Your Guide to Being 25 Weeks Pregnant:
How do you feel in week 25 of your pregnancy?
The cortex (outer layer) of your baby’s brain is developing into layers, paving the way for sophisticated brain activity like thinking, feeling and planning in years to come. Her eyes are fully functional, and she may blink as a reflex reaction to a loud or sudden noise. Studies have also shown that an unborn baby will turn her head if a light is shone onto the mum’s abdomen, proving that her optic nerve is now working.
Your baby’s lungs are maturing by the day and she’s making breathing motions, although if she was born before 37 weeks, it’s likely she’d need help to breathe. Her sense of smell is developing, too – one study showed that babies whose mums ate lots of garlic responded more strongly to the smell after the birth. Tiny blood vessels called capillaries are now developing beneath the surface of your baby’s skin, which will give her skin its pink colour.
What’s happening to you
Your uterus is now the size of a football, and contains almost a pint of amniotic fluid. You may be feeling as if your organs are getting squashed by your baby’s growth, and find it difficult to breathe deeply and eat large meals. Your baby’s movements are likely to be strong, too, and while they’re always reassuring, it’s normal to find them uncomfortable and even intrusive at times (especially at 3am…).
You may be feeling less mobile now, with an achy back and hips and that trademark pregnancy waddle. Pay attention to your posture, standing tall and sitting straight with your feet flat on the floor, avoid heavy lifting and try to take gentle exercise ? swimming is particularly good for easing aches and pains.
As your baby gets heavier, you might leak small amounts of urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh or run, thanks to her weight on your bladder. Doing pelvic floor exercises every day will help prevent incontinence before and after the birth.
When to check it out
If you’re not sure whether you’re leaking wee or waters, put on a maternity pad and consult your midwife or maternity unit. As a rule, amniotic fluid tends to be clearer than urine, and has a distinctive sweet smell.
Wow! Did you know
Scans at this stage have shown that babies appear to smile and cry in the womb, although the jury’s out on whether these are genuine expressions of emotion or just instinctive muscle movements.