Week 25 Second Trimester


Be prepared for a few more side effects of pregnancy: indigestion, heartburn, constipation, increased sweating, dramatic dreams, and forgetfulness. It is also common for pregnant women to develop hemorrhoids, which are dilated blood vessels in the rectal area. Should this happen, let your doctor know immediately.

As your uterus continues to grow, it places some pressure on your pelvis and back, which produces a condition called sciatica in some women. Usually, this happens when your baby’s head presses against your pelvic bones, which in turn compresses the nerves in your lower back and legs. Sciatica often results in numbness or tingling in the legs as well as severe pain on the lower back, legs, and buttocks.

Your Baby

At this stage, your baby starts to gain weight. He is approximately 680 grams (1.5 pounds) and a little under 23 cm in length. However, you need to remember that from now onwards, your baby’s length and weight will vary somewhat, as each baby develops differently.

Your baby’s different body parts are forming beautifully now. The blood vessels of his lungs are developing. His hands, complete with fingerprints, are fully formed. His taste buds are forming; his nostrils are beginning to open. The structure of his spine begins to form.

If your little bundle of joy is a boy, his testes have already dropped into the scrotum at this point. If instead you are carrying a girl in your womb, her vagina has already hollowed out. 

Philippine Association for Childbirth Education

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