Mom’s Tip of the Week 25
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Your baby at 25 weeks is starting to follow a sleep schedule. Just like you, your little one has awake, active periods and quiet, sleepy ones. His pattern may not match your cycle—it’s not uncommon to feel your baby’s active movements when you’re relaxing and sedentary.
Your Baby at 25 Weeks Pregnant
What’s Happening in There
- At 25 weeks pregnant your baby is the size of an ear of corn. This week, he is nine inches and 1.5 pounds.
- His vocal cords are functioning. Your baby will be able to cry loud and clear on the big day (which is exactly what you want!).
- His motor skills are developing. At 25 weeks pregnant, your little one’s hands and startle reflex are maturing.
- His circulatory system is expanding. By the time you’re 25 weeks pregnant, his heart has beaten over 30 million times. Under your baby’s skin, capillaries are forming and filling with blood.
- He’s preparing for his first breath. He now makes breathing motions about 14 percent of the time and draws amniotic fluid into his lungs. When he is doing this, he may make breathing motions up to 44 times per minute.
Baby Brain Waves
Your Baby’s Brain Is Developing
At 25 weeks pregnant, your baby’s brain continues to grow and develop, and he has become more aware of his surroundings. Helping that is a budding sense of hearing. Make sure to sing, talk, and bond with your baby through voice and sound. He loves nothing better than hearing Mom’s (and Dad’s) voice. Try experimenting with different sounds and songs to see if he reacts (with a kick or a flurry of movement).
Real Issues, Real Solutions
The issue: Maybe you haven’t been very motivated to exercise, especially as your pregnancy progresses (and your belly grows).
The solution: Even if you haven’t been exercising earlier in your pregnancy, you can start now with gentle moves and still see benefits. (Just check with your doctor first.)
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