25 Weeks Pregnant
Your Pregnancy Week by Week
Your Baby at 25 WeeksSize: 13.62 inches (34.6 cm) - crown to heel
Weight: 1.46 pound (660 grams)
Your baby is using these weeks to fine tune systems that have developed overall, and to pack on more body fat. Gaining weight at a rate of about ½ pound every week, your baby is growing steadily and practicing with muscles and movements that will sustain your little one outside the womb.
In previous weeks, your baby has completed the complex and delicate task of development. Complex networks of cells have formed tissue, organs and nerves that are essential to baby's health and survival. Coming weeks will allow these networks to fine-tune their function as baby packs on weight! Your baby's nostrils are open and his or her lungs are fully formed - but certainly not ready to function on their own. While life outside your belly would not be ideal at this time, all systems are in place.
Your baby's senses are developing nicely as he or she is able to distinguish between sweet and salty tastes. Your bundle can also make out sounds - including familiar voices, so don't hesitate to talk to your little one. If you are expecting a boy, his testicles will begin descending lower toward the scrotum, and little girls are already developing eggs inside their ovaries - enough for their lifetime.
Mom at 25 Weeks PregnantEssentially, expect more of the same. As your baby grows in the coming weeks he or she will make his sleep cycles more clear and you will notice more clear-cut times of activity for your baby. Most women notice movement more at night or when they first lie down to sleep. Kicks and movements will become more forceful, and you may even be able to see your belly move as your baby does. Remember to share these moments with your partner, or those around you. Until now, it may have been difficult to explain to others how carrying your baby feels - but as those movements can be felt by others, it becomes very exciting to be able to share what you are feeling.
Some of the symptoms you may have had in previous weeks and considered to be mild may intensify as your pregnancy progresses. Some of the most common difficulties experienced during this time include:
- Nasal stuffiness (thanks, hormones)
- Sleep difficulties from your growing belly
- Strange dreams
- Frequent urination
- Stretch marks
- Skin discoloration, tags or rashes
- Swollen feet and ankles
Assuming that you were of a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) before you conceived, it is normal to expect to gain about one pound per week right now. Every woman has one month where they may gain a bit more - many women report a leap of 6 or 7 pounds in some cases - but as long as this is a one-time event and you are taking care to eat right, and stay active, you should be on a healthy track for your baby.
Plan a date night. With only a few weeks left in your second trimester, you have come pretty far - but there's still much to go. With so much buzz surrounding baby, don't forget to take time for yourself and your partner. If you haven't done so lately, make sure to squeeze in a date or two because personal time may be harder to grab after delivery, or plan a weekend getaway - travel is easiest during your second trimester, so take this opportunity to spend time together.
Twin Time (Month 6):
For the mother of multiples, you can expect your babies to following similar trends to those of singles. Eyelids that were once fused are open, and while their overall weight may be somewhat smaller, these precious travelers are continuing to pack on the pounds in preparation for their arrival.