Pregnancy information

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.

You at 25 weeks

You may have some swelling in your 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 back pain in pregnancy and how to protect your back.

Your baby at 26 weeks

The baby's eyelids open for the first time around now and they will soon start blinking. It's not until some weeks after the birth that your baby's eyes become the colour they will stay.

You at 26 weeks

Pregnancy and birth can weaken the muscles of the pelvic floor and you may notice you leak pee when you cough, sneeze or strain your stomach muscles.

Your pelvic floor is made up of layers of muscles inside your body that stretch like a hammock from the pubic bone (in front) to the end of the spine.

Pelvic floor exercises can help strengthen the muscles so they work better.

Your baby at 27 weeks

By now your baby's heart rate will have slowed to around 140 beats per minute. This is still considerably faster than your own heart rate.

Your baby's brain, lungs and digestive system are formed but not fully mature and are still developing.

You at 27 weeks

Nosebleeds are quite common in pregnancy because of hormonal changes. Often there's nothing to worry about and they usually stop with a treatment you can do yourself.

Find out more about treating a nosebleed.

Not everyone gets stretch marks. If you do, they may appear on your tummy, thighs or breasts. Stretch marks are not harmful and there's no treatment for them, but they usually fade with time.

Your baby at 28 weeks

By 28 weeks, your baby weighs around 1kg and is perfectly formed.

The baby's heartbeat can now be heard through a stethoscope. Your partner may even be able to hear it by putting an ear to your bump, but it can be difficult to find the right place.

Your baby keeps putting on weight, as more and more fat appears under the skin.

You at 28 weeks

At your 28-week antenatal appointment, your midwife or doctor will:

  • measure your blood pressure
  • test your urine for protein
  • discuss the results of any screening tests from your last appointment

Heartburn or acid reflux is common in pregnancy. It can be uncomfortable but is not harmful.

If you've been told your blood type is rhesus negative, you'll be offered an injection in pregnancy to protect your unborn baby. You'll be offered tests for your blood and your baby's blood at birth, and you may be offered a second injection to protect your babies in any future pregnancies.

You can find more information on pregnancy in the 'Your Pregnancy and Birth book'.

Last Updated: 21/07/2023 10:56:17
The information on this page has been adapted by NHS Wales from original content supplied by NHS UK NHS website