As of Sunday 4/30/2017, we are 25 weeks pregnant with Kymani Lyrique. So, what's she doing in there? How are we feeling? What's next?
Is Kymani's Pregnancy As Scary As Nova's?
Those of you that followed along when we were pregnant with Nova Skye will know that her pregnancy was very eventful and high-risk. That's not the case with Kymani at all, which is part of why we haven't been posting much. We've also just been really busy chasing after an almost-walking ten and a half month old while also running our business and making money.
Why No Updates Until Now?
It's not that we don't want to keep people up-to-date. We definitely do! It's just that early on in the pregnancy, because it was so low-risk, there wasn't much to say, except for how far along we were.
What's Kymani Been Doing lately?
She has been doing so many cute things lately that we really should update everyone. A constant for Kymani is kicking vigorously whenever Nova is anywhere near me, especially near my tummy. We wonder if she knows that's her sister.
She also kicks a ton to daddy's voice, mommy's voice, and to Pinky's purr. Pinky is a kitty we recently decided to foster, as he had been through three families already. Kymani really enjoys his purr a lot.
How Am I Feeling?
I've been a bit fatigued and have had to slow down on some of my usual activities. But that's normal at this stage of pregnancy. This time, I am not having the same pains or pre-term labor issues as I did during our pregnancy with Nova. I'm tired for sure, but that's normal and to be expected.
I'm actually doing extremely well, considering this will be my 6th baby. I am still able to do my normal activities (with safety modifications any pregnant woman should make). Compared to 25 weeks gestation symptoms with Nova, this pregnancy is very mild at 25 weeks.
Key Developments At Or Around 25 Weeks
Every pregnancy is different, but here are some things that may be going on with Kymani and myself at 25 weeks gestation.
- Baby will be around 13.5 inches long
- Baby weighs about 1.5 lbs
- Wrinkles start to smooth out
- Baby fat starts to form
- Skin starts getting pinker, instead of transparent, due to capillaries forming
- Blood vessels also start forming in the baby's lungs
- Lungs start producing surfactant, but not yet enough to breathe on his/her own
- Baby's hair starts growing more
- Baby's nose starts working in practice for outside breathing
- Baby might smell various scents
- Baby is likely kicking frequently by 25 weeks
Mom's Possible Experiences At 25 Weeks Gestation
All pregnancies are different, but here are some possible symptoms you might experience as a pregnant mom at 25 weeks along.
- Your hair might change textures and look more full and shiny
- You may be getting more fatigued and/or less able to move as quickly
- More frequent urination
- Trouble sleeping
- Braxton-Hicks contractions (false/practice contractions)
What Might Doctor Appointments Involve?
This is around the time where your provider may check your blood for anemia. A glucose screening test should also be given somewhere between 24-28 weeks. Our tests for those are coming up very soon. We've already had screening done for Down's Syndrome, as well as many other defects earlier in the pregnancy. We've also had the more detailed ultrasound that happens between 20-24 weeks. So far, everything looks exactly as it should and there are no concerns.
Precautions For Moms At 25 Weeks Pregnant
- Rest if feeling tired and talk to doctor about approved exercises
- Avoid lying flat on back
- Avoid contact sports
- Avoid activities that may cause imbalance or increase chances of falling
- Rest if dizzy, in pain, or short of breath
- Drink lots of water
- Make sure to warm up before and cool down after any physical activities
- Track baby's movement patterns to help you notice if something seems wrong
- Warning signs: spotting or bleeding, dizziness, & abdominal or back pain
Braxton-Hicks are normal at this state, but if contractions get regular and more frequent, call your doctor immediately. This may be a sign of pre-term labor. Pre-term labor can be stopped if caught soon enough.
Never hesitate to talk to your doctor if you feel like something may be wrong. If you are correct, the earlier your doctor is aware, the better for you and baby. Call 911 in an emergency.
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