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25 Weeks Pregnant

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Image: Fetal Development At 25 Weeks

Wow, your womb is about the size of a football now! Baby’s weight is about 1.5 pounds and gaining every day. Crown to rump she measures about 8.8 inches. But don’t worry if she doesn’t quite match the averages – all babies vary slightly.

This is the week that your little one receives legal classification as a baby rather than a foetus. Babies born at this stage can survive, but they require much intensive care. Thankfully modern techniques are improving all the time so more and more premature babies are pulling through.

Your little one’s heartbeat can be heard with both a stethoscope and a Doppler now, and if you’re lucky your partner may even be able to hear the heartbeat by simply putting his ear on the right place on your belly!

Little by little, baby’s skin is becoming less transparent. Most of the key organs are formed and in place. Completion of sex differentiation is happening now. If it’s a boy, the testes are beginning to descend into the scrotum. In girls, the vagina is being shaped.

Baby is gaining more and more control of her movements and can even make a fist! Soon she will be able to hold her own feet. Wow. This is also the time that babies begin to favour either their left or right hand. Little ones also begin to fall into their own rhythms of activity and sleep, which you may start to notice. Here’s hoping she isn’t looking for a party at 3am too often!

If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to invest in some breast pads. You’ll find that your boobs are starting to leak colostrum (the nutrient-rich liquid that will feed your baby for a few days immediately after birth). So avoid wearing dark clothes (these make the leaking far more visible than light fabrics) and stay prepared with a stack of pads in your handbag. Remarkably, this leaking will sometimes be made worse if you’re a bit upset or you hear a crying baby. Clever boobies!

I’m noticing varicose veins in my legs…help!
Sadly, varicose veins are a common side effect of pregnancy. They’re basically swollen veins and show up most frequently in the legs. Some women even get varicose veins in the vulva (vaginal opening) – but don’t worry, these usually go away after pregnancy.

What can I do to prevent varicose veins?
Thankfully, there are ways to reduce the risk of varicose veins:

  • Try not to stand for long at a time.
  • Exercise every day if it’s safe for you to do so (for example swimming or walking)
  • Sleep with your legs slightly elevated (you can raise the foot of your bed or put pillows underneath your ankles)
  • Give maternity support tights a go. Okay, so they may not be your most elegant fashion purchase this year but definitely worth a try. You can find them at most chemists. When you put them on, roll them upwards from the ankle. This maximises the support.

Possible Scan at Week 25
A Sexing Scan (also sometimes called a Gender Identification Scan) can be performed to find out the sex of your baby at this stage.

The baby will also be measured and your medical professional will assess his or her wellbeing. Sexing scans are highly reliable but can be more difficult if a woman is very overweight, or if the baby is in an unfavourable position.

Gender Scan or Sexing Scan

Gender Scan (Boy) Picture (Click image to enlarge)

Generally, if a healthcare professional is unsure about the sex of your baby they won’t guess. But thankfully it’s very unusual to be unable to determine the sex of the baby.