25 Weeks Pregnant | Your Body and Your Baby

25 Weeks Pregnant

You’re 25 weeks pregnant!

You’re probably experiencing several uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms by now.

Unfortunately, these symptoms might be with you for the duration of your pregnancy.

Leg cramps, swelling and backaches can be minimised by taking regular walks and getting plenty of sleep.

Make time to relax and unwind each day with your feet up.

25 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

Now you’re 25 weeks pregnant, you’ll be gaining somewhere between 226 and 453 grams of weight each week. The weight gain will stay steady until the end of your pregnancy. In the last few weeks, it may even increase a bit.

While you’re probably quite hungry these days (since your baby is growing fast!) it’s important to look at what you’re eating, if you want an insight into why your appetite is not satisfied. Empty calories can leave us with empty tummies, craving more food.

Stick to healthy, nutritious foods instead of highly processed sugary treats. Your baby’s health and growth depends on you making good food choices. Your own health — and even your birth experience — can be affected by what you eat too.

Eat plenty of nutritionally dense foods, including leafy greens, vegetables in a range of colours, nuts and seeds and good fats — for example avocado, virgin coconut oil, eggs and chia seeds. Avoid foods with nutritionally empty calories, which are commonly found in processed foods (sugars and grains). High fibre (from vegetables, not cereals which will make things worse) and high protein foods will help you to feel full on fewer calories. Need some ideas? Here are 13 delicious healthy breakfast ideas.

In addition to putting up with all those annoying symptoms, you’re probably really enjoying how fast your nails and hair are growing. In fact, your hair may be thicker now, too.

Be prepared, however, that some women have some hair loss after baby is born. It shouldn’t be significant enough for others to notice. It will likely just be you shedding enough hair to return to your hair’s normal thickness before pregnancy. So, don’t panic if you see clumps of hair falling out a couple of weeks after baby arrives.

25 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby

Baby has developed her sense of equilibrium. She can tell which way is up and which way is down. Other than this development, she’s still doing much of the same activities of the past few weeks. She’s gaining weight and getting stronger so that she’s ready to brave the world. She’s also growing quite a bit more hair.

You’re feeling much stronger kicks and punches now, too. She has periods of waking and sleeping, and these are probably becoming pretty obvious to you. You are certain to notice when you’ve awakened her. Before long, those kicks and punches may become painful, so enjoy them now, while they’re likely just a little startling.

If you haven’t already, it’s time to register for your birthing class, if you plan to take one. Before long, it will be time to start attending. It’s important that you start early enough to be finished with your class a few weeks before your due date, just in case baby makes an early arrival.

BellyBelly highly recommends choosing independent birth education classes over hospital classes, for many reasons, one of them being that you will get so much more out of them than you will in a hospital based class.

This week, your baby probably weighs between 566 grams and 1 kg, about 34-37 cm long and the size of a large eggplant.

Last Updated: July 22, 2016

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