Your babys progress - Week 25
Does it feel like baby is punching you from inside your belly? Your baby’s co-ordination has come along so much in the last few weeks that he can now make a fist and can grab his feet for acrobatic fun and games inside his little womb palace. His lungs are continuing to develop and his nostrils are opening up. Babies at 24 weeks have been found to increase their breathing after their mothers eat, especially if the food contains sugar! The good news is this: if your child were to be born premature, he’d likely survive as his tiny respiratory system is getting stronger with each passing day.
The tooth buds developing under his gums are laying down enamel and he is really starting to make his presence known while he grows bigger inside you. Most of baby’s remaining development will be weight gain and nervous system development.
Baby will have clear waking and sleeping patterns if you take the time to chart when he is asleep – though he definitely spends 90% of his womb-time sleeping. Many women notice baby tends to be noticeably more active when they are resting, perhaps because when a pregnant woman is active, her body naturally 'rocks' her baby to sleep. Baby will be moving around in the womb, and has what’s called a ‘righting reflex’, which enables him to adopt a head down position in the uterus.
Your baby can now rotate his head and could experience hiccups. Some unborn babies hiccup quite frequently and you may experience it as small, regular 'jumps' in your belly every now and then for short periods of time.
Just like adults, all babies are different and develop at varying rates in the womb. This information gives a general idea of your baby's development and progress
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