Around week 25, the structures of your baby’s spine are starting to form, including 33 vertebrae, 150 joints, and 1,000 ligaments. These structures will support your baby’s body weight. The capillaries are also forming this week. Capillaries are tiny blood vessels that move blood from the heart to tissues in the body. By the end of week 25, air sacs and blood vessels in her lungs will develop, getting her ready for her first breath, and her nostrils are beginning to open up.
This week your baby will be moving slowly out of the breech position and start rotating into a better position for exit during the birth. Her head and feet are slowly rotating so that the head is pointed down towards the birth canal.
In response to the question, “I started suffering from Hemorrhoids. Is this normal? Do you have any good tips that can help?” – Maria G. from California
Hemorrhoids are very common during pregnancy. Hemorrhoids are varicose veins — blood vessels that have become swollen that show up in the rectal area. Taking 25 milligrams of vitamin B6 at each meal for several days may help clear up hemorrhoids. Here are some high-fiber foods that may also help:
1 cup brown rice: 3 grams fiber
3 cup popcorn: 3 grams fiber
1 cup raisin bran: 5 grams fiber
1 cup kidney beans: 7 grams fiber
1 cup baked beans: 8 grams fiber
3 dried figs: 10 grams fiber
The following are some tips for relieving the itchy/painful symptoms:
Soak in a tub or a sitz bath. A sitz bath is small plastic basin that you fill with water and position over your toilet, allowing you to soak the area simply by sitting down.
Apply an ice pack with witch hazel to the affected area several times a day. Ice may help decrease swelling and discomfort.
Gently clean the affected area after each bowel movement. Many women find using pre-moistened wipes more comfortable than using tissues. You can buy medicated wipes made specifically for people with hemorrhoids.
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