Pregnancy Week by Week

What to Expect in Your 25th Week

You're 25 weeks pregnant -- only two more weeks until you are in your third trimester.
 
During this week of your pregnancy, your developing baby now measures about 8.8 inches and weighs about 1 pound, 8 ounces. The following changes have taken place in your baby:
 
  • The structure of the spine begins to form
  • The body is beginning to become plump
  • Taste buds are forming
  • The hands are fully developed
  • The nostrils are beginning to open.
     
When you're 25 weeks pregnant, you may experience:
 
  • Forceful movement inside your belly as your baby kicks, punches, and twists
  • Increased sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Vivid dreams while sleeping
  • Forgetfulness.
 
Become familiar with the symptoms of potential pre-term labor, such as:
 
  • Pelvic pressure (feels like the baby is pushing down)
  • Abdominal cramping (with or without diarrhea)
  • Increase or change in vaginal discharge
  • Contractions.
     
Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
 
(Click 25 Weeks Pregnant for more information.)
 

What to Expect in the 26th Week of Pregnancy

When you reach this point in your pregnancy, your baby will be about 9.2 inches long and will weigh around 2 pounds. Fetal developments taking place during week 26 of pregnancy include the following:
 
  • Your baby begins to make breathing movements (although there is no air in the lungs)
  • Your baby will respond to touch
  • Your baby is replacing the amniotic fluid every hour.
 
You may begin to feel Braxton Hicks contractions, which are normal. These contractions are painless, but feel similar to menstrual cramps, and happen at irregular intervals. Braxton Hicks contractions are your body's way of practicing for delivery and will help to tone your uterus for labor.
 
This is a good time to start thinking about where the baby will sleep in your home. If you plan on returning to work and have not yet thought about childcare options, you should start doing so now.
 
(Click 26 Weeks Pregnant for more information.)
 
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