The child

The child

Your baby measures about 11.8 inches (30 cm) from head to foot and weighs about 1.5 pounds (680 gm) at the start of the week—and about 1.7 pounds (790 gm) at the end of the week.

Your baby may sit on your bladder, causing you to have to go to the toilet more frequently. The umbilical cord contains two arteries and a vein and is thick and elastic. The blood vessels are embedded in a gelatinous mass known as Wharton’s jelly to prevent them becoming entangled. Toward the end of your pregnancy, the umbilical cord will be about as thick as your thumb and 20 to 31 inches (50 to 80 cm) long. The beginnings of your baby’s permanent teeth are formed, and these will emerge once your child has lost her milk teeth.

Pregnancy Week 25 Baby Beige
Mother

Mother

As your belly grows you will gradually feel the weight of your uterus. Backaches, leg cramps and pressure on the pelvic floor are common now. Do stretching exercises to relieve cramps in your calves.

There’s a chance that your feet and ankles swell significantly. The culprit here is the pregnancy hormone progesterone which reduces resistance in the muscles of the blood vessels, causing swelling, or edema as it’s known, in the feet and lower legs. Try a pair of support stockings and move around a bit more every day.

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Partner

Partner

If you place your ear on your partner’s belly where you think your baby’s back is, you might be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat—which is much faster than mom’s heartbeat. It might take some time to find the right position, so be patient. The heart of the unborn baby beats at between 110 and 160 beats per minute.

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