How Many Months Pregnant Are You At 25 Weeks?
At 25 weeks, you are about five months and two weeks pregnant. You are in the second trimester of your pregnancy. By now, your baby starts to move frequently and may respond to touch or sound.
How Big Is Your Baby At 25 Weeks?
Baby Development At 25 Weeks
Here is how the organs are developing in this week:
|Body parts||Developmental stage|
|Skin||Fat is depositing under the skin layer|
|Nose (3)||Nostrils begin to open up|
|Reflexes (4)||The baby can respond to sound, touch, and light|
|Spine||Developing different parts|
|Lungs (5)||Breathing patterns are developed. It occurs 44 times/ minute. The alveoli start creating surfactant (6)|
|Kidneys||Start producing urine|
|Digestive system||Still developing|
The baby moves vigorously at this time and follows a sleep pattern, which indicates that the baby is healthy and doing fine inside the womb. The fetus is small and has plenty of space inside the uterus to move around, and can attain different birthing positions before coming into the optimal position.
What Symptoms Of Pregnancy Do You Experience In The 25th Week?
The common symptoms in this week include:
- Weight gain: The weight gain should be based on the BMI (8):
|BMI||Below 18.5||18.5 – 24.9||25 – 29.9||30 and Above|
|Weight gain (Pounds)||28-40||25-35||15-25||11-20|
- Trouble sleeping: Besides the bodily discomforts, frequent breaks to the bathroom during the night can disturb the sleep.
- Frequent urination: The pressure exerted by the growing uterus on the bladder increases the urge to urinate.
- Constipation: Progesterone relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract, which slows down the digestion process causing constipation.
- Hemorrhoids: Increased blood flow and constipation cause the veins in the rectal area to swell.
- Gas and bloating: Indigestion generates gas and makes you feel bloated.
- Heartburn: The growing uterus puts pressure on the stomach, which pushes the gastric acids up into the esophagus, causing heartburn.
- Back pain: The pressure exerted by the extra weight of the baby on the lower back can cause aches in the region.
- Fatigue: Since the body is working harder to nurture the baby, you’ll feel tired than usual.
- Edema: The water retention in the body causes swelling of hands and feet.
- Braxton Hicks contractions: You may experience irregular and less painful contractions that go away when you switch positions. The contractions are the body’s way of preparing for labor and delivery.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: A tingling effect is felt in the hands and wrist, due to the increased blood volume that exerts pressure on the nerves.
- Snoring: An increase in the blood flow to the mucous membranes can cause nasal congestion and make you snore.
- Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD): This is a condition where the ligaments and the muscles of the pelvic joints are stretched, causing pain in the pelvic area. Pelvic tilts and kegel exercises help strengthen the muscles of pelvic area (9).
- Restless leg syndrome (RLS): Also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease, this condition causes a tingling effect in the legs along with an uncontrollable urge to move them. A low ferritin level in the blood (hemoglobin <11 g/dl), low folate, history of RLS before conception, RLS during the previous pregnancy are a few common reasons for this syndrome (10).
In addition to these, you might experience certain emotional and physical changes in this week.
Changes In The Body At 25 Weeks Of Pregnancy
Here are some changes you might experience during this week of pregnancy:
- The belly grows and seems a little protruded by this week.
- The breasts grow in size, and the areola gets darker.
- The skin stretches due to the growing uterus, leaving stretch marks.
- The linea nigra gets darker.
- The increase in hormonal levels makes the hair look fuller, shinier, and thicker.
- Mood swings due to hormonal fluctuations are common during this week.
- Anxiety about the upcoming labor and parenthood is also not uncommon in this phase.
When To Call The Doctor
In the case of any of the following symptoms, call your doctor right away (11):
- You experience contractions once in every 10 minutes or more, often within one hour (five or more contractions in an hour)
- Fluid leak from your vagina (rupture of the amniotic sac)
- Menstrual-like cramps
- Low, dull backache
- Pelvic pressure
- Abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea
- An unusual or sudden increase of vaginal discharge
- Vaginal bleeding
Even if the symptoms are normal, make sure you meet the doctor during the regular OB/GYN visit.
