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25 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

25 Weeks Pregnant

25 Weeks Pregnant
25 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is 13.6 inches long and weighs 1.5 pounds this week. That’s about the size of a TI-89 calculator.

Your Baby at 25 Weeks

  • Listening in: Your baby is listening and now recognizes the sound of your voice! Wondering if you should play music for your baby? There’s some evidence that babies can recognize simple melodies that they hear regularly when in utero, but putting headphones on your belly is a not necessary, and some say it’s a total no-no.
  • Baby fat: This week your baby is working on getting cuter by getting chubbier, putting down fat deposits to help them stay warm once they’re born.
  • Baby skin: The extra fat will help the skin get more opaque and less wrinkly. Plus, baby skin is getting pinker now that tiny blood vessels have formed.
  • New trick: In other fetal development news, your baby can now stick out their tongue 😛

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 25

Photo by Tommy’s

Pregnancy Symptoms at 25 Weeks

  • Trouble sleeping: Pregnancy insomnia affects over 75% of women at some point. Can’t sleep? Try a warm bath before bed, a mindfulness app and regular exercise—and spring for a pregnancy pillow to lie more comfortably on your side.
  • Heartburn: Baby’s crowding your digestive system, so heartburn may keep cropping up for the rest of pregnancy. Try to resist the foods you find causes it—maybe spicy or fried dishes. And check any antacids with the doc before you take them.
  • Frequent urge to pee: The baby’s putting pressure on your bladder, likely increasing your trips to the bathroom.
  • Clumsiness: It’s not your imagination. As your baby grows, your center of gravity is changing. Plus, you may have moments of lightheadedness or dizziness. This may mean your workout routine needs a safety revamp, if you’re still doing higher-intensity workouts. Swimming, prenatal yoga and walks are great exercise.

Pregnancy and Carpal Tunnel 411

If your hands sometimes feel numb or tingly or you’re having trouble with your grip, you may have pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel syndrome. It happens when an important nerve in the wrist gets squished by pregnancy swelling.

To cope, take breaks from repetitive hand or wrist movements, wear a wrist splint at night or try some exercises to stretch and strengthen your wrist muscles. It usually goes away after birth, but could linger if you breastfeed. If you have severe or constant carpal tunnel symptoms, you may need to see a hand specialist for further treatment.

What to Know About Gestational Diabetes

You’re getting glucose challenge test and perhaps further testing for gestational diabetes this month. So what if you have it? Getting diagnosed with gestational diabetes can feel scary, but you’ve got this. Empower yourself by learning—from your doctor and maybe a registered dietician—how to manage your condition. This includes eating healthfully, exercising and monitoring your blood sugar. Some women need to take insulin as well. You’ll also get more frequent check-ups, so your healthcare provider can keep close tabs on your baby’s well-being.

💛 Congratulations 💛

There are only 105 days until your due date!

So, What’s a Birth Doula?

Want someone by your side who knows all about childbirth and can help you through it? You can hire a birth doula.

It’s totally optional, of course, but a birth doula is an experienced, trained pro, who can help you feel more comfortable and offer suggestions to you and your partner during labor. For example, positions or techniques that can ease pain. They can also help you make informed decisions—you might be surprised how many of them you have to make on delivery day.

A partner can help with moral support, of course. An OB or midwife can do the clinical stuff. And a doula can sort of bridge the gap. Pregnant women who plan to have an unmedicated childbirth tend to be more likely to hire a doula, but “no meds” is not a requirement.

Also, there are postpartum doulas too. These after-birth pros come to your home and help you care for the baby and yourself as you’re recovering and adjusting to life with a newborn.

Your 25 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Your soccer-ball sized uterus now tops out about midway between your sternum and belly button. Weight gain should continue at rate of about a pound per week. But if you happen to have a week or two where it’s a little more than that, don’t let it stress you out. Many women gain a bit of extra water weight in the second trimester that could make the scale jump a bit.

Top Tip at 25 Weeks Pregnant

Growing babies takes calories. Please don’t count them. You need an extra 340 calories (which is basically second breakfast) a day once you hit the second trimester, and an extra 450 calories per day (think: a pretty well-stocked smoothie or a chicken sandwich) during the third trimester.

What’s Going on With Pregnancy Weight Gain

It will come as no surprise that you’re gaining weight. But how much weight should you gain during pregnancy?

An average-weight woman should gain between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy, and an overweight woman should gain between 15 and 25 pounds. Throughout the second and third trimester, most pregnant women gain about a pound a week. That sounds like a lot, but this is not a time to watch the scale too closely.

Where does all that weight go? For 30 pounds of weight gain, it breaks down into:

7.5 lbs Baby
1.5 lbs Placenta
4 lbs Increased Fluids
2 lbs Increased Uterus
2 lbs Increased Breast Tissue
4 lbs Increased Blood Volume
7 lbs Maternal fat, protein and other nutrients
2 lbs Amniotic Fluid

(That data is from the American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians.)

To many women, 30 pounds sounds scary, but looking at that chart, it’s only seven pounds of “maternal fat, protein and other nutrients”—and it’s all going toward growing baby.

If you are worried about gaining too much or too little, talk to your health care provider, but generally try not to sweat it.

Here’s our guide to healthy eating during pregnancy to stay on top of your weight-gain goals.

Baby Bumps at 25 Weeks Pregnant

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Partner Tip

If she’s stressing about weight gain, remind her that she’s beautiful and making this baby.

Real Mom Story

realmomstory tipatipati 25weeks

We love this story from real mama @tipatipati.

I don’t think I’ve ever checked myself out nude as much as I have this pregnancy. This is likely the last time I’ll be pregnant and I’m taking it all in. Even though it’s my second go round, I’m still moved by the way a woman’s body can transform.

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