25 Weeks Pregnant: What To Expect?
Mothers-to-be, it’s that time when your body is undergoing a host of changes during your pregnancy and you’re more than eager to understand how the work-in-progress you’ve been carrying over the past 25 weeks pregnant is going on. It’s time to understand and learn to address these feelings with the facts needed.
Baby’s Growth During Pregnancy – Week 25
It’s a wonderful feeling to have made it into the third trimester where your baby makes its presence felt by increasing movements. Now thanks to its new and improved grip, which is quite firm at this time, it can hold on to the umbilical cord. The first bowel movement of your baby is being formed at week 25. It is called thick and dark meconium and is likely to be excreted immediately after birth. The hair of the baby is growing, and now its texture and color are distinct.
What is the Baby’s Size?
When you’re pregnant for 25 weeks, the length of the baby is about 13 and 1⁄2 inches and weighs about 700 grams. Some of the baby fat it has accumulated is shed, and now your baby looks longer and leaner than ever before. Imagine a squash of acorns or a large cauliflower and you can see the size of the baby.
25-week Symptoms of Pregnancy
You’re probably starting to feel weighed down by your bigger – by – day baby while you’re still feeling pretty energetic. The symptoms of your pregnant 25 weeks may include:
- Trouble sleeping: You may not be able to sleep because you’re getting nervous about delivery, or perhaps it’s your haywire hormones — or just getting your big belly in the way. Experiment with various sleeping strategies. One idea is to drink extra water early in the day, so as you get closer to bedtime you can start tapering off your intake. You may need fewer breaks in the bathroom during the night.
- Frequent urination: Now your bladder is crowding that baby, you have to pee a lot.
- Constipation: Exercise (it’s as easy as regular walks), drinking plenty of water, and eating plenty of fiber-rich foods can help you stay, well … regular.
- Hemorrhoids: We can’t have enough sympathy for these swollen anal varicose veins. In the second half of pregnancy, hemorrhoids are common as baby puts a ton of pressure on your digestive tract. And surely constipation doesn’t help. Controlling constipation will help prevent strain as you go to the bathroom and hopefully prevent future swelling and discomfort.
- Gas and bloating: Digestion slows down your hormones, creating excess gas.
- Heartburn: Add this to your tummy disorder list. Baby pushes your digestive tract, which in turn can push up your esophagus with stomach acid and cause painful burning. During pregnancy, most antacids should be safe (but always check with your doctor!) and also contain lots of calcium as an additional bonus. It can also help with heartburn, especially before bedtime, to avoid greasy and spicy foods.
- Braxton Hicks contractions: Usually these little “practice contractions” appear about 28 weeks, but earlier some moms-to-be notice them. If you get them, you will notice that your uterus is getting very hard and tight and then returning to normal. Fortunately, contractions of Braxton Hicks are not frequent and do not occur regularly. If you switch positions, they will also go away. On the other hand, real contractions will occur repeatedly and will continue to become stronger and more frequent. If you are concerned that your contractions are the real deal and not just practice, call the doctor immediately. You could go into premature labor— some moms-to-be are at greater risk of early labor, including those pregnant with twins for 25 weeks— and sometimes premature labor can be stopped if caught early enough.
25 Weeks Pregnant Belly
So far, you’ve probably earned a total of 15 to 18 pounds. Are you pregnant with twins for 25 weeks? Maybe it’s more like 25 to 40 pounds for you.
Weight gain can be a source of anxiety when you’re pregnant for 25 weeks. We know, we know, we told you to gain slowly and steadily, but in the second trimester, it’s also very common for the number on your scale to jump around during this time. This may be due in part to the amount of water weight that pregnant women put on in mid-pregnancy. And realistically, it’s just not going to happen to gain the exact same amount of weight every week— there will naturally be some fluctuations— your doctor just wants you to gain healthy weight so you and your baby stay as healthy as possible. (And so your third trimester is not miserable because you carry a lot of extra weight around you!)
So don’t sweat a few extra pounds and keep up with your eating and exercise healthy. If you really have a problem with your weight gain, your doctor will let you know. Focus on what’s going on inside that 25 weeks pregnant belly instead of stressing too much about your weight.
At 25 weeks, the fetal movement has become more noticeable— and you may notice some patterns. If you feel lots of kicks, the baby’s awake, and if you’re not, he or she’s probably snoozing. Regular movement is a sign that the baby is healthy and active. If you haven’t felt baby moving in a while and want some reassurance that it’s all right, drink some ice water, play some music, or have your partner give you a light massage, and your little one might just wake up and give you some jabs.
25 Weeks Ultrasound
Baby’s enjoying his or her new sense of balance. Yep, your fetus of 25 weeks is now learning what’s up and down. Baby grows more fat and more hair too in the arena of 25 weeks of fetal development! It is unlikely that at 25 weeks pregnant you will get an ultrasound unless your doctor has ordered additional baby monitoring. If you haven’t already, you’ll see the OB once this month. Your visits will be bumped up to every two weeks from week 28.
ICYMI, the glucose screening test will take place between weeks 24 and 28. So make sure you have an appointment set if you haven’t gone yet. Your doctor may ask you not to eat a few hours in advance and then drink a sugar solution. Your blood is drawn to see how sugar is processed by your body. This test may rule out gestational diabetes or raise a red flag, which would result in your doctor ordering further testing.
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