You’re 25 weeks pregnant!
At this point, you probably can’t even remember what it was like not to be pregnant.
25 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know
If you haven’t done it already, it’s time to register for your birthing classes, if you plan to take them.
It will be time to start classes before you know it.
It’s important you start early enough to finish your class a few weeks before your due date – just in case baby makes an early arrival.
It’s also a good idea because leaving your class until later in your pregnancy means you’ll be tired and over it, and less likely to take in the important information.
BellyBelly highly recommends choosing independent birth education classes over hospital classes, for many reasons.
The main one is you will get so much more out of them than you will from hospital based classes.
26 Weeks Pregnant Belly
By the time you reach 25 weeks pregnant your uterus is the size of a soccer ball.
There’ll be plenty of aches and pains as your body stretches to accommodate your growing bump.
To minimise leg cramps, swelling and backache, take regular walks and get plenty of sleep.
Make time to relax and unwind each day with your feet up.
Your belly is getting a little more crowded now.
This means the return of things like indigestion, frequent trips to the loo and possibly nausea.
Try to take things gently when you move about. Your centre of gravity is shifting to accommodate your growing bump.
25 Weeks Pregnant: Your Body
You’re probably really enjoying how fast your nails and hair are growing.
In fact, your hair might even have grown thicker as well.
Be prepared, though; some women experience hair loss after baby is born.
Don’t panic if you see clumps of hair falling out a couple of weeks after baby arrives.
It shouldn’t be significant enough for others to notice.
It will more likely be just some shedding of hair and returning to your hair’s normal thickness – like it was before pregnancy.
Remember those early days of frequent trips to the toilet?
All that space your baby is taking up means your bladder is getting squished again.
Your digestive system is likely to have slowed down, too. And this might mean constipation is a problem.
To avoid backed up bowels, make sure you drink plenty of water and keep up your intake of vegetables.
Don’t strain when you go to the toilet either. The pressure on blood vessels makes you more susceptible to varicose veins.
Straining when you go to the toilet also means you’re more likely to experience haemorrhoids.
Diet At 25 Weeks Pregnant
Now you’re 25 weeks pregnant, you’ll be gaining between 226 and 453 grams of weight each week.
The weight gain will remain steady until the end of your pregnancy.
In the last few weeks, it might even increase a bit.
You’re probably quite hungry these days, as baby is growing fast. If your appetite is not satisfied, and you are wondering why, it’s important to look at what you are eating.
Stick to healthy, nutritious foods over highly processed sugary treats.
Your baby’s health and growth depend on you making good food choices.
What you eat also affects your own health.
To prevent heartburn and indigestion, try to avoid rich foods.
Although it seems unfair can’t enjoy your favourite take away or fizzy drinks, the bonus is not having to deal with reflux for hours afterwards.
Most women find they need to avoid fatty and spicy foods, caffeine, chocolate and acidic foods such as citrus fruits, when they’re pregnant
Recent research has shown that lifestyle choices significantly impact on your likelihood of being diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Pregnant women are offered a glucose screening test between week 26 and 28 weeks.
It’s important to have information about this test.
If you wish to know more about routine glucose challenge test, read Is Routine Testing For Gestational Diabetes Necessary?.
Sugars and grains are two main contributors to insulin resistance.
Make sure you take a moment to read Dr Andrew Orr’s article on gestational diabetes.
Eat plenty of nutritionally dense foods, including:
- Leafy greens
- Vegetables in a range of colours
- Nuts and seeds
- Healthy fats (avocado, virgin coconut oil, eggs and chia seeds)
- Lean protein, such as grass-fed beef and fish.
Avoid foods with nutritionally empty calories, which are commonly found in processed foods.
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.
25 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby
Your baby at 25 weeks has developed a sense of equilibrium.
This means your baby can tell which way is up and which way is down.
Baby is also gaining weight and getting stronger.
If you could see inside you’d notice your baby’s also growing quite a bit more hair.
Baby’s skin is still thin and wrinkled, but is starting to plump out.
It is definitely starting to turn pink, which is due to small blood vessels, called capillaries, forming under the skin and filling with blood.
Your baby at 25 weeks is also preparing for life outside the uterus.
The nostrils and nose are beginning to open up, allowing your baby to take practice breaths. There’s no air in there, so your baby is ‘breathing’ amniotic fluid.
Your baby is developing a startle reflex. It is also called the Moro reflex and is present until around 3 to 4 months after birth.
When babies hear a loud noise, feel sudden movement or feel like they’re falling, they will respond in a certain way. Usually they extend arms and legs out then curl back in.
You’re feeling much stronger kicks and punches now, too.
Your baby has periods of waking and sleeping, and these are probably becoming pretty obvious to you. You are sure to notice when you’ve woken baby up.
This week, your baby probably weighs between 566 grams and 1 kg, is about about 34-37 cm long, and is the size of a large eggplant.