Your pregnancy and baby guide
You and your baby at 25 weeks pregnant
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- Secrets to success
- Am I pregnant?
- Early days
- Week by week
- Preparing for the birth
- Work out your due date
- Tests scans and checks
- Your pregnancy (antenatal) care
- Your health and wellbeing
- Existing health problems
- Common pregnancy ailments
- Pregnancy-induced conditions
Labour and birth
- The start of labour
- The birth
- Emotions and worries
- Premature babies
- How to breastfeed
- Breastfeeding problems
- Lifestyle and breastfeeding
- Bottle feeding
- Newborn screening tests
- Newborn essentials
- New parents
- New mums
- Twins and multiples
Babies and toddlers
- Weaning and solid foods
- Baby health and care
- Spotting signs of serious illness
- Reflux in babies
- How to take a baby's temperature
- Reducing the risk of SIDS
- Treating a high temperature
- Sleep problems in children
- Coughs, colds and ear infections
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Infectious illnesses
- Children's medicines
- Looking after a sick child
- Serious conditions and special needs
- Constipation in young children
- Your baby's height and weight
- Baby health and development reviews
- Leg and foot problems in children
- Learning, play and behaviour
- Safety and accidents
Your baby at 25 weeks
The baby is moving about a lot, and responds to touch and sound. A very loud noise may make them jump and kick, and you'll be able to feel this.
Your baby is regularly passing urine into the amniotic fluid. Sometimes the baby may get hiccups and you can feel the jerk of each hiccup. Read more about your baby after the birth.
You at 25 weeks
You may have some swelling in your face, hands or feet. This might be caused by water retention, which is normal – try resting and lifting up your swollen feet to ease it.
Be sure to mention any swelling to your midwife or GP so they can take your blood pressure and rule out a condition called pre-eclampsia, which can cause swelling.
Other symptoms of pre-eclampsia include severe headache, vision problems such as blurring or flashing lights, and pain under the ribs.
It's common to get backache in pregnancy as your bump grows and your body prepares for labour and birth. Find out ways to cope with pregnancy backache, and how to protect your back.
Things to think about
Are you drinking too much coffee? See how much caffeine you can safely have in pregnancy.
If you're taking maternity leave from work, you need to tell your employer in writing at least 15 weeks before your baby is due – this is when you're 25 weeks pregnant.
If you're entitled to maternity allowance, you can claim from when you're 26 weeks pregnant. GOV.UK has information on maternity allowance and other benefits for families.
Find out about infections that can harm you or your unborn baby, including toxoplasmosis, cytomegalovirus (CMV) and rubella, and how to protect yourself against them.
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Page last reviewed: 04/10/2019
Next review due: 04/10/2022