Breast milk is best for your baby

Breast milk is best for babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. At around six months of age (but not before 4 months), infants should receive nutritionally adequate and age-appropriate complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

Abbott Singapore fully recognises breast milk’s primacy, value and superiority and supports exclusive breastfeeding as recommended by the WHO.

The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit www.healthhub.sg/earlynutrition.

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SECOND TRIMESTER / WEEK 25

25th Week of Pregnancy

Focus on Self-Care
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Baby's Growth and Development at 25 Weeks Pregnant

During the 25th week of pregnancy, your baby uses her tiny developing hands to learn about herself and her environment. Here’s what else is going on:

  • This week, your baby weighs about a pound and a half, and is about the length of a small cantaloupe.
  • Reach for the stars! When you’re 25 weeks pregnant, your baby’s hands are fully developed. She even can make a fist.
  • The nerve connections in her hands continue to develop.
  • She uses her hands to explore her environment.
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Your Changing Body at 25 Weeks Pregnant

During the 25th week of pregnancy and in the weeks that follow, your body continues its evolution of change.

  • Your uterus extends beyond your navel but below your chest.
  • Around the 25th week of pregnancy, your blood pressure returns to your pre-pregnancy level.
  • Your lung capacity increases. It’s normal to breathe faster or experience a little shortness of breath.
  • In preparation for breastfeeding, at 25 weeks pregnant, the milk-producing glands in your breasts grow larger and the skin around your areolas and nipples changes.
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Wellness and Nutrition at 25 Weeks Pregnant

During your 25th week of pregnancy, self-care remains a priority. Continue to seek relief from common pregnancy symptoms, such as back pain.

  • If you are experiencing back pain during your 25th week of pregnancy, try a gentle stretching pose. It might help strengthen and stretch your back, pelvis, and thigh muscles.
    • Kneel on your hands and knees. Your hands should be directly below your shoulders. Your knees should be about 10 inches apart.
    • Slowly curl backward, bringing your head gently toward your knees and your bottom toward your feet. Your arms should be straight and extended, but not locked at the elbow.
    • Hold for a count of about five.
    • Slowly rise to your original kneeling position.
    • Repeat several times.
  • Nutrition tip: Are herbal supplements or remedies safe? Not all herbal supplements are regulated in Singapore, so it’s hard to know about proper dosing, healthy levels, and their safety to expectant moms and their unborn babies. Before taking any herbal supplement, speak with your doctor.