Pregnancy week 25

Up to now your baby has been quite long and thin, but he or she is now starting to fill out as more fat begins to form under the skin. Usually babies at this stage are more than 450g (1lb) in weight. The bones are getting harder.

If you haven’t already, now is a good time to plan the baby’s sleeping arrangements. Initially you will most probably keep the baby in your room with you for a few months (this is highly recommended) but you will still need to prepare baby’s room with a changing station, drawers for clothes and, no doubt, decoration.

As you approach the end of the second trimester, you might want to tackle some of the shopping for baby clothes and equipment. Have you chosen baby names yet?

Some pregnant women develop varicose veins, as hormones make their blood vessels widen and swell. Varicose veins are swollen blue and twisted and often appear on the lower legs but can be found in other places such as the thighs. You can ease the discomfort by wearing support stockings and resting with your legs supported above the level of your heart. You should also try to avoid standing for long periods.

Visits to your doctor or midwife may increase now but there is still a long way to go, so don’t get anxious and wear yourself out with boredom at just how long there is still to go.

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