This is the 25th week of your pregnancy. You are probably feeling fine physically. You will visit the midwife of obstetrician more frequently now. You used to have an antenatal appointment once every 4 weeks that will now be once every 3 weeks.
Your bump may sometimes go hard. This is caused by the uterine muscles tightening and known as Braxton Hicks contractions. These are also known as 'pre-labour contractions' or 'practice contractions' and are signs of the uterine muscles preparing for labour. They won't harm the baby. Your bump may also go hard if you've been doing too much. If this happens a lot, or if it's not just uncomfortable but actually hurts, tell your midwife or obstetrician. He or she will probably advise you to rest more. Doing too much could impede the baby's growth.
Your baby's sense of touch has developed and he can now consciously feel things. His heartbeat will be about twice the speed of yours, so you can easily distinguish between the two. In fact, you can even hear the baby´s heartbeat through an empty toilet roll. Well, you can´t actually manage that yourself unfortunately, but your partner or someone else can. Place an empty toilet roll about 10 cm under your navel and move it around until the heartbeat can be heard. It´s a little easier to find if you know more or less what position your baby is in.
He is growing rapidly. He can still turn in any direction but can't 'swim around' in the amniotic fluid any more. His head might be pointing up one day and down the next. Your baby won't settle on a final position for birth for quite a while yet. So there's no need to worry if they tell you during your antenatal check-up that your baby is in breech position. It can change all the time!
Make sure your diet includes plenty of vitamins and minerals. DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is also especially important during pregnancy. This polyunsaturated fatty acid is an Omega-3 fatty acid and is vital to the development of the baby's brain, eyes and nervous system. The main source of DHA is oily fish, such as herring, eel, mackerel, salmon and sardines. You are advised to eat fish at least twice a week, at least once of which should be oily fish. If you don't really like fish, take a multivitamin supplement that contains DHA. Multivitamin supplements for pregnant women contain all the vital vitamins and minerals and usually also omega-3 fatty acids.
It emerged from Danish research that supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk of premature birth. The pregnancies of the women who had taken fish oil capsules during the study lasted longer and their babies' birth weights were higher.
Another study indicated that taking DHA reduces the chance of developing toxaemia of pregnancy.
Babies fed DHA (in breast milk or formula) for at least 17 weeks after birth develop better eyesight than babies who are not fed DHA.
A Norwegian study, finally, revealed a positive connection between the IQ of four-year-old children and the intake of DHA from the second trimester of pregnancy and for the first three months of breast feeding.