This week your baby’s dexterity starts to improve, which means he can curl his fingers into a fist or grab the umbilical cord. In his gums his adult teeth are starting to form, but won’t appear until his milk teeth fall out around age six.
By 25 weeks your baby’s brainwave patterns are similar to what they will be when he is born, which means he is already developing a primitive memory. Keep singing and talking to your baby because he will remember and become familiar with your voice or the songs you play him in the womb.
You may start to feel breathless this week as your uterus moves further up your ribcage and squashes your lungs.
How to combat breathlessness:
- Do make certain that when you exercise you listen to what your body is telling you. If you feel unusually breathless, you must stop at once. In later pregnancy you may prefer to do a more gentle form of exercise, such as yoga, in order to limit possible discomforts like being out of breath.
- Do concentrate on your posture; sitting or standing upright can help you to take some pressure away from your diaphragm.
- Lying stretched out on the most comfortable side for you and keeping your legs slightly raised on a pillow can also help to relieve uncomfortable respiratory feelings.
- Don’t try to do too much: plenty of time for that later.
If you experience any acute breathing difficulties: shortness or rapidity of breath, seek medical advice immediately. In case of breathlessness, check with your GP that you are not anaemic, as you may need an iron supplement.