Hormonal changes may affect the thickness, colour and texture of your hair. Enjoy it if you do grow full, lustrous locks! The extra hair usually sheds after you have given birth.
While you’re still feeling pretty energetic, you’re probably also starting to feel weighed down by your bigger-by-the-day baby. Your 25 weeks pregnant symptoms may include:
- Trouble sleeping Maybe you can’t sleep because you’re getting nervous about delivery, or maybe it’s your haywire hormones—or just your big belly getting in the way. Experiment with different strategies for getting some sleep. One idea is to drink extra water early in the day, so you can start tapering off your intake as you get closer to bedtime. That way, you might need fewer bathroom breaks during the night.
- Frequent urination Now that baby’s crowding your bladder, you’ve got to pee. A lot.
- Constipation Exercising (it’s as simple as taking regular walks), drinking lots of water, and eating plenty of fiber-rich foods can help you stay, well… regular.
- Hemorrhoids We can’t sympathize enough about these swollen varicose anal veins. Hemorrhoids are common in the second half of pregnancy because baby is putting a ton of pressure on your digestive tract. And the constipation certainly isn’t helping. Getting the constipation under control will help prevent straining while you go to the bathroom and hopefully will prevent future swelling and discomfort.
- Gas and bloating Your hormones are slowing down digestion, creating excess gas.
- Heartburn Add this to your list of tummy troubles. Baby is pushing on your digestive tract, which can, in turn, push stomach acid up your esophagus and cause painful burning. Most antacids should be safe during pregnancy (but always check with your doctor!) and also contain lots of calcium as an added bonus. Avoiding greasy and spicy foods can also help with heartburn, especially before bedtime.
- Braxton Hicks contractions Usually these little “practice contractions” show up around 28 weeks, but some moms-to-be notice them earlier than that. If you get them, you’ll notice your uterus get super hard and tight and then go back to normal. Luckily, Braxton Hicks contractions aren’t frequent and they don’t happen regularly. They’ll also go away if you switch positions. Real contractions, on the other hand, will happen repeatedly and will continue to get stronger and more frequent. If you’re worried your contractions are the real deal and not just practice, call the doctor right away. You could be going into preterm labor—some moms-to-be are more at risk for going into labor early, including those who are 25 weeks pregnant with twins—and sometimes preterm labor can be stopped if it’s caught early enough.
Development of Baby
Baby at 25 weeks is as big as a head of cauliflower, measuring 13.6 inches (35 cm) in length and weighing nearly 1.5 pounds (680 grams).
He or she is now learning which way is up and which is down. In the arena of 25 weeks fetal development, baby’s growing more fat and more hair too.
Although the growth in your baby’s length may seem to be slowing down, your baby will continue to develop and grow in other ways.
Her skin is still wrinkled, however, it will slowly begin to smooth out from here on.
You may not feel as graceful or energetic as before and it is wise to listen to your body before you commit to any exercise.
Avoid contact sports and doing exercise when you’re feeling overly tired. Stop exercising if you feel dizzy, short of breath or experience any pain.
Drink plenty of water, remember to warm up and cool down before and after exercise and take it easy at this time.
It’s not likely you’ll get an ultrasound at 25 weeks pregnant, unless your doctor has ordered extra monitoring for baby. You’ll see the OB once this month if you haven’t already. Starting at week 28, your visits will get bumped up to two per week.
ICYMI, the glucose challenge screening test will happen between weeks 24 and 28, so if you haven’t gone yet, make sure you have an appointment set. Your doctor may ask you to not eat for several hours beforehand (not so easy when you are 25 weeks pregnant) and then drink a sugary solution. Your blood will be drawn to see how your body’s processing sugar. This test can rule out gestational diabetes or raise a red flag, in which case your doctor would order further testing.