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25 weeks pregnant - all you need to know

Your baby can respond to light, touch and sound now. You might even notice them jumping or kicking in response to a loud noise.

25 weeks infographic.

What does my baby look like in week 25? 

Your baby is weeing frequently, and this urine passes into the amniotic fluid. Their brain, digestive system and lungs are developed but they’re not what they call ‘mature’ yet - they will continue to develop as your pregnancy progresses.

Your pregnancy symptoms in week 25

Bump watch

You may be putting on weight quickly now and feeling bigger as your baby fills out. Eat a balanced diet to avoid gaining more than you need to.

Find out more about managing your weight in pregnancy.


You may crave certain foods. No one knows why pregnant women get cravings but there’s no harm in eating a little bit of the food you crave - just don’t overdo it!

If you crave something that isn’t edible, such as soap or earth, or foods that you should avoid in pregnancy, such as pâté or certain cheeses, don’t eat them! Talk to your midwife or doctor instead.

Back pain

As your bump grows, it’s natural to adjust your posture when standing and moving to cope with your changing shape.

This, together with the hormonal changes that make your ligaments soften, can cause problems for your back. These tips should help:

  • Avoid heavy lifting if possible
  • You may find that a firm mattress or a massage helps
  • Exercising in water, having a pregnancy massage or back care classes may help ease the pain  
  • If it’s very painful, ask your doctor or midwife to refer you to a physiotherapist.


If you have a sore itchy bum this could be piles, or haemorrhoids - swollen veins around your anus that feel like lumps. They may be itchy or sore and are often worse if you’re constipated.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone - they’re quite common in pregnancy. They can be uncomfortable and bleed a little when you have a bowel movement.

To avoid these or reduce the discomfort, eat plenty of fibre-rich foods such as fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereals. It’s important to drink plenty of water too.

If you think you may have piles, talk to your midwife or pharmacist about treatments that might help.

Are you suffering from heartburn, indigestion, headaches or cramps? Here’s our guide to 10 common pregnancy complaints (and how to avoid them).

Sleep problems?

If you have trouble sleeping, it can make you feel exhausted and irritable. Some women find that supporting their bump with pillows can help them feel more comfortable in bed.

Try to keep your bedroom cool - about 18˚C is perfect. It also helps to have a relaxing bedtime routine, such as a warm bath or a milky drink.

It is important to go to sleep on your side from 28 weeks as going to sleep on your back has been linked to stillbirth. This could be due to the weight of the bump on the vena cava (a large vein running down your back). If the vein is squashed it means that less oxygen gets to the baby. Don’t worry if you wake up on your back, just roll back onto your side. Read more about sleeping safely in late pregnancy.

Here are tips to help you stay stress-free in pregnancy.

What to do in week 25

Your next midwife appointment

If this is your first baby, you’re likely to have a routine antenatal appointment at around 25 weeks. Your midwife or doctor will feel your bump gently with their hands to work out the height of your womb. They will also use a tape measure.

Your blood pressure will be checked and they’ll also take a urine sample to check for protein. These are normal checks to make sure you don't have signs of pre-eclampsia.

Read our guide to your antenatal appointment schedule.

Stay active

You can continue to exercise and stay active right to the end of your pregnancy.

If you’re a keen runner, or doing other kinds of high-impact aerobic exercise, you might be more comfortable switching to something that puts less stress on your joints, like a stationary bike in the gym or swimming.

When to be careful when exercising during pregnancy.

Getting help with your mental wellbeing

It’s natural to have periods of feeling worried or low when you’re pregnant or after birth. But it’s important to ask for help if you’re having bad feelings all the time or you feel you can’t cope. You can try our pregnancy and post-birth wellbeing tool to help you think about how you are feeling.


