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Highlights this week

Digestion practice

The wave-like movements that propel food along the digestive tract have begun. It's just practice since there's no food to move yet.

Craving Cheez Whiz?

Cravings and aversions may be caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy, which can have a huge impact on taste and smell.

Making maternity leave work

Sign up for extra short-term disability coverage. Or save up to take unpaid FMLA. Look into your company's policy.

25 weeks is how many months?

You're in your sixth month!

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Baby development at 25 weeks

Filling out

Your baby will soon exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out, and she'll start to look more and more like a newborn.

Hair growing in

She's also growing more hair – and if you could see it, you'd be able to discern its color and texture.

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Your baby is about the size of a rutabaga

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Pregnancy symptoms during week 25

Thicker hair

Your locks may look fuller and more lustrous than ever. It's not that you're growing more hair, but thanks to hormonal changes the hair that you'd normally shed is sticking around longer than usual. Enjoy the fullness while you can – the extra hair will fall out after you give birth.

Pale skin?

Pale skin is a sign that you may have iron-deficiency anemia. It's pretty common during pregnancy, so you'll be tested for it around this time.

Don't see your symptom?
Wondering about a symptom you have? Find it on our pregnancy symptoms page.

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Pregnancy checklist at 25 weeks

Know the signs of a pregnancy problem

Here's a rundown of symptoms that could be a sign of a problem. If you have any of these complaints, call your doctor or midwife immediately.

Get baby name ideas

Feeling stumped? Need more options? Check out our lists of inspired baby names.

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Kate Marple is a writer and editor who specializes in health, pregnancy, and parenting content. She's passionate about translating complicated medical information into helpful pregnancy and parenting advice that's easy to understand. She lives in San Francisco with her family.
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