Your baby’s now the size of a cauliflower and is starting to accumulate a layer of fat. Your uterus keeps growing, and you may be experiencing the Restless Leg Syndrome and shortness of breath.
25 Weeks Pregnant – Fetus
Your baby is growing fast, now measuring 11.8 inches/ 30 cm head to heels, the size of an cauliflower – that’s some size! At week 25, the little body is still lean, weighing about 676 grams/1.5 lb, but the baby will triple his weight in the last weeks of pregnancy. He is also starting to accumulate a layer of fat that will help keep him warm after birth. This means that the delicate, wrinkled skin will soon start looking more smooth and pink. Your baby’s hair is losing its whitish hue and is beginning to show its future color. The tiny hands are stronger now, and the baby can not only suck his thumb, but even grasp the umbilical cord, which will do it no harm.
During this week, your baby will start practicing breathing, which means he can inhale and exhale amniotic fluid. While doing this, your baby may swallow tiny bits of vernix caseosa. This first “food” will form your baby’s first bowel movement. The sticky, dark poop is called meconium and you will see it in your baby’s first diapers.
25 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms
Out of breath? This happens because the growing uterus leaves less space for lungs. If you feel short of breath while walking or exercising, stop for a short rest.
The growing belly is also pushing on your digestive tract, which may cause some heartburn. Avoid fatty, spicy and acidic foods, and don’t eat heavy meals before bedtime.
Constipated? This is a common condition during pregnancy. The main reason for constipation while pregnant is increased production of the hormone progesterone. Progesterone relaxes certain muscles in your body, including the digestive tract, which causes the food to pass through the intestines more slowly, to makes sure the baby gets the most of those nutrients. Another reason is that the growing uterus is pressing on your rectum. Taking an iron supplement might make the condition worse, so ask your caregiver for a gentle supplement. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat foods rich in fiber. Try not to strain, as it tends to aggravate hemorrhoids, if you have them.
Feeling an irresistible urge to move or stretch your limbs? You may be experiencing what is called RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome), and it is not always confined to your legs. This condition usually occurs in the evening or late afternoon, usually when you’re lying down or sitting for long periods. The reason is still unknown, but RLS may be linked to iron and/or folate deficiency, or hormonal and/or circulatory changes, and seems to be hereditary. RLS comes and goes, and will pass away a short time after delivery.
Your legs may be cramping. For some women, it happens when they stretch in the morning. Others experience sudden cramps in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. Nothing to do but gently massage your leg, or ask your partner to do you the favor.
Feeling a constant urge to run to the bathroom? Frequent urination is a condition so common that it needs no explanation. Unfortunately, it will become worse as your uterus grows, increasing the pressure on your bladder. Some particularly well-aimed kicks from your little one may “help” as well.
25 Weeks Pregnant – Questions
Having a baby brings along a whole bunch of decisions you need to reach and choices to be made. And although delivery is still a few months away, you may want to decide where to have your baby now, and find out everything you need to know about the hospital you choose (that, if you decide to give birth in a hospital). How do you choose the best hospital for delivery and which questions should you ask the staff?
1. How to Choose Where to Give Birth?
You will deliver your baby at the hospital/s where your caregiver has admitting privileges. It means that when choosing a caregiver or midwife, you’ll likely be choosing the hospital where you will give birth. Before you do, make sure hospital policies suit your needs. If you are interested in a natural birth, choose a hospital that has a birth center and make sure your caregiver can deliver your baby in a birth center.
You can get this information by taking a tour of the hospital and contacting the hospital staff to ask for information, asking the caregiver you’re considering, ask friends who gave birth in that hospital or doulas who worked there. If the hospital maternity center has a website, you will probably find detailed information about hospital policies there.
2. Which Questions Should I Ask the Hospital Staff?
Here are some of the questions you may want to ask the hospital staff. You can probably think of some more.
- Can my partner stay with me in the room where I give birth, and how many people are allowed to stay with me during labor?
- What are the hospital policies about routine intravenous hydration, continuous electronic fetal monitoring , etc?
- Can my baby stay with me in my room around the clock?
- Are there private postpartum rooms and what’s the charge?
- Does the hospital offer lactation consultants to help me with breastfeeding?
- What’s the visitation policy?