Amazing activity in the womb
Week 25: Your baby is developing hands and coordination skills
During the 25th week of pregnancy, your baby uses her tiny developing hands to learn about herself and her environment. In fact, her hands have developed to the point that she can make a fist.
Here's what else is going on:
- Your baby weighs about 1-1/2 pounds, and is about the length of a small cantaloupe.
- The nerve connections in her hands continue to develop.
- She is doing somersaults and twists. She is small enough to move around in your uterus, so she will occasionally explore her environment.
- Her leg muscles have developed enough to enable her to kick.
Your Week 25 nutrition and health
Calcium helps a baby grow and keeps mom strong, too
Help ensure your baby continues to get stronger every day by eating calcium-rich foods. If your calcium intake is low, your baby will actually draw from the calcium in your bones and teeth, which could set you up for developing osteoporosis later in life. So make sure youíre getting enough calcium for both of you.
To meet your daily calcium requirement of 1,000 mg, consider eating three or more of the following foods every day (if you have special dietary requirements or needs, consult a dietitian for guidance):
- 1 cup of low-fat or fat-free milk
- 1 cup of low-fat yogurt
- 1 cup of low-fat cottage cheese
- 1/4 cup of low-fat grated cheese
- 1-1/2 cups of bok choy (a nutritious type of Chinese cabbage)
- 1-1/2 cups of edamame
- 1 cup of calcium fortified orange juice
- 1 cup of calcium and vitamin D fortified soy milk
- 1 cup of milk-based soup
How your body is preparing for breastfeeding
When you are around 25 weeks pregnant, the milk-producing glands in your breasts grow larger and the skin around your areolas and nipples changes in preparation for breastfeeding.
Nutrition tip: How much to increase caloric intake
On average, you should start to gain one pound a week during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Increase your prepregnancy caloric intake by 340 calories daily during weeks 13 through 26 and by 450 calories daily during weeks 26 through 40.