shut normally. This causes acid in the stomach to move up into the esophagus, causing a backflow of gastroesophagus (also known as heartburn), eventually making a meal a nightmare. The growing uterus, in the last months of pregnancy, can also put extra stress on the stomach. It is recommended that you divide three meals a day into several small meals, and avoid spicy and fatty foods.
What should I be aware of? – Week 25 of Pregnancy
Pregnancy is full of ups and downs, not only your emotions and desires, but also your spirit. After early pregnancy fatigue, the second and third trimester is more emotional yet comfortable. This is the ideal time to engage in sports or sexual intercourse. However, during the last trimester of pregnancy, many pregnant women begin to feel heavy and just want to lie down on the couch and relax.
Fatigue is always a signal to the body, so it is important to pay attention. You should exercise, but make sure that the exercise is right for you and that your health is competent. Running on an empty stomach would make you dizzy, so don’t forget to replenish your energy first. Eat healthy snacks (soda crackers, dried nuts, yogurt smoothies) to maintain blood sugar values, which provide more lasting energy than caffeine or sugar. Remember that getting tired in the last trimester of pregnancy is a natural way for the body to save energy, during childbirth, and for many years to come, it will require a lot of energy!
Periodic maternity inspection
Stretch marks and itching may appear more often, which can be uncomfortable, but you should be optimistic because there’s only three months left before delivery. Tickling can appear on where the stretch marks are, such as on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and arms. Your doctor may recommend using a cream such as Calamine lotion to stop itching.
What checks should I do?
The following examinations will be performed by your physician, but may vary depending on your specific needs and methods of examination:
- Measurement of weight and blood pressure
- Check for glucose and protein in urine
- Check fetal heart rate
- Measure the size of the uterus through external palpation (from external sensation) to understand how it relates to the expected date of delivery
- Measure the height of the bottom position (top of the uterus)
- Check for varicose veins and swollen hands and feet
- Blood glucose test
- Anemia blood test
- Diphtheria vaccination
- Presence of abnormal symptoms
- List questions or issues you would like to discuss with your doctor.
Health information during pregnancy
During pregnancy, with the permission of a physician, you can engage in a limited amount of weight lifting. This is a great way to keep you healthy during pregnancy and provide many benefits to your body after childbirth. Remember that the goal of fitness is to maintain weight, not to exercise muscles.
If you are worried about the mud for SPA or other spa treatments during pregnancy, please understand that it depends on the way of use. Some ways are safe and others can be more painful than usual, such as mud baths, which is not a good idea for pregnant women. Any spa treatments that increase your body temperature, such as a sauna, a hot bath, etc., are not safe for pregnancy because you lose your body fluids (dehydration) and the temperature can be too high for you to bear.