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    Things are heating up in the womb.

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    Your baby’s development

    Your baby is all about the hands this week.

    It’s twenty fifth week of pregnancy and your baby is using her tiny developing hands to learn about herself and her surroundings. In fact, the nerve connections in her hands continue to develop and she is coordinated enough to make a fist.
    It’s twenty fifth week of pregnancy and your baby is using her tiny developing hands to learn about herself and her surroundings. In fact, the nerve connections in her hands continue to develop and she is coordinated enough to make a fist.

    Here’s what else is going on this week:
    • Your baby weighs about 700 grams, and is about the length of a small cantaloupe melon.
    • She is small enough to move around in your uterus and she will occasionally explore her environment.
    • Her leg muscles are developed enough that she can now kick. You’ll know it when it happens!
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    Your nutrition and health

    Calcium for a strong mom and a growing baby.

    Eating calcium-rich foods helps ensure that your baby continues to grow strong every day. If your calcium intake is low, your baby will actually draw from the calcium in your bones and teeth, which could set you up for osteoporosis later in life. So make sure you’re getting enough calcium for both of you. Low calcium intake is also associated with higher risk of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.
    Eating calcium-rich foods helps ensure that your baby continues to grow strong every day. If your calcium intake is low, your baby will actually draw from the calcium in your bones and teeth, which could set you up for osteoporosis later in life. So make sure you’re getting enough calcium for both of you. Low calcium intake is also associated with higher risk of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.

    Dairy products are the main dietary source of bioavailable calcium; other foods rich in calcium are leafy green vegetables, sardines, anchovies, fortified soy products, and fortified cereals. Consider eating three or more of the following foods every day to meet your daily calcium requirement:
    • low-fat or fat-free milk
    • low-fat yogurt
    • low-fat cottage cheese
    • low-fat grated cheese
    • edamame beans
    • calcium fortified orange juice
    • calcium and vitamin D fortified soy milk
    • milk-based soup
    If you have special dietary requirements or needs, talk to your doctor about appropriate options.
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    Things to think about now

    Your body is preparing for breastfeeding.

    Around 25 weeks, the milk-producing glands in your breasts grow larger and the skin around your areolas and nipples changes in preparation for breastfeeding.
    Around 25 weeks, the milk-producing glands in your breasts grow larger and the skin around your areolas and nipples changes in preparation for breastfeeding.
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    What happens next week?

    Your baby is weighing in around 1 kg.

    At week 26, your baby is 700 grams to 1 kg, and is about the length of a small pineapple.
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