  1. NHS Choices. You and your baby at 21–24 weeks pregnant (Page last reviewed: 28/02/2017 Next review due: 28/02/2020).
  2. Macdonald S, Magill-Cuerden J (2012) Mayes’ Midwifery, 14th edition, London, Ballière Tindall
  3. NHS Choices. Piles in pregnancy (Page last reviewed: 22/01/2018 Next review due: 22/01/2021).
  4. NICE (2008) Antenatal care for uncomplicated pregnancies,Clinical guideline [CG62] Last updated: January 2017.
  5. RCOG (2006) Recreational Exercise and Pregnancy: Information for you, London, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists:
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    Please note that these comments are monitored but not answered by Tommy’s. Please call your GP or maternity unit if you have concerns about your health or your baby’s health.
    • By Mmatau (not verified) on 6 Feb 2020 - 19:35

      I'm worried about my child, when i go to the clinic to do check up. They struggle to found my child's heart beat and I'm 25 weeks pregnant

    • By Yajiv (not verified) on 31 Oct 2019 - 18:30 24 weeks pregnant...and am worried coz the doc has bn recording since I started my clinic that any time she examines me...she States that my baby is a palpable I was concerned n asked y....n she said that she can't tell from her examinations where the head is or the worried....coz when I asked her if its normal at 24 weeks...she seemed shocked and told me that I should go for a scan 4 weeks from now so that they can see if am really 24 worried....should I b...or its normal...?

    • By Precious (not verified) on 8 Aug 2019 - 20:02

      Hi am 25 weeks,2 days pregnant ,am having feelings that my baby is not ok ,my bumb is very small,(and this is my first pregnancy).

    • By Faseeja (not verified) on 4 May 2019 - 05:28

      It's killing me.... Dr said my fibroid is degenerated... Anyone faced the same?

    • By Bambi (not verified) on 15 Mar 2019 - 02:35

      I have this severe waist pain when I stand for awhile and these days I cant really sleep on my sides for too long cos I feel out of breath .so I sleep sitting with pillows on my back. Am 25 weeks and expecting triplets. Anyone else with these complaints ?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Mar 2019 - 16:13

      Hi Bambi,
      It sounds like you could benefit from being seen by a physiotherapist for support, do ask your midwife or doctor to refer you.
      Best wishes
      Tommy's midwife

    • By Phoebe (not verified) on 29 Mar 2019 - 19:05

      Hi, I’m also 25 weeks with twins and have a very bad waist pain. I thought upper abdomen tear, but drs and sonographers day they can’t feel anything. It’s very constant and uncomfortable. They only suggest to ease with paracetamol & rest, but I have a 3yr old and a 22month old, so that’s don’t happening! Perhaps water excerises could sooth or a warm bath, but otherwise nothing I can suggest.

    • By Sarah (not verified) on 12 Mar 2019 - 08:36

      Hey I’ve been experiencing heavy heavy pelvic pressure today. It’s been very intense and sore lower back cramping Also. I am 25 weeks and have been diagnosed with placenta previa. This is my third baby and I’ve never experienced this. Should I be concerned?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Mar 2019 - 16:12

      Hi Sarah,
      If you haven't already, then do call your maternity unit to discuss your symptoms.
      Best wishes
      Tommy's midwife

    • By Rafat (not verified) on 27 Feb 2019 - 23:24

      Hi I have been having this sharp pain in my anus as if I want to toilet and also when I went to pee I cnt seat on the toilet sit pls what should I do and am 25weeks pregnant

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 28 Feb 2019 - 15:03

      Hi Rafat, Thank you for your comment.

      In pregnancy there can be a lot of pressure on your back passage that may cause pain or pressure and this can lead to piles that can be painful when you have a bowel movement. If this is what is happening then it would be advisable to speak to your midwife or GP who will be able to assess you and give treatment if needed. Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

    • By bhavna (not verified) on 4 Jan 2019 - 09:50

      I like browsing the pages of tommys, it has helped me sort through many questions about my pregnancy from time to time and that my doctor either could not answer or thought I did not need to know the answers to. Fully satisfied with this website.

