At a glance
Gently stroke your bump to let your baby know you are there
To reduce leg cramps, try gentle exercise like swimming or pilates
Listen to your cravings to try a little bit of the aromatic foods you like
For swollen ankles, elevate your feet and avoid tight shoes
Baby's development at 25 weeks
It might feel like your little one is taking acrobatics classes inside your tummy. Baby can get a bit restless at times, so it touches and pushes your uterine wall. Gently stroke your bump to show that you are there. Baby might even meet your hand as the sense of touch develops. These quiet sensory exchanges will help you bond even more with that little person growing inside you.
At week 25, you may experience leg cramps. This is absolutely normal as the extra weight of pregnancy can place strain on the leg muscles, making them more vulnerable to cramping. Don’t forget that exercise does help during labour, so try some gentle swimming for great full-body exercise. To help strengthen your back and pelvic floor, why not join a pilates class? Even better if you can find a class that's run by an experienced instructor for pregnant women.
Listen to your heart. And your cravings. Some women don’t eat the foods they want as they’re worried about upsetting baby. If you want a curry, go right ahead! Your little one won’t get any actual curry, only the aromatic experience via the molecules in your amniotic fluid. So go ahead and use all those herbs and spices you love as part of your pregnancy diet.
Are your ankles a bit more swollen than usual? Here’s three very different solutions to help. Try sitting back and putting your feet up - literally. Elevating your feet (a little) helps relieve the pressure on your legs and ankles. Or, you can go out for a stroll.
Walking activates the blood circulation in your calves and carries fluid to other parts of your body. And last but not least, avoid wearing tight shoes.
If you also notice swelling in your face and/or your hands, make sure you see your doctor immediately. These symptoms may indicate pre-eclampsia, common in pregnancy.