When you reach 25 weeks pregnant, you are just two steps away from entering the last trimester of pregnancy.
You've made it more than halfway with vitality and being fully committed, and you should keep that attitude for the rest of your pregnancy journey. And if you have a bad day in which side effects are tearing you down, don't forget to look at your precious bump. (It shouldn't be hard to see!) Your baby is going through all of this with you and he can't wait to be out... to meet you!
Meanwhile, hang in there by getting to know all the 'secrets' that await you in pregnancy week 25. Let's get started.
25 weeks pregnant: Gasping for breath
What's your baby doing by week 25? Pregnancy is a box of surprises for both you and your future munchkin, who doesn't stop achieving new and exciting milestones. When you are 25 weeks pregnant, the foetus is experiencing such noticeable growth, especially if we compare it to the rhythm at which he grew in earlier stages of your pregnancy. The little one isn't so 'little' anymore, as he now measures 9 inches and weighs about 1.5 pounds. He's definitely sprinting to prepare himself for his big entrance into the world. This process requires a lot of exploration and learning new basic tricks, like breathing. Right now, he's optimizing his lungs, where blood vessels are already being formed, to be able to take his first breath!
Other milestones your foetus will accomplish at pregnancy week 25 include:
- His skin is turning reddish, due to blood vessels forming under the baby's skin.
- Opening nostrils, which had remained plugged up until now
- His hair, in case he has it, is growing much faster. It is also possible to identify its texture and colour
- Hearing improvement, which allows him to discern your voice
- He is adopting reflexes
25 weeks pregnant: Watch out for those hemorrhoids
How are you feeling? At 25 weeks pregnant, you are at a point where you need to keep your guard up and watch out for anything wrong. You've been facing many symptoms throughout your pregnancy, but these keep changing as you advance (due to the pressure of the growing uterus). Currently, don't be surprised if you are 'attacked' by haemorrhoids, swollen veins that show up in your rectal area and that may cause extreme discomfort when sitting. Also, rectal bleeding can come along with them, so be aware of it. Try to have a heating pad at hand to soothe the pain.
From CaptainMums, we don't want to scare you, but at 25 weeks pregnant you could also suffer from additional side effects. Check out the most common ones:
- Constipation: do you feel bloated? Don't worry, it's very normal! Having a growing uterus may restrict bowel movements, so expect to be extra gassy.
- Heartburn: it may ruin some of your favourite meals. You'll feel the acid either on your stomach or going up through your oesophagus. Avoiding big portions of food and taking time to relax and digest after eating are good bits of advice.
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS): your legs may feel tingly and you may have to move them in order to find some relief. This affliction has been related to iron-deficiency.
- Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD): A painful pelvis can be a sign of SPD, caused by the relaxation of the ligaments around the area. If it gets bad, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist.
- Lustrous hair: pregnancy hormones prevent hair loss, so you may notice it growing in thicker.
If you haven't chosen a name for your future munchkin yet, this is a good time to do it. Have a nice and relaxed conversation with your partner, looking for the best option. If it gets too hard because you are considering a few, make a final selection with your favourite ones. You can set a special day in the calendar when you want to make your decision.
25 weeks pregnant: Checking on you
If this is the first time that you are pregnant, you'll have another antenatal appointment by week 25. The goal of such is to check on the current size of your uterus (the doctor will take measurements of it). Also, you'll get a blood pressure test and another to look for protein levels in your urine.
As a 25 weeks pregnant lady, you are experienced enough to know your limits and to judge how your body is feeling at this point. Don't make extra physical efforts that could be pernicious for both you and the baby. That doesn't mean that you have to embrace a sedentary lifestyle either, because the blood pressure levels in your body may be high and regular activity is necessary to keep you healthy!