You are 25 Weeks and 5 Days 100 days to go…

It will be some years before you’ll know your child’s personality, but even in the uterus she has some likes and dislikes.

Your baby today

With fingers held up to the cheek, eyes closed, and the ear just visible in the background, this image shows a very peaceful baby. To the left, the umbilical cord is visible on its way to the placenta, seen further to the left.

As your baby continues to grow you may find yourself wondering what she is going to be like: easy going or demanding? Funny or serious? Happy playing alone or social? Boisterous or quiet? You may believe that babies are born with their personalities already developed, or that they are born with a personality that is further shaped and developed as they grow. The nature versus nurture debate rages on and, in all likelihood, it’s a combination of the two: some aspects of your child’s personality may already be decided before birth, some may be developed later in childhood, or even adulthood.

You may already have noticed that your baby has certain likes or dislikes, for example she may kick or move in response to loud music or to a certain genre of music, though it’s difficult to tell whether the increased movements mean your baby is enjoying it or not.

Your baby is very stimulated inside the uterus. By this third trimester, she can feel vibrations, and hear not just sounds from inside your body, such as your heartbeat, but also sounds from outside, such as people talking. Your baby is aware of when you’re moving or are still and you may have noticed a pattern of movements from her, not least that she “communicates” more when you’re resting.

As part of her activity, she will continue practicing for life after the birth, with breathing movements and swallowing—and she may even suck her thumb.

Buying for your baby

Preparing for your baby’s arrival doesn’t have to break the bank.

Babies soon outgrow onesies and get little wear out of them so you may be offered some from friends. You can cut the feet off the onesies if they’re too tight.

What your baby needs:

  • Milk: breast milk is free (and best for your baby). For bottle-feeding, you’ll need bottles, nipples, formula, and a sterilizing system.

  • Diapers: you’ll need to decide between disposables, reusables, or a combination of the two (see Choosing diapers). Whichever type you choose, you’ll also need to use diaper wipes.

  • Somewhere to sleep: she can sleep in a crib from birth if you don’t want to buy a bassinet. Even if you buy a used crib, you should always buy a new mattress.

  • Lots of onesies: don’t buy too many newborn size.

  • Transportation: a stroller (with a lie-option until your baby can sit up), or a sling or frontpack to carry your baby.

  • Car seat: this is a legal requirement for car travel. Don’t buy used.

What your baby can live without:

  • Changing station: a mat (or towel) on the floor is cheaper and safer.

  • Bottle warmer: heat in a jug instead.

  • Designer wardrobe.

  • Pack-n-Play: borrow one if necessary.

    Save money by shopping online. Scour second-hand shops and yard sales. Swap clothes and toys with friends, family members, and other parents.

You are 25 Weeks and 6 Days 99 days to go…

Your baby can make coordinated movements with her hands and feet, make a fist, and grab hold of her toes.

Your baby today

A 3D scan can be colored in different ways: this image demonstrates that by this stage your baby’s lip shape is clearly defined. The lips are the most sensitive part of the entire body and your baby’s hands are often held up toward them.

Your baby’s hand coordination dramatically improves now and she constantly brings her hands up to her face, particularly her mouth. The face, and especially the lips, are extremely sensitive, and this heightened sensitivity provides strong positive feedback as your baby successfully coordinates smooth, purposeful movements between hand (and foot) and mouth. There is still plenty of room in the uterus for all sorts of movements and your baby is extremely flexible. It is quite easy for her to adopt a doubled-up position, with her feet up by her mouth or even on top of her head, and to do full somersaults.

Your baby’s bones are hardening from the center out so their outer edges are still formed of soft cartilage.

… Doctor
Q: Why do I get so hot when I’m exercising?
A: During pregnancy, your core body temperature rises due to the effects of the hormone progesterone, your increased weight, and the greater demands on your body. Exercise generates heat and raises your core temperature even further, which is why you’re likely to feel extra hot when you exercise during pregnancy.

You’ll also sweat more easily while you are pregnant. This is because pregnancy-related hormones cause dilation of blood vessels and thus blood flow to your skin (this explains the rosy “glow” some women get), allowing your body to lose heat through the skin more readily. This means that, although you get hotter while you’re exercising, you’ll cool down more quickly than usual. When you’re exercising, always remember to:

  • Drink water before, during, and after a workout.

  • Wear appropriate clothing that will allow your skin to breathe.

  • Avoid exercising when conditions are hot and humid.

… Your baby
Birth weight

A woman’s weight gain during pregnancy influences her baby’s birth weight, which in turn influences the future health of the baby. Birth weights that are too high or too low have been associated with an increased chance of health problems in the baby’s future. Thus, pregnancy is a balancing act, in which women need to take in enough, but not too many, calories and gain the right amount of weight .

Health experts are increasingly concerned about the fact that fetal over-nutrition is resulting in high birth weight. Being overweight, or putting on excessive amounts of weight during pregnancy, increases the chances of gestational diabetes in the mother , a cesarean delivery, complications during delivery, large newborns, and childhood obesity. If a child is obese, there’s an increased risk of a lifetime of being overweight or obese, which increases the chances of diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and heart disease.

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