25 weeks pregnant – I have a nocturnal baby in my belly!

25 weeks pregnant - nocturnal baby in my belly
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Our baby is really kicking now and responding to music as well, which is amazing. He is such an active boy! When I’m working during the day, he moves around to remind me that he’s still in my belly and when I sing to him it feels as if he is dancing to the music. Maybe he isn’t, but I like to think that he is.

Also, this baby is nocturnal! As soon as my head hits the pillow, he is kicking and hacking away at my insides – hubby and I think that he might come out before 9 December. We still can’t agree on names though – we have shortlisted a few names, but every time we ask other family members what they think, they shun the names away, saying that they’re rubbish or they’re too traditional… I think my advice would be to not ask other family members and go by what you want, otherwise, you’ll never pick one!

Hubby is really stressed out with this flat business at the moment. He keeps calling me during the day, demanding answers to legal questions like, “Which insurance would we need on the mortgage? Can you read this legal charge? Are they right to charge us this much in Solicitor’s fees!?” I wonder if we will complete by 22 September now – it seems to be taking everyone a long time to change names on the legal documents. I am determined to think positively about the whole process though. It’ll all get done in time, I’m sure…

I’m still waiting for strong cravings to hit me. I wonder whether this incredibly strong sweet tooth I’ve gained during this pregnancy is a craving or a product of my low energy (even though I am nowhere near as tired as I was in the first trimester.) My bump is growing nicely too. I definitely look pregnant and people are now offering me seats on the bus which is nice. I am now firmly part of the pregnancy group! 🙂

A fun fact – The baby weighs approximately 1.5 pounds and is about 13.7 inches long! S/he is growing fast

The Science Part

Your baby at 25 weeks

  • Your baby weighs the same as a cauliflower!
  • You are probably feeling your baby a bit more now. Touch and rub your belly now to remind your baby that you’re there
  • Can you see your baby’s hands and feet on your bump now?
  • You may be able to feel a few hiccups too!
  • Your baby is packing on the baby fat now
  • Their wrinkled skin is starting to smooth out
  • Your baby is also growing more hair.
  • Their senses are heightening too and they can see the difference between light and dark
  • They are also listening to you and the family when they are talking.

Your pregnancy signs and symptoms

  • Your uterus is now the size of a football, so you may be feeling strange when moving around.
  • Are you still getting leg cramps? Unfortunately, it’s a common side effect symptom. If cramps are happening at night, try taking a warm bath before bed.
  • Your ankles may be swelling, make sure you’re elevating your feet and avoid wearing tight shoes. If you have swelling in your face or hands, then check with your docotr.
  • You may be noticing thicker and glossier hair – thanks to your pregnancy hormones, your normally shedding hair is sticking around.
  • You may also have more hair on your face, breast and belly. Do a patch test on your skin before you shave, wax or remove your hair with cream as your skin is senstive during pregnancy.
  • Your hormones are all over the place, if you’re feeling down, loko after yourself and ask for help if you need it.

Your next steps

  • Pregnancy pilates can strengthen your back and pelvic floor – it’s super important to keep these strong for bright
  • Keep up the exercise as it will keep you healthy and it feels good too!
  • Keep up the fluids, especially drinking water.
  • Make sure you listen to your body and stop exercising if you feel dizzy. Speak to your GP if you are concerned.
  • Get the family to chat, read or sing to the baby, as it’s a great way to bond.
  • The combo of hormones and belly stretching may leave you feeling uncomfortable. Make sure to continue moisturising to prevent or reduce stretch marks and if have itchy skin, talk to your midwife/GP to rule out obstetric cholestasis.

Note:  These are just general ideas of how you and your baby are getting on. Don’t forget that every baby develops differently. If you are concerned about your baby’s development, please consult your doctor or midwife.

*Illustrations by Charlotte Watkins. 

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Leyla Preston (595 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 7. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/