    • By Zainab (not verified) on 23 Sep 2018 - 18:51

      Hi, I’m 24 weeks + 4 days and so far my pregnancy is very normal. BP is normal, vitamin levels all normal, I’m quite active, eat lots of heathy food, avoid junk food and drink plenty of water. Just in the past 2 weeks I’ve experienced a stitch type pain near my right rib cage twice so far. It sort of feels like a tangled pain when I breathe in, so I have to take short breaths while this pain occurs. It probably has occured for maybe a minute or 2 and has gone away after rubbing it and keeping it warm. Since this is not something I’ve experienced before (and this is my first pregnancy) does it sound like something serious or a common thing during pregnancy?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 25 Sep 2018 - 15:51

      Mild pain and discomfort are very common in pregnancy-as the baby and uterus grow they displace other organs in your abdomen and this can lead to feelings of discomfort and pains like you describe related to the stretching and expanding womb.
      However if you experience severe pain, or the stitch pain does not go away or if there are other worrying symptoms such as bleeding or severe headaches, for example then you should seek urgent advice from your maternity unit.
      The following link has more information for you inluding when to seek urgent advice

      Take Care
      Tommy's Midwife

    • By carlee (not verified) on 10 Oct 2018 - 16:18

      zainab - i'm 25 weeks today and i experience side stitches like you described relatively often. sometimes they are up by my ribs, sometimes they are down low, but always on one side or the other. they feel like when you get a cramp in your ribs when you are running and out of shape. :) mine only happen when i'm walking and i'm usually able to walk through the pain, but they are painful. i noticed that they seem to be worse if i have to pee and and walking, which is most of the time! given that they go away and feel like normal cramps, i don't think it's anything to worry about. but definitely mention to your doc or midwife if you're concerned! especially if they don't go away easily.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 11 Oct 2018 - 11:51

      Hi Carlee, Thank you for your comment.

      It is lovely that you are sharing your experiences with others. However, if you are still experiencing these pains when passing urine or walking then we would advise that you see your GP or midwife as any pains should be assessed in pregnancy. It may be that you have a urine infection but you should be seen and treated if needed. Take Care Tommy's Midwives x

    • By Nicole (not verified) on 6 Apr 2017 - 23:44

      I was on my way to my 24 week prenatal appointment. As I exit the freeway i began feeling really hot and dizzy. Before I knew it my vision went white and I no longer could see. I put my car in park and put my emergency lights on in the middle of traffic. I turned the ac on cold and laid back in my seat. After about 15mins. My vision retured and I was able to get to my appointment. The baby is fine and my blood pressure was fine. WHAT COULD HAVE CAUSE THIS VERY SCARY INCIDENT?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Apr 2017 - 13:22

      Hi, it is reassuring that you had an antenatal appointment following this event and no concerns were found and your blood pressure was normal. Some dizzy spells can occur during pregnancy, this can be due to dehydration or low blood sugars so eating healthy and drinking regularly is important. It can also be due to low iron levels, so again eating iron rich foods and if this happens again see your midwife or GP for a blood test to check your iron levels are not low. If you have another episode then do call your maternity unit to be reviewed.

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 26 Jan 2018 - 04:23

      Probably just needed to eat something. Same thing happened to me in the grocery store and I had to sit down. Only thing I did different was going to eat a late lunch. Now I will eat on time to avoid that scary ordeal. Hope you're doing better and this helped!

    • By Keriann ELLIS (not verified) on 13 May 2019 - 03:38

      Um preeclampsia I think may be a very valid concern for you. I remember reading another the vision loss.

      If that's not it And I'm not an expert in anyway or a doctor or medical student. But migranes from experiance can cause vision loss

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Feb 2017 - 13:41

      Hi, thanks for posting obviously in the middle of the night and in awful pain. Please don't suffer on your own. In view of the whooping cough I would call your hospital Day Assessment Unit (DAU) in advance explain your history and explain that you are in pain due to gall stones as well as a result of coughing. You need stronger analgesia and a review now.
      Please keep in touch.
      Tommy's Midwives

    • By amy reddy (not verified) on 21 Feb 2017 - 03:30

      Hi I was diagnosed with gallstones at 21 weeks pregnant in which I was hospilised for a week I've been on bed rest since then. I'm now 35 weeks pregnant pain is back with advengence and I also have the whopping cough I feel miserable can't sleep barely can walk with pains and tightens in my chest left side and bum please help I need advice shud I go back into hospital where my baby can be monitored properly or hold out.

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