Your OB/GYN Visit
Here is what you can expect during your OB/GYN visit:
- Weight check
- Blood pressure
- Glucose tolerance test: If the glucose challenge test results are abnormal, the doctor would suggest the glucose tolerance test to measure the sugar level in the mother’s bloodstream.
For the glucose challenge test, blood is drawn an hour after you drink glucose water, and is checked for increased blood sugar levels. In case of a positive test result, a glucose tolerance test will be done. This requires overnight fasting and blood will be drawn before you break the fast and is tested for sugar levels.
This is followed by an hourly blood test for the next three hours. An abnormal test result is an indication of gestational diabetes (12).
The doctor would recommend a healthy, low-sugar diet to keep gestational diabetes, if you have it, in control. Otherwise, you can follow a healthy diet and lifestyle to keep yourself and your baby healthy.
Tips For Mom-to-be
Here are the tips to follow for a healthy pregnancy:
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Keep stress at bay.
- Eat home cooked food and include fish like salmon, pollock, anchovies, cod, shrimp, and catfish that are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Be sure to avoid tilefish, shark, swordfish and king mackerel that contain high levels of mercury.
- Take prenatal vitamin supplements like iron and folic acid.
- Avoid smoking, alcohol consumption as well as excess caffeine intake.
- Rest enough.
- Do moderate exercises like walking, pelvic floor strengthening, and stretching exercises, lower limb stretching exercises, and core muscle strengthening
- Start with breathing exercises, abdominal breathing pattern, and diaphragmatic breathing to reduce shortness of breath.
- Aquanatal exercises will be comfortable.
- Maintain oral hygiene to prevent any oral problems.
- Wear loose, breathable clothes.
- Do not take any medication without the doctor’s permission.
- Avoid cleaning cat litters to avoid toxoplasmosis.
- Avoid exposure to toxic chemicals.
- Carry fruits and snacks to the office and eat them between breaks.
- Spend time with family and friends.
- Search for baby names.
- Read books and participate in activities that make you happy.
Tips For Dad-to-be
Here’s what your partner can do:
- Create a pleasant environment at your home.
- Help you with the daily household chores.
- Accompany you to your prenatal visits.
- Can help in massaging upper back and legs.
- Go for maternal shopping.
- Plan a day out for a change and relaxed time together.
- Give you a good neck and foot massage.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can babies in the womb get scared?
It is not known if babies experience fear or feel scared inside the womb. Nevertheless, babies may get startled or feel discomfort due to loud noises by 26 weeks of pregnancy (13).
2. Is 25 weeks early pregnancy?
No, by 25 weeks, you are in the middle stages of your pregnancy, where your early pregnancy signs, such as nausea, may begin to reduce (14).
At 25 weeks pregnant, you may notice a little protrusion of belly, increased breast size, and thicker hair. Your baby’s brain, lungs, and digestive system develop while kidneys start producing urine. Gastrointestinal disturbances, swelling of hands and feet, mild contractions, and other issues may occur, and you may face problems with sleep, frequent urination, and constipation. Bodyweight, blood pressure, and glucose tolerance tests are usually in the prenatal check-up. Make sure to stay hydrated, follow a healthy lifestyle, and seek medical help if you encounter vaginal discharge, stomach cramps, or pelvic pressure.
- Your Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy.
- Fetal Development.
- Your pregnancy: weeks 25 to 27.
- 25 weeks pregnant.
- Prenatal Summary.
- PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK.
- Pregnancy week-by-week.
- Weight Gain During Pregnancy.
- Pelvic girdle pain and pregnancy.
- R. Gupta et. al (2015); Restless legs syndrome and pregnancy: prevalence, possible pathophysiological mechanisms and treatment.
- Premature Labor.
- Glucose screening tests during pregnancy.
- Bonding with your baby during pregnancy.
- Second trimester.