When you're 25 weeks pregnant, your baby is establishing a “play” and nap routine. He sleeps between 12 and 14 hours a day, and does acrobatics during the rest of the time. How big is a baby at 25 weeks? Head to heels, your baby size is 13 1/2 inches, and baby weight is 1 1/2 pounds. The good news? He’s now in the process of bulking up, and soon he’ll be changing his long, lean look for some baby fat. There’s some bad news as well: during week 25, hemorrhoids may kick in — so get ready for some serious swearing! Keep reading and you'll find out what to expect at 25 weeks pregnant.
Have you looked in the mirror lately? You’ll probably notice that your hair is shinier and more lustrous than ever before — thanks to hormonal changes in your body, you’re not shedding anymore. Enjoy the fullness while you can — once your baby hits the outside world, you’ll be shedding all the extra hairs (post-partum hair loss).
Your growing tummy is probably making it quite difficult to move around as gracefully as before. As your center of gravity shifts, you may feel quite unsteady on your feet.
Dizzinessis also very common at this point, so you’ll want to lie down whenever you feel like your head is spinning. If you’re working out and suddenly feel dizzy, mention this to your doctor or midwife, as this is a sign of anemia. Supplementing your diet with iron will help you overcome this condition.
At 24 to 28 weeks, most pregnant women have their glucose screening. If you’re planning to have yours this week, bear in mind that your caregiver might take a second tube of blood to check for anemia. Doing is actually advisable, as it will help identify the condition right on the spot, and allow you to prepare yourself in case you experience weariness.
So how is your baby doing during week 25? With his arms and hands fully developed, he can now make a fist and even hold her feet! He measures around 13 1/2 inches, and weighs about 1 1/2 pounds — not much more than a spaghetti squash. Your little one is in the process of pilling on some baby fat, and soon his wrinkly skin will smoothen out. It won’t be long until he’ll look just like a newborn! His skin is also turning pinker as a result of capillaries forming underneath.
Amazingly, his hair is now growing as well — real hair, not just lanugo. If you could take a peek inside your uterus, you’d be able to distinguish its color and pattern. The baby’s lungs are maturing and developing surfactant, a substance that will help him expand with oxygen after delivery. At this point, however, the lungs are insufficiently developed, so he’s got some growing to do before he can take his first breath as a newborn!
Ultrasound Images of 25 Week Pregnancy
Bellies at 25 Weeks
If you haven’t had your glucose screening yet, then week 25 may be just the perfect time for one. It’s also an ideal moment for your midwife to talk you through a birth plan, and help you decide the type of delivery you’d like. If you haven’t written up your birth plan yet, this week will be the perfect time for you to write it. It’s important that your partner has a copy too, so he’s aware of the type of delivery you aim for, as well as pain relief methods and best positions to deliver in.
Tip of the week: start shopping for an infant car seat. You’ll use this seat to bring your baby home from the hospital, so get to know various models and ask around to see what your best options are.