25 Weeks Pregnant
25 weeks pregnant seems like just one week further down the road from 24 weeks but each week there are so many changes just like when you first were pregnant. Do you remember back then? Goodness your baby and body was changing at the speed of light in the first 16 weeks. When those 16 weeks were finished you still couldn’t feel your baby move, you still felt fat rather than pregnant and morning sickness has just passed.
The last 15 weeks now is another growth spurt of your baby … it’s all growth! Between 25 weeks pregnant and 40 weeks pregnant your baby will put on increasingly more weight, fat and size … causing your uterus to have huge growth.
Read these two great posts … very different! We’ll address or point out stuff in these to websites that interest us, highlight how Birthing Better skills add a whole new dimension in the conversation about pregnancy and childbirth.
Talks about Kegel/Pelvic Floor exercises. We’ll discuss this.
Pretty general conversation. Nothing we’ll discuss from this post.
Birthing Better families want to add at 25 weeks pregnant:
- What about Pelvic Floor or Kegel Exercises?
DON’T DO THEM at 25 weeks pregnant!
Don’t believe Birthing Better families? Try the below exercises. Have a lightbulb moment full of common sense and shine light on one of the really silly things we (WOMEN) have told one another for years. I was told to do Kegel exercises when I was pregnant in 1970! It was wrong then and wrong now!
Before your back gets up. Kegel and Pelvic Floor exercises are great AFTER THE BIRTH but not to prepare for The Birth. Your job in birth is to open up so your baby (a big object with a head the size of a grapefruit) can come down, through and out. What are the qualities your body needs to help?
What are the purposes of the Pelvic Floor/Kegel exercises?
The goals of Kegel exercises are GREAT for any other times in Life except when your pregnancy is closing in on your birth. You want to work with your softening hormones, not against them.
Do this Pelvic Floor exercise #1:
- Tighten up ‘down there’ … In other words, do a Kegal now
- Hold it … just like you’re told to do
- Ask yourself... ‘Would it be easier or harder for something the size of a grapefruit to get out if I’m tight down there?’
Duh … If you’re tight down then it is MUCH, MUCH, MUCH harder for your baby to open you up and come down, through and out.
Bottom line: Do your Pelvic Floor/Kegel after The Birth. Now you need to learn The Pelvic Clock Softening … one of your Birthing Better Childbirth Preparation skills.
Pelvic Clock exercise #2:
- Tighten up ‘down there’ … Hold on, don’t panic. You are just learning to pay attention to ‘down there’. Women are a bit shy because so many things go on ‘down there’ … pee, poo, period, sex, infections, birth, some sexual abuse, smells, toys. Have you been holding that ‘tightness’ while you’ve read these sentences? If not tighten up again.
- Now let go of that tension … breathe in and out and after the following inhale
- Exhale intentionally while you push your pubic bone out and forward from INSIDE … you might fart … it’s ok. It might feel weird … that’s ok. You’re creating space for your baby. You might not feel much movement. Your pubic bones don’t move heaps.
- Next exhale intentionally push back and out from the inside at your sacrum … the bone at end of spine (google it). Can you feel you’re able to do that even if just a little? Your baby doesn’t need inches or feet of more space … just a wee bit. You should be able to feel more movement pushing out your sacrum. This is the bone your baby will try to move if he/she needs more room.
- Next exhale intentionