What's happening this week
At twenty five weeks your baby is establishing a play and nap routine and recognising your voice!
At a glance
- Your baby will be developing their own daily routines
- You will need to start thinking about your birth plan
- Start looking for a car seat now so you can practice fitting it before baby arrives
At twenty five weeks into your pregnancy, your baby has its own little routine going on in your womb! They will play (turning somersaults, wriggling around!) and then have a little nap to recover! They will also enjoy hearing your voice at this stage, and may move around in response to it.
They might get excited by other noises too, and you may well feel them having a bit of a boogie to certain sounds – could be as mundane as the Hoover or car engine, but music might get them into the groove, too! Talking and singing to your baby is as important as ever at this stage in your pregnancy, and you might even want to read to them, as well.
You'll have an antenatal appointment at 25 weeks, and your midwife might talk through your birth plan, or your thoughts about the type of delivery you would like. If you haven't yet written up your birth plan and put a copy of it in your maternity notes folder, now could be the time to do it. Make sure you birth partner has a copy too, and is aware of the kind of birth you wish to aim for, and your thoughts on pain relief and positions to deliver in. You might be given a test for gestational diabetes at this point in pregnancy, if you have gained weight rapidly, or if your urine or blood sample has flagged up cause for concern. Have a look at our pages on healthy eating and diet in pregnancy, and gestational diabetes to get more info on this.
What to think about
One of the first pieces of equipment you are going to need for your baby is a car seat so you can bring them home from hospital. It's a good idea to get this sorted as early as you can, so you feel confident about fitting it in your car, and getting it in and out – you could even have a practice of securing the harness with your fave teddy! Most stores will offer you lots of advice and make sure you have chosen the right seat for your car, and one that is suitable for a newborn.
Many establishments will also have a fitting service, and will make sure you are completely up to speed with the correct position and attachment of your seat before you take it away.
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