The pregnancy journey can be different for every woman and even vary from one pregnancy to another. But while there are many differences, there are a few things in common that you can expect during every week of your pregnancy. In our Pregnancy Week By Week guide, we help you understand what to expect, the common pregnancy symptoms, and the pregnancy checklist for each week. In this article, you’ll find everything you need to know about being 25 weeks pregnant:
25 weeks pregnancy symptoms
At 25 weeks pregnant, many women experience different pregnancy symptoms. Some of your earlier pregnancy symptoms may have disappeared and been replaced with the following symptoms:
- Sciatica (pelvic and lower back pain)
- Acid reflux
- Leg cramps
- Fatigue and sleeping issues
- Thick, shiny hair
- Swollen limbs
25 weeks pregnant belly
During your 25th week of pregnancy, your uterus is approximately the size of a soccer ball with your baby around 33 cm long and weighing almost 0.8 kg.
This week is very exciting inside your 25 weeks pregnant belly. At 25 weeks, your baby’s nose and nostrils start to function and breathe in amniotic fluid. During this week, your baby will start to practice taking breaths. Not only that, but the baby’s lungs have already begun to produce surfactant which will help your baby breathe after birth.
Another exciting development is the development of the sense of balance. During this week, your baby will start to understand the difference between up and down inside the uterus.
25 weeks pregnant checklist
- Focus on pelvic floor exercises to relieve your pelvic and lower back pain
- Consider different birthing options and speak to your OB to see your best option
- Think of baby names
- Start preparing your baby’s nursery
- Research and decide on pain management during pregnancy and get familiar with your options
- Sign up for parenting classes
- Get your baby shower registry organized
- Check with your doctor how much longer you can continue to work
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