1. How Big Is Your Baby?
Your baby now weighs about 1½
pounds (700g), and crown-to-rump length is about 8¾ inches (22cm).
These are average lengths and weights, and can vary from one baby to
another and from one pregnancy to another.
2. How Big Are You?
Your uterus has grown quite a bit and is about the size of a soccer
ball. When you look at a side view, you’re much bigger. During
pregnancy, your baby will have growth spurts, which may slightly affect
your weight gain at certain times.
Measurement from the pubic symphysis to
the top of the uterus is about 10 inches (25cm). The uterus is about
halfway between your bellybutton and the lower part of your sternum
(the bone between your breasts where the ribs come together). If you
were seen around 20 weeks of pregnancy, you’ve probably grown about 1½
Survival of a Premature Baby
It may be hard to believe, but if your
baby were delivered now, it would have a chance of surviving. A baby
born at this time probably weighs less than 2 pounds and is extremely
small. Survival can be difficult, and the baby would probably spend several months in the hospital.
Is Baby a Boy? A Girl?
One of the most common questions we hear
is, “What is the sex of our baby?” For many couples, not knowing is
part of the fun of having a baby.
Amniocentesis can definitely determine
baby’s sex. Ultrasound may predict baby’s sex but is not foolproof.
Some at-home tests claim to be able to determine baby’s gender, but
don’t count on it. Some people believe a baby’s heartbeat rate can
indicate its sex. Unfortunately, there is no scientific proof of this.
A more reliable source might be a mother,
mother-in-law or someone who can look at you and tell by how you’re
carrying the baby if it is a boy or girl. Although we make this
statement with our tongues placed firmly in our cheeks, many people
believe it’s true. Some people claim they’re never wrong about guessing
or predicting the sex of a baby before birth. Again, there is no
scientific basis for this method.
Your healthcare provider is more
concerned about the health and well-being of you and your baby. He or
she will concentrate on making sure you both are progressing through
pregnancy safely and you both get through pregnancy, labor and delivery
in good health.
Itching (pruritus gravidarum) is a
common symptom during pregnancy. There are no bumps or lesions on the
skin; it just itches. Nearly 20% of all pregnant women suffer from
itching, often in the last weeks of pregnancy, but it can occur at any
time. It may occur with each pregnancy and may also appear when you use
oral contraceptives. The condition isn’t harmful to you or baby.
Comparative size of the uterus at 25 weeks of pregnancy
(fetal age—23 weeks). The uterus can be felt about 2 inches
(5cm) above your umbilicus (bellybutton).
As your uterus has
grown and filled your pelvis, your skin and muscles have stretched.
Itchiness may be a consequence. Lotions are OK to use to help reduce
itching. Try not to scratch and irritate your skin—that can make it
worse! Ask your healthcare provider about taking antihistamines or
using cooling lotions containing menthol or camphor. Often no treatment
Tip for Week 25
Pregnancy can be a time of
communication and personal growth with your partner. Listen when he
talks. Let him know he is an important source of emotional support for