Pregnancy Week 25
Packing On The Pregnancy Pounds
Baby is bulking up now and beginning to gain some serious weight. He will continue to gain and lengthen as he fills out more and more in the coming weeks. His spinal structures are forming and the blood vessels into his lungs continue to develop. If you could see his face, you would be able to see his nostrils taking shape. They may open up by the end of the week. Every week the tapestry of your baby's life changes as he progresses toward birth.
Oh, My Aching Back! Pregnancy Pain
As your uterus expands to accommodate your growing baby, your own body begins to feel the effects of the myriad changes that are taking place. At 25 weeks pregnant, your uterus is about the size of volleyball and as it continues to grow, you may experience pressure on your back and pelvis. This pressure can result in some serious pain radiating into one or both legs, the lower back, and even the buttocks. Some women have a tingling sensation that accompanies the pain in their legs. Others may be unable to walk or lift their legs due to nerve pain.
Pregnancy sciatica is the official name of the condition that occurs when the baby's head presses against the pelvic bones and causes compression of the nerves in the lower back and legs. The pain can be very severe and limiting. The good news is that most frequently, women experience complete relief from sciatica when the baby is born. However, you may not have to wait that long for relief. There are some things you can do to help lessen the pressure and relieve the pain.
Some Ways To Deal With The Pain And Discomfort
A hot pack or an ice pack for ten minutes at a time on the most painful areas can bring relief. Sleeping on a firm mattress can give your back the support it needs. This may be a good time to get yourself a body pillow for support in bed. Avoid sitting for long periods and when you bend, try not to bend from the waist. When you pick things up from a low level, remember to bend at the knees rather than the middle. Good posture helps keep pressure off the spine. Try not to aggravate the situation with movements that make the pain worse. Check with your doctor about having chiropractic or physical therapy treatments to help relieve the discomfort.
The Pregnancy Glow
You are now in the prime of your pregnancy. You are glowing and likely drinking up every ounce of attention you are getting as an expectant mom. You will want to continue your vigil over early labor and talk with your doctor as to steps you may want to take should you have a pre-term situation.
Some women notice an increase in vaginal fluid around this time, which may be mistaken for amniotic fluid. Pressure on the bladder may cause urine leakage. However, if you are concerned as to the source of the fluid, your doctor can do an ultrasound and vaginal exam to determine the amount of amniotic fluid in the uterus to put your mind at ease.