My 25 Week Pregnant Belly: Bump Update (With Pictures)

My 25 Weeks Pregnant Belly Picture

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Starting Weight: 123lbs

Current Weight: 132lbs

Total Weight Gain:Β 9lbs

Now let’s go over how my week went and what to expect…

Energy Level: My energy level was normal this week. I felt very motivated to end the year healthy and strong!

Pregnancy symptoms: No new pregnancy symptoms this week.

Other Physical Changes: I feel like my baby bump finally popped this week! People at work are starting to notice my belly for the first time.

I also feel that my digestive system is noticeably slower, as I get full quickly. As a result, I need to eat smaller meals.

I still don’t have a linea nigra.

Diet: No new changes to my diet this week. I am still eating my pre-pregnancy meals and consuming my prenatal vitamins. My husband did take me out to a vegan Japanese restaurant for my birthday which was absolutely delicious! I never knew that vegetables could be so diverse!

Diet Modifications: No dietary modifications as of yet. I am still trying to drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet.

Food Aversions: I still don’t enjoy salads as much as I used to.

Food Cravings: I have been craving cheese this week. I might have to increase my Calcium intake.

Workouts: This week I started a new cycle of my strength program and was able to complete all 4 of my strength workouts despite working two 24 hour calls. I also did some walking on the days that I did not work out.

You can see examples of my entire pregnancy workout in my Prenatal Fitness Prescription.

Modifications to my workout: I am still using barbells and dumbbells to complete my workouts. I listen to my body as much as possible- take adequate rest when needed. I also make sure that I am able to have a conversation during the workout. Lastly, I always perform my workouts when my husband is home. In general, supervised workouts are preferred during pregnancy.

Check out my video on how to train your core in the 2nd trimester.

*Be sure to speak with your healthcare provider to learn if exercise is safe for you.* As always start with gentle exercises and listen to your body.

Other Related Questions

How big is a 25 week pregnant belly?

A 25 week pregnant belly will range from person to person depending on many factors that could be outside your control.

Ideally, if your baby is growing appropriately, the top of your uterus, known as your fundus, will be ~5 cm above your umbilicus or belly button.

This is how my pregnant belly looks at 25 weeks:

25 week pregnant belly bump

Does the size of my belly matter in pregnancy?

The size of your belly matters because it is a good indicator that your baby is growing appropriately.

In general, your fundal height in centimeters should equal your gestational age in weeks.

For example, if you are 25 weeks pregnant, your fundal height should measure about 25 centimeters +/- 2 cm.

If your fundal height is measuring 22 cm or less, your baby may not be growing adequately and may have fetal growth restriction.

On the contrary, if your fundal height is measuring 28 cm or more, your baby may be growing too fast which can also be a cause for concern.

Take home point: Your growing belly is a good way to estimate the size of the baby

How much weight should you have gained by 25 weeks?

On average, you may have gained at least 10-15 lbs (or about 5-6 kg) by 25 weeks of pregnancy.

In general, if you had a normal BMI prior to pregnancy, your total weight gain during pregnancy should be no more than 35lbs.

pregnancy weight-gain chart: Underweight: 28-40 lbs Normal Weight: 24-35 lbs Overweight: 15-25 lbs Obese: 11-20 lbs

Additionally, the chart below shows how much weight you should gain per week in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters based on your pre-pregnancy BMI.

pregnancy-weight-gain-timeline Underweight: 1 lb in 2nd and 3rd trimester Normal Weight: 1 lb in 2nd and 3rd trimester Overweight: 0.6 lb in 2nd and 3rd trimester Obese: 0.5 lb in 2nd and 3rd trimester

What position is my baby in at 25 weeks?

Your baby’s position at 25 weeks will constantly change as he/she is moving around a lot.

Your baby may have its head down which is called the cephalic presentation, he/she may have his head in the upper part of your abdomen which is called the breech presentation, or your baby may be lying across your abdomen in the transverse presentation.

