25 Weeks Pregnant
Fetal development in week 25
Your little grower’s physical proportions are pretty much birth-ready and most of their remaining development will largely be weight gain and a ton of nervous system development.
The good news is: if your child were to be born premature, they’d likely survive without much trauma as their lungs started producing “surfactant” last week, which means their tiny respiratory system is getting stronger with each passing day.
Yes, now’s a good time for a minor sigh of relief and a quick pat on the back. All that hard work and conscientious living is really getting your child prepared for a healthy delivery.
In mobile-fetus news: your baby should be scootching slowly out of the breech position (head upright, with their butt-n-legs down by your pelvis) and start rotating around for a head-first exit through the birth canal.
If all goes well, and your little womb hi-jacker isn't a contrary one, they'll be locked-n-loaded in the next few weeks!
Time is short (or really long, depending on who you ask) — just (still!) 14 weeks left before you can go back to being a single-resident human... with one tiny brand-spankin' new family member!
And how's mom doing?
Trimester two is nearly over, which means you have that one epic-sized final stretch of pregnancy to enjoy (and suffer through)!
Speaking of epic, you’re obviously carrying more weight now and your back is undoubtedly letting you know in more and less painful ways.
Make an effort to practice good posture to alleviate some of the back fatigue. If you didn't notice yet: slouching is actually harder on your back!
Hot baths are the simplest (and loveliest) way to alleviate the many aches associated with being a human pod. And don't worry about the temperature (no matter what your grandma says) - as long as you're not burning yourself, your body will be able to regulate the temperature in your womb.
Clearly, it is past time to strong arm someone who loves you into giving you a massage. Or if you're lucky enough to have the extra bucks, head to a spa that specializes in pregnancy massages and get the full-treatment!
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The Sarcastic Journalist is a freelance writer and mother of two living near Houston, Texas. She has a degree in journalism and an addiction to magazines. Here, she recounts the 40 not-so-glowing but hilarious weeks of her pregnancy!
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Tour de Stretch-pants
Of course, being a female of the overly hormonal variety, I’d size them up. Who looked like she had one too many ice cream sundaes. Who seemed a little neurotic and who decided to do away with fashion totally once finding out she was pregnant.
Yes, I know we were all pregnant and part of that big V****a Sisterhood, but I couldn’t help but judge.
At the same time, I was wondering if they were judging me. You see, I didn’t want to go on the hospital tour too early. If I did, I’d look like some crazy woman who wasn’t even pregnant wanting to tour labor and delivery. I didn’t want to schedule it too late because what if I went into labor?
No, the middle of the pregnancy was, as Baby Bear would say, “Just right.”
I couldn’t help but feel a little jealous at the pregnant women who, when asked their due dates, would reply “Tomorrow!”
Tomorrow? I hate you. I have three more months to go and my butt doesn’t fit into my maternity jeans very well anymore.
The tour can seem a little overwhelming. They show you triage. They show you the rooms and, of course, the stirrups. Perhaps they point out the couch for Daddy/Grandma/Friend/Partner.
It all starts to seem a little too real.
On our first hospital tour, the nurse asked me how I felt. “I’m not so sure I want to do this anymore,” I said.
“Oh, I know, it’s all a big adjustment having a baby for the first time.”
“No, I just don’t want to push it out of my crotch.”