25 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
- Get a glucose screening test to look for signs of gestational diabetes
- Be on the lookout for signs of urinary tract infections, which are common during pregnancy
- Plan your maternity leave
Your Baby’s Development
You may notice that your baby has resting and alert periods. You’ll notice fetal activity more readily when you are still or relaxing. Your baby’s hearing has continued to develop too — he or she may now be able to hear your voice!
Watch Your Baby GrowPregnancy can cause some unpleasant side effects when it comes to digestion. Not only does the hormone progesterone slow the emptying of the stomach — it also relaxes the valve at the entrance to the stomach so that it doesn’t close properly. This lets acidic stomach contents move upward into the esophagus. The result: reflux (also known as heartburn) that can make eating your favorite meals a nightmare.
The expanding uterus puts additional pressure on the stomach in the last few months of pregnancy. Try eating smaller, more frequent meals, and avoid spicy and fatty foods.
Pregnancy symptoms at 25 weeks
You may feel the need to put your feet up a bit more often now. Even though tiredness may be making a comeback, try to stay active. Swimming is great exercise as your bump gets bigger. The water supports your weight and your stretching ligaments, and swimming gently and safely exercises your whole body.
Check out your local pool for aquanatal classes. Joining a class is a great motivator and you’ll meet other mums-to-be as well.
Try not to do any exercise too close to bedtime, though. Being active in the evening can make it harder for you to wind down. Gentle stretches are fine, but getting on the exercise bike is more likely to wake you up!
Speaking of getting to sleep, your growing bump may be making it hard for you to get into a comfortable position. It’s recommended that you sleep on your side rather than your back from the second trimester. By the third trimester – just a few weeks away – sleeping on your side reduces the risk of stillbirth compared to sleeping on your back. You could use pillows as wedges to support your bump in bed. Read more about sleep in your second trimester.
What you need to know
To help strengthen your back and pelvic floor, why not join a pilates class? Try to find a class that’s run by an experienced instructor for pregnant women.
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Try to keep to a healthy eating plan. Your baby’s nutritional demands are highest in the last three months of your pregnancy.
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