Whatever it is, the position will probably change throughout the day. (Hopefully, you should be feeling a lot of fetal movement at this point).

Is the baby fully developed at 25 weeks?

At 25 weeks, the baby is fully developed, however the internal organs are still developing, particularly the lungs.

Your baby is just about 13 inches in length and weighs about 1lb 5 ounces. He/she is about the size of an eggplant or an ear of corn.

What happens to the fetus at 25 weeks?

A lot of cool things are happening at 25 weeks.

  • The fetal lungs are starting to produce more surfactant which helps keep the small alveoli’s (air sacs) open to allow the baby to take practice breaths
  • Your baby can now hear you.
  • The fetal nose is also beginning to function.
  • Lastly, your baby will develop some fat underneath its skin and develop more hair! (yay baby fat!)

You may also be feeling lots of fetal movements as the baby has developed a sense of direction inside the uterus.

Can you have a healthy baby at 25 weeks?

At 25 weeks the fetus is still very premature and may have some complications of prematurity at birth.

Those complications may include:

  • retinopathy of prematurity
  • bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • intraventricular hemorrhage
  • necrotizing enterocolitis
  • respiratory distress syndrome
  • cerebral palsy

If your baby is born at this time, he or she will definitely need to spend weeks if not months in the NICU (neonatal ICU).

Can I hurt my baby by sleeping on my right side?

It is unlikely you will hurt your baby by sleeping on your right side.

Just make sure that whatever position you sleep in, you are comfortable and not experiencing any pain or discomfort.

Avoid sleeping flat on your back as your gravid uterus can compress the major blood vessels that return blood back to your heart.

This compression can impede blood flow to the uterus and your baby.

What are things to avoid at 25 weeks pregnant?

At 25 weeks pregnant you should avoid:

  • heavy lifting
  • lying flying on your back or on your stomach for prolonged periods of time
  • jumping, contact sports, or anything that increases your risk of falling
  • dehydration
  • exhaustion

This list is not comprehensive, but it highlights some of the major things that all pregnant women should know.

Be sure to talk with your health care provider about other things you should avoid specific to your situation.

What pregnancy symptoms can I expect at 25 weeks?

At 25 weeks, you can expect similar symptoms as before. The most common pregnant symptoms include:

  • Leg cramps
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Increase in the size of your breasts
  • Pregnancy swelling of the legs
  • Braxton-Hicks contractions
  • Heartburn (acid reflux)
  • Thicker hair with more texture

In addition, you may notice that your blood pressure is starting to go back up to your pre-pregnancy levels.

However, if you begin to develop high blood pressure, you may have gestational hypertension or preeclampsia.

Lastly, if you experience regular painful contractions, seek care immediately to ensure that you are not in preterm labor.

This is especially true if you experience any vaginal bleeding.

What to expect at a 25 week pregnant ultrasound

You likely will not get an ultrasound done at 25 weeks unless there is concern over the fetal growth.

Some obstetricians may do a quick bedside ultrasound to look at your amniotic fluid level and baby’s heartbeat.

What is 25 weeks pregnant in months?

At 25 weeks, you have completed 6 months of pregnancy and are starting week 1 of month 7!

You are fast approaching the end of your second trimester!

Final words on Pregnancy Week 25

With the end of the 25th week, the third trimester is right around the corner!

Did you just finish your 25th week?

How did it go for you?

Over the next 1-3 weeks, you will be taking the glucose challenge screening test for gestational diabetes at your antenatal appointment.

This is a good time to learn about it and what to expect.

Leave any comments or questions below and be sure to check back in next week for my 26 week update!

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Brittany Robles, MD, MPH, CPT

Brittany Robles is a full-time OBGYN physician, a NASM certified trainer, and a prenatal and postnatal fitness specialist. She holds a Master of Public Health degree in maternal health with a special interest in exercise and nutrition. She is also the co-author of The White Coat Trainer. Learn more about her here.

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