Hello and welcome to Week 25! As we told you earlier, your baby is on a life mission right now – to grow and to get bigger! Let’s see what great things has this week brought for you!
Your baby is the size of a Cauliflower!
At 25 weeks, baby is as big as a head of cauliflower, measuring 13.6 inches in length and weighing nearly 1.5 pounds.
Baby is enjoying his or her new sense of equilibrium – yep, your 25-week fetus is now learning which way is up and which is down. In the realm of 25 weeks fetal development, baby’s growing more fat and more hair too!
Your baby’s skin is still thin, wrinkled, and pale, but the baby gets a bit plumper every day, thanks to the fat and muscle its very often adding. Right now tiny blood vessels called capillaries are starting to develop below your little one’s skin, and these will give it a pink hue.
The brain’s cortex is developing into elaborate layers. Most of the action is still controlled by other brain areas that developed much earlier. Later this week, blood vessels will also develop in your baby’s lungs, bringing them one step closer to full maturity – and one step closer to taking that first breath of fresh air.
Your Pregnant Belly
You’ve probably gained about 6 to 8 kg total so far. Are you 25 weeks pregnant with twins? For you it’s probably more like 11 to 15 kg.
When you’re 25 weeks pregnant, weight gain can be a source of anxiety. We know, we know, we’ve been telling you to gain slowly and steadily, but it’s also really common for the number on your scale to jump around during this time in the second trimester. Part of that may be due to the amount of water weight pregnant women put on in mid-pregnancy. And realistically, gaining the exact same amount of weight each week just isn’t going to happen – there are naturally going to be some fluctuations – your doctor just wants you to make healthy weight gain a goal so you and baby stay as healthy as possible. (And also so your third trimester isn’t miserable because you’re carrying around a lot of extra weight!)
So don’t sweat a few extra pounds, and keep up with your healthy eating and exercise. If your weight gain really is a problem, your doctor will let you know. Instead of stressing too much about your weight, focus on what’s going on inside that 25 weeks pregnant belly.
Fetal movement at 25 weeks has become more noticeable – and you’re probably noticing some patterns. When you’re feeling lots of kicks, baby’s awake, and when you’re not, he or she is likely snoozing. Regular movement is a sign of a healthy, active baby. If you haven’t felt baby move in a while and you want some reassurance that everything’s okay, 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 a few jabs.
While you’re still feeling pretty energetic, you’re probably also starting to feel weighed down by your bigger-by-the-day baby. Your uterus is now about the size of a soccer ball, so it’s natural that your organs are feeling squished. Measuring from your pubic bone up to halfway between your belly button and your sternum, your uterus is about 25 centimeters in diameter.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common during pregnancy, and they may be caused or aggravated by not urinating promptly or completely. One sign of a UTI is a need to urinate frequently. Another is a feeling of urgency – like you really need to go – but nothing happens. You may feel burning or pain when you urinate, or your urine may have an unpleasant odor. If you have these symptoms, call your doctor right away. UTIs are easily cured but can cause very serious complications if left untreated during pregnancy.
Your hormones are slowing down digestion, creating excess gas. Therefore, You might experience gas & bloating.
Baby is pushing on your digestive tract, which can, in turn, push stomach acid up your esophagus and cause painful burning. Most antacids should be safe during pregnancy (but always check with your doctor!) and also contain lots of calcium as an added bonus. Avoiding greasy and spicy foods can also help with heartburn, especially before bedtime.
Your Week 25 Checklist!
- Get a glucose screening test to look for signs of gestational diabetes.
- Be on the lookout for signs of urinary tract infections, which are common during pregnancy.
Present content is not a medical advise nor should it be substituted for one. Please consult a certified medical professional for medical consultation.