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Baby developmentê - 25 weeks gestationção

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Baby developmentê - 25 weeks gestationção
Baby developmentê - 25 weeks gestationção

Week of gestation: 25 weeks

Equals to month: 3rd week of 6th month

Equals to days: 169 to 175 days of gestation

At the 25th week of pregnancy, the baby's hair and body hair are already well grown and the color is already defined, but it can change after birth. The baby gains weight every day as the layer of fat over the skin continues to develop.

During this week, the woman may continue to have symptoms of heartburn or reflux, and constipation and increased formation of intestinal gas may occur. In addition, some women may feel their heart beating faster due to the increased volume of blood in the body, which is a normal condition in pregnancy.

Baby development

At the 25th week of pregnancy, the hair on the head and the lanugo, which is a thin layer of hair on the baby's skin, are already well grown and start to have a defined color, although it can change after birth. The layer of fat over the skin continues to develop and the baby gains weight each day.

The adrenal glands are well developed and already release cortisol. Adrenaline and noradrenaline also begin to circulate in the baby's body in situations of agitation and stress.

The blood vessels in the baby's lungs are already formed and the lung cells are already producing surfactant, a substance that coats the alveoli of the lungs to aid in the exchange of oxygen during breathing after birth.

During this week of pregnancy, the bone marrow is the main production site for the baby's blood cells, which were previously also produced by the liver.

Baby size and weight

The size of a baby at 25 weeks gestation is about 31.8 centimeters, measured from head to toe, and about 22.4 centimeters from head to butt, equivalent to the size of a cauliflower. Baby weight this week is about 778 grams.

Changes in a woman's body

In the 25th week of pregnancy, the symptoms of reflux or heartburn may continue, and the woman may experience constipation and increased formation of intestinal gas that occurs due to the action of the hormone progesterone, which causes the intestines to relax and decreased movement of bowel loops, in addition to bowel compression by the uterus.

At this stage of pregnancy, some women may experience a faster heartbeat, which is normal during pregnancy, because due to the increase in blood volume, the heart works harder and faster.

Care during the 25th week

At the 25th week of pregnancy, some precautions are important to help alleviate discomforts that may arise, such as:

  • Reflux or heartburn: eating in small amounts, at intervals of less than 2 to 3 hours and avoiding spicy or fried foods, can help relieve this discomfort. See other tips on how to relieve reflux and heartburn in pregnancy;
  • Constipation and gas: eat more fiber in the form of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to keep your body hydrated and practicing physical exercises regularly recommended by the doctor, can help improve bowel movements and relieve these discomforts;
  • Racing heart: Rest whenever possible, drink some water, have a small snack, avoid drinking coffee or caffeine-containing beverages such as black tea or green tea, may help reduce discomfort.However, if the feeling of a racing heart lasts for a long time, is very frequent, or is accompanied by other symptoms such as difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or chest pain, you should seek medical help immediately. See other tips on how to control a racing heart during pregnancy.

It is important to carry out prenatal consultations during pregnancy and to follow medical advice, taking vitamin supplements and folic acid recommended by the doctor.

In addition, you should do physical activities such as swimming, water aerobics, walking or yoga, as long as they are authorized by your doctor, and have a balanced and nutritious diet to ensure the proper functioning of the intestine, control weight gain and provide nutrients for the he althy development of the baby. Learn more about nutrition in pregnancy.

Main exams

At the 25th week of pregnancy, you can perform the blood tests requested by the doctor, such as blood count and urine, to take the results to the next prenatal consultation, which must be performed until the end of the 27th week of pregnancy.

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