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    Things are heating up in the womb.

    The face of a fetus in the twenty-fifth week

    Your baby’s development

    Your baby is all about the hands this week.
    It’s week 25 of your 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 1 ½ pounds, and is about the length of a small cantaloupe.
    • 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!
    A bowl of edamame

    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.

    Consider eating three or more of the following foods every day to meet your daily calcium requirement of 1,000 mg:

    • 1 cup of low-fat or fat-free milk
    • 1 cup of low-fat yogurt
    • 1 cup of low-fat cottage cheese
    • ¼ cup of low-fat grated cheese
    • 1 cup cooked greens (collard, turnip, and mustard greens)
    • 1 ½ cups of bok choy (a nutritious Chinese cabbage)
    • 1 ½ cups edamame
    • 1 cup of calcium fortified orange juice
    • 1 cup of calcium and vitamin D fortified soy milk
    • 1 cup of milk-based soup

    If you have special dietary requirements or needs, talk to your doctor about appropriate options.
    A mother breastfeeding her infant

    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.

    What happens next week

    Aloha! Your baby is weighing in around 2 pounds.
    At week 26, your baby is 1 ½ to 2 pounds, and is about the length of a small pineapple.