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25 weeks pregnant

When you are 25 weeks pregnant, your baby will be developing rapidly. You will have an appointment where your midwife measures your bump and performs other antenatal checks.

Week by week stages of pregnancy: week 25

You are now 25 weeks pregnant. Your baby is growing at a rate of almost 1cm a week and over the next five weeks they will put on about 300 grams, half as much as they weigh now. As the weeks of pregnancy go by now your baby will get bigger quite quickly and start laying down the weight so that if, as occasionally happens they are born prematurely, they have a good chance of a healthy life.

You will usually have your third antenatal check at 25 weeks if this is your first pregnancy, and then every three weeks until 34 weeks. Usually by 25 weeks of pregnancy, symptoms should have stabilised and you will have become familiar with your baby's movements. After 34 weeks, you will have a check every week until your baby is born. If this is not your first pregnancy, you will be offered an antenatal check at 28 weeks and 34 weeks, and then every two weeks of pregnancy. 

At the 25-week appointment, the midwife will check your urine and take your blood pressure. She may listen to the baby’s heartbeat to check it is normal. At this appointment, and at all the subsequent appointments, she will also measure the size of your bump. This is to just to check whether the baby is growing at a normal rate which is roughly 1-2cm every week.

This is a good opportunity to talk to your midwife about your birth plan and ask her any questions you have about your options. 

Think practically
Time is ticking along now and the weeks up until your birth will probably fly by so you should be thinking practically. Are you considering a water birth? If you plan to use water during labour and your local unit does not have a pool, or you are going to give birth at home, then you will need to hire your own pool. If your local maternity unit does have a pool, find out about using it during your birth by contacting them.

Are you planning to use a TENS during labour? Again if you are planning to use a TENS machine for pain relief in labour, you should book one now. By thinking practically and getting all these things sorted now you can relax knowing you are prepared.

Further help and information

NCT's helpline offers practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700. We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

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