WEEK BY WEEK ADVICE FOR MOMS-TO-BE

Select your stage for information you need to give your precious one the care he/she deserves. Always consult your doctor as a precautionery measure.

Pregnancy is divided into 3 stages. Select your stage for more information.

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You’ve reached your second trimester. For most mums it’s a real milestone because it’s around now that you’ll want to start announcing the news to your friends and family.

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As your baby grows inside you, your body will be going through some changes too during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy; pregnancy hormones will be affecting you both physically and mentally. But, although you might notice your moods are a little changeable, lots of mums-to-be report an increase in their energy levels – especially as morning sickness tends to fade as you enter your second trimester.

This section will tell you all about the developments your baby’s going through, and offer helpful suggestions about how you can look after yourself and make your pregnancy easier.

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2ND TRIMESTER

34 cm | 1 lb 6 oz

Week 25

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Week 25 Pregnancy

As you approach your third trimester your baby is growing rapidly and measures roughly 34cm long and 1lb 6oz in weight. The sensory developments they’ve been going through mean they may now be able to recognise your partner’s voice, and may even find certain music soothing. The part of their brain which registers conscious thought is gearing up – soon they’ll be able to store memories from their time spent inside the womb, ready to be recalled after they’re born.

Weight gain during pregnancy is necessary and natural – it’s essential to your baby’s growth and development and provides a food store if you go on to breastfeed. The healthy amount of weight it’s recommended you gain depends on your pre-pregnancy weight. If you’re a healthy weight, you should aim for a weight gain of between 22 to 28lbs over the course of your pregnancy. If you were previously overweight, a gain of 15 to 25lbs is considered healthy.

Although pregnancy is not the time to diet, a healthy, balanced diet doesn’t mean you should be eating for two. Over-indulging now will make it harder to shift the weight after the birth. A sensible, varied diet covering all of the main food groups is all you and your baby need.

For many mums, weight gain can cause stretch marks. The best thing you can do to avoid and minimise them is to moisturise regularly using a vitamin E cream, helping your skin to retain its elasticity and stretch with your bump as it grows. If there’s another remedy you’d like to try, be sure to check with your midwife first.

If you’ve got any questions about your pregnancy diet, contact our Careline team on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other countries) between the hours of 9am and 6pm Saturday to Thursday.