What to Expect when You’re 25 Weeks Pregnant
By pregnancy week 25, your baby will weigh approximately a pound and a half and measure thirteen inches long. The nostrils will open and baby will begin to ‘practice’ breathing. It’s amniotic fluid, not air, but the skills are being developed ready for birth.
And, that’s not all your baby’s practicing. At this stage of pregnancy, baby will be even more active and you will probably be able to see your belly roll as he or she practices flipping and somersaulting!
Common Symptoms at 25 Weeks Pregnant
The symptom of pregnancy that often kicks in at around 25 weeks is hemorrhoids. The combination of your uterus growing and putting pressure on your rectum and increased blood flow can cause your veins to become swollen and itchy. It’s uncomfortable and painful but, rest assured, more than half of women experience this symptom pregnancy.
Do everything you can to prevent constipation as this will make the hemorrhoids more painful. Drink plenty of fluid and eat high fiber foods throughout the day.
For many women, 25 weeks pregnant is when the cravings REALLY start! You may be finding it harder to resist snacking on sugar – think of these cravings as a message from your baby that he or she needs more fuel for growth. Snack on something nutritious and packed with slow release energy!
If you avoid binge eating and keeping active right through your term, you’ll find that exercise after pregnancy is much easier and that you have lots more energy to tend to your baby! In the short term, it’ll also help you to avoid nasty pregnancy symptoms like indigestion, constipation, and even gestational diabetes.
To Do List
If you haven’t already, now’s a great time to start formalizing and writing down your birth plan – do not leave this to the last minute! You may deliver well before the date on your pregnancy due date calendar and there’s rather a lot to think about:
- Home birth or hospital?
- Family birth partner or professional doula services?
- Natural or pain relief?
- What are the steps you’ll take in a crisis situation?
Your midwife will help you and your partner through these, and many other, decisions so that you’ll have your wishes recorded for anyone who becomes involved in your delivery.
Remember to take some time to just “be a couple” with your partner (you’ll have way less time for it in about 15 weeks time!!!). Chill out on the couch and watch a movie, go out for dinner or take a long romantic walk. You could even book a weekend vacation together!
It’s virtually impossible to plan for baby birth and have everything go exactly to plan – there are so many things beyond your control! But, you can make informed decisions and have a written plan for your wishes in different situations. This guide to creating a birth plan will let you know what the options are and help you make choices that will suit you and your partner.
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