At 25 weeks pregnant, your baby and your pregnancy are well and truly growing from strength to strength as your baby undoubtedly recognizes your voice. Your belly will have grown significantly over the last few weeks and you may now find it a difficult task to sleep comfortably as you reach 105 days until your due date. Your baby will measure 1.5 pounds when you are 25 weeks pregnant, measuring around 13.6 inches in length.
The Development of Your Baby at 25 Weeks
Once your pregnancy reaches the 25-week stage, your baby’s hearing will be more precise and he or she will be able to recognize your voice quite readily. To enhance your baby’s hearing further and build an effective and established bond with your bump, talk and sing to your baby regularly. Additionally, encourage family members and friends to talk and sing to your bump to help them feel involved in your pregnancy and to help promote connections and bonds. A further way to hone-in on your baby’s developmental hearing is to play relaxing music or lullabies around you so that your baby can listen and absorb the melodies. Playing the same songs at varying intervals of the pregnancy may be an effective method to help your baby recognize other sounds.
At 25-weeks, your baby will be developing fat deposits to ensure that he or she will be warm once they are born and out of the womb. Of course, this additionally helps contribute towards your baby looking chubbier and cuter! The additional fat deposits also contribute to helping the skin look less wrinkly and also less opaque, appearing pinker in color due to the formation of tiny blood vessels which form at around this stage. A further development stage at 25 weeks is the ability of your baby to stick out their tongue!
Your Pregnancy at 25 Weeks
At 25 weeks pregnant you may feel uncomfortable when trying to get to sleep due to the size of your belly and the movements of your baby. However, sleep problems may worsen through added insomnia, a common side effect of pregnancy at this stage in many women. Before trying to get to sleep, take a relaxing bath with soothing oils and lotions, whilst snuggling up to a special pregnancy pillow which is designed to help you get comfortable so that you can sleep well.
An additional side effect of pregnancy at 25 weeks is heartburn due to the pressure of your baby crowning your digestive system. To try to address this side effect, aim to avoid food which triggers the feeling of heartburn. It may be possible for you to take antacids if the level of heartburn you experience is severe, although you should always check with your doctor before taking any medication whilst pregnant. This pressure from your baby may also result in an increase in urination due to added pressure across your bladder.
Further side effects of pregnancy at 25 weeks may be clumsiness due to your center of gravity changing as your baby grows bigger and bigger. You may also feel lightheaded or dizzy, although this could be a sign that you are pushing yourself too hard and that you need to start making things easier for yourself, for example, through carrying out gentle swimming and prenatal yoga sessions instead of your standard gym session. An additional side effect of pregnancy at 25 weeks is pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition where your hands feel tingly or where your grip is not as strong as it usually is as a result of a squashed nerve in the wrist. A series of exercises may be helpful to rectify this and stretch the nerve, or you could try wearing a wrist splint.
At the 25 week stage, carry out full preparations for the remainder of your pregnancy, beginning with determining what type of birth you would like to have, attending a birth class to gain some ideas and important information. You will be provided with information regarding the labor and the delivery process, helping you to input vital factors into your birthing plan. You should also determine whether you aim to breastfeed or bottlefeed once your baby is born and acquire all of the necessary information. If you aim to breastfeed, then search for the perfect nursing bra and nipple cream, or you could consider a combination of breastfeeding and pumping. You may wish to search for the perfect breast pump, for example, if you are considering a combination or if you are planning to breastfeed yet return quickly to work. Alternatively, you may consider bottle feeding and so vital research surrounding which bottles and which formula to use should be carried out. It is advisable, however, to research all forms of feeding at this stage of your pregnancy so that you are fully informed and so that you can fully decide which method is right for you and your baby once your baby arrives.
Weight Gain at 25 Weeks
Every woman gains weight during their pregnancy, particularly at the 25-week stage. A healthy snack late at night which contains lots of potassium is a banana; why not blend two bananas and a handful of ice cream for a late-night treat?!
Throughout the entire pregnancy, you can expect to gain at least 25 pounds and up to 35 pounds in weight, which averages to around one pound per week of weight gain during the second trimester and the third trimester. If you gain 30 pounds, for example, during your pregnancy, then around 7.5 pounds will be made from the weight of your baby and 1.5 pounds from the weight of your placenta. Around 4 pounds will result from an increase in fluids and around 2 pounds in an increased uterus, whilst around 2 pounds will come from an increase in breast tissue. Finally, around 4 pounds of weight gain will result from an increased volume of blood, 2 pounds from amniotic fluid, and around 7 pounds from maternal fat, protein, and additional nutrients.
Importantly, if discussing your weight is a triggering factor for you personally, it is fine to ask your doctor or healthcare practitioner to not reveal your weight numbers, only alerting you to any concerns.