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The baby's head still seems too large for his bodyHearing is now acute and loud noises may startle the baby into sudden movement.The limbs appear more rounded as fat continues to be laid down.At 25 weeks the average crown to heel length is 11.7 inBlood flow through the umbilical cord and placenta regulates the baby's temperatureYour baby yawns often

The rest of your pregnancy will pass before you know it. Make sure you have all the practicalities in hand, such as deciding what date to stop work, and you might want to give some thought to the birth. Meanwhile, friends and family will no doubt be monitoring your growing belly with interest. Try to be patient if they bombard you with advice and don't listen to too many "tall tales" about pregnancy and childbirth.

Excerpted from Pregnancy Day by Day.
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