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25 weeks pregnant: What to expect

Your baby at 25 weeks pregnant

Your baby is the size of an acorn squash (length: 12-13”; weight: 660grams).

All filled in. Baby’s skin is still thin, wrinkled and pale, but getting a bit plumper every day thanks to new fat and muscle. Tiny capillaries are starting to develop below your little one's skin, giving it a pinky hue.

Brain gain. The brain's cortex is developing into elaborate layers. Most of the action is still controlled by other brain areas that developed much earlier.

Your pregnancy at 25 weeks

Having a ball. Your uterus is now about the size of a football, so it’s natural that your organs are feeling squished. Measuring from your pubic bone up to halfway between your belly button and your sternum, your uterus is about 25 centimeters in diameter.

Diabetes check. Performed between 24 and 28 weeks, a glucose tolerance test looks for signs of gestational diabetes, a high blood sugar condition affecting two to five percent of pregnant women that usually goes away after birth. The test itself is simple: a few minutes after drinking a sugary drink, your blood is drawn and your sugar levels are tested. If your blood sugar is high, another blood glucose test is performed to determine if you have gestational diabetes. Treatment involves a special diet and, in a few cases, medication. This type of screening is standard now in most antenatal clinics.

Going on trips. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common during pregnancy, so make sure to visit the ladies’ room whenever you feel the need. A symptom of UTI is burning, pain or an unpleasant smell when you urinate. If you have these symptoms, speak to your midwife or GP as UTIs can become serious if left untreated during pregnancy.

Did you know? Blood vessels are developing in the lungs and the nostrils are opening, all preparing for baby’s first breath. Blood vessels are also developing under the skin, giving the baby a pink appearance.

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