25 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know
You’re 25 weeks pregnant!
You probably can’t remember what it was like to not be pregnant at this point!
By the time you reach 25 weeks pregnant your uterus is the size of a soccer ball.
Plenty of aches and pains are present as your body stretches to accommodate your growing bump.
Minimise leg cramps, swelling and backache by taking regular walks and getting plenty of sleep.
Make time to relax and unwind each day with your feet up.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to register for your birthing class, if you plan to take one.
It will be time to start these 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.
But also because leaving your class until later in your pregnancy means you’re tired and over it, so less likely to take in the important information.
BellyBelly highly recommends choosing independent birth education classes over hospital classes, for many reasons.
One of them being you will get so much more out of them than you will in a hospital based class.
25 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body
You’re probably really enjoying how fast your nails and hair are growing.
In fact, your hair can even have grown thicker 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.
Oh and 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.
This can mean constipation is be 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 means you’re less likely to experience haemorrhoids.
Avoiding rich foods also helps to prevent heartburn and indigestion.
While it seems unfair you can’t enjoy your favourite take away or fizzy drinks, the bonus is not having to deal with reflux for hours after.
Most women find when they’re pregnant they need to avoid fatty and spicy foods, caffeine, chocolate and acidic foods such as citrus fruits.
Diet At 25 Weeks Pregnant
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, as baby is growing fast, it’s important to look at what you are eating for an idea why your appetite is not satisfied.
Stick to healthy, nutritious foods over highly processed sugary treats.
Your baby’s health and growth depends on you making good food choices.
Not to mention what you eat affects your own health.
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.
So it’s important to know this information.
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’s 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 definitely starting to plump out.
And it is definitely starting to turn pink.
This 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 begin to open up, allowing your baby to take practice breaths.
Although there’s no air in there, so your baby is ‘breathing’ amniotic fluid.
Your baby’s startle reflex is developing.
This is also called the Moro reflex and is present until around 3 to 4 months after birth.
When your baby hears a loud noise, feels sudden movement or they feel like they’re falling, they will respond 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 certain to notice when you’ve woken baby up!
This week, your baby probably weighs between 566 grams and 1 kg, about 34-37 cm long and the size of a large eggplant.