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Pregnancy Week 25

By Christine Shiffler, edHelperBaby

How is your baby growing and developing?
           At 25 weeks your baby can weigh from 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds.  Your baby is developing his sense of sound too.  He can hear you.   He hears all the noises made inside and outside of your body.  You've probably noticed, your baby is moving around more.       

       Section:   What is happening to your body?       

       As you look at yourself in the mirror from the side, do things look different?  By now you are obviously getting bigger.   Your doctor will be giving you a test for a glucose screening test and one for iron levels.  Bring something you like to read.  For the glucose test you need to drink a sugar water solution and wait one hour before testing.       

       Section:  Parent's Homework       

       A great activity to have you singing the right words to the correct note is to look up lullabies.       

       Each of you will want to have knowledge of a few lullabies to sing.  Make a list of your favorite tunes.  Pick a few to sing through the seasons as your child grows. "Let me call you Sweetheart" by Bing Crosby is one of my favorites.  I find my self humming this familiar tune throughout the day.  There is usually not a great deal of words to memorize since the music is repetitive and rhythmic.  You will be glad you did this simple activity when the baby arrives.  The little ones eat up all the attention and it is great for your bonding with them.       
  • Listen to some lullabies
  • Choose three songs
  • Choose an old favorite of yours
  • Pick a favorite song to hum or sing to your baby

       Section: Personal Experience       

       My husband and I have very different taste in music.  I found myself singing an old time song "Let me call you Sweetheart" as one of my lullabies.  My husband wants to do more talking and less humming.  He was able to listen and choose a few songs.  He also went to the store and found a great sound spa machine.  It has lullabies, nature sounds, and a projector for images.  The idea is to have a few tricks up your sleeve to help out during the wonderful and stressful moments.  Sometimes you may find that no matter what you do, your baby will be fussy.  You need to be thinking of ways to bond and communicate with your small child.  This will be very helpful once you are home alone with your new baby.       

       Section: Is Sleeping a Problem?       

       The rule seems to be that sleeping on your left side is the best for you and your baby.

       This position provides unobstructed blood flow through the body because the major blood vessels that bring the blood flow to all of your organs is slightly to the right side of the center of the back.  There are several options to make sleep easier for you.       
  • Invest in a maternity pillow.  Many women find these to be very instrumental in their comfort level.  This pillow also has uses after pregnancy.  You can use it to place the baby into as a cushioned seat.  My husband even enjoyed sleeping with this body pillow.
  • Knee wedge:  These are terrific especially if you are experiencing any kind of sciatica pain associated with your lower extremities. Make a good choice for comfort.  Some wedges may seem too wide and be uncomfortable to use.  Find a wedge with an incline that seems the most comfortable and suites your needs.


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