25 Weeks Pregnant

25 Weeks Pregnant : What to Expect

If you haven’t gotten a glucose screening test done yet to check for temporary gestational diabetes, you may want to consider it. Your healthcare provider has probably recommended this test, as it’s usually done within weeks 24-28. Don’t be surprised if a second tube of blood is taken to check for anemia and a low iron level in your system.

Symptoms and Body Changes at 25 Weeks

As your baby’s hair grows, you’ll probably notice your hair growing too. Try to enjoy the long hair because once the baby is born, chances are it will fall out. Women 25 weeks pregnant should continue to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, which only leads to dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath and other pains. Don’t lie flat on your back. Hopefully you were practicing this in early stages of the pregnancy, so the transition (if you normally sleep on your back) shouldn’t be too tough. Your skin may be dry and itchy from all of the stretching, however if you use lotion to stay moisturized this could help relieve the symptoms. You may also notice your eyes are dry, and maybe even sensitive to light. Hot flashes are due to your metabolism, as well as the continued increase in hormone levels. If you are suffering from constipation, try eating more fiber and exercising routinely to help your bowels move easier.

Baby’s Development

At an amazing 13 ½ inches long and weighing just over 1 ½ lbs, your baby is growing like a little weed. Week 25 begins a significant change as your baby starts to plump up as fat builds under the skin. Although the growing rate will seem to slow down, your baby will continue to develop and grow in ways other than length. His or her skin still looks wrinkly, however it will slowly begin to smooth out from here on out. If you look closely at the ultrasound, you might be able to see what color their hair is as it continues to grow.


Pregnancy Week 25 Tips

Have you begun to think of baby names yet? This is a good time to choose one male and one female name, especially if you are choosing to wait until the birth to find out the gender. Ideas can come from family members, such as naming after an ancestor or using a common family name. Or you can also venture out on a limb and name your baby after the place they were conceived, or maybe from your favorite place of travel, or even after favorite literary or film characters. Write a list down with your partner and make a game out of it. This could be a fun, lighthearted time, especially as the third trimester approaches and new pregnancy pains and symptoms, as well as hormonal changes occur. Next is pregnancy at 26 weeks.

[Page updated February 2013]