25 Weeks Pregnant – what to expect

Now you're 25 weeks pregnant, this week is all about sleepless nights, dealing with dizziness, choosing a cot and coconut chicken curry!

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Watch our video to see what your baby looks like this week

Your baby’s nostrils are starting to open and his or her lungs are developing little air sacs, so – when there’s a free moment from spinning, stretching and toe-touching – it’s time to get with the practice breaths (of amniotic fluid, not air, obvs).

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And here’s a 3D scan of a 25 week baby…

So what’s happening to your body this week?

Can’t get to sleep? Aargh at everyone who’s saying: ‘Sleep loads now because you won’t be getting any when the baby comes.’ Because you would, if you could – but you can’t.

Insomnia is a bit of a second-trimester ‘thing’ – partly because that bump’s making it harder to get comfortable in bed, partly because your mind’s a-churn with excited/worried baby thoughts, and partly because you’ve having to get up so often to go to the flipping loo.

It can help to do the soothing-warm-bath-and-cup-of-cocoa-bedtime-wind-down-ritual thing, and it’s worth knowing that you’re almost definitely getting more shut-eye than you think. Oh, and full permission to eyeroll anyone who tells you it’s all good practice for parenting life ahead…

Our MFMer’s 25-week bump of the week

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Are you keeping track of your bump with weekly pics? Check out other MFMers’ belfies in our 25 week bump gallery.

Did you know? Your baby’s now the length of… a box of Tunnock’s Tea Cakes

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This week, your baby measures 34.6cm, the same length as a box of these marshmallow-y lovelies. 

And is around the weight of… a pair of size 10 trainers

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Your baby now weighs around 1lb 8oz (670g)!

4 things you need to know this week

MFMer’s tip of the week from our forum

“If your back’s hurting, try to prop yourself up with pillows in bed, so you’re almost sat up rather than lying flat” – Tinkerbell121

Want to share your pregnancy with others going through the same as you? There’s a birth club for your due date – take a look

Is it normal… to feel dizzy?

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Dizzy, my head is spinnin’ – like a whirlpool it never ends…  Feeling a bit like a spindryer? That’s preghead for you. It’s very common and can range from light-headedness to a full floor faint.

When singer Lily Allen had a bit of a turn during pregnancy, she picked her moment well. “Just fainted in Harrods. #croquemonsieur needed.” Ah yes, don’t we all. 

Our preg recipe for week 25 – Coconut chicken curry

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Why including chicken in your pregnancy diet is good for your growing baby

As your pregnancy progresses, your body’s going to be needing more iron and zinc (to meet the extra demands of your baby), and a cheeky chicken feast is a good way to top up your reserves of both.

Go for the darker meat on the thighs, as it’s the most iron-rich. Chicken also ticks the box for a good, lean source of protein (needed to build tiny muscles, skin, hair and bones).

See the full recipe and get cooking…

Baby namer – what do you think of these names inspired by the forest?

The nature of the forest offers an abundance of food for thought. What about these two names for your baby?

Fox
Named after the wily animal, Fox is an unusually sleek and simple name. Foxes are cunning, beautiful and wild – perhaps a foreshadowing of how your daughter will be.
Celeb baby-name-check: Mark Owen named his 2nd daughter Fox.

Silas
From an old Greek word that means woody or of the forest. This unusual name is a subtle nod to the great outdoors.
Celeb baby-name-check: Justin Timberlake named his first son Silas.

Need more inspiration? Check out our Baby Names section for lots more ideas.

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So that’s plenty for this week, want to take a peek at what lies ahead – or look back at last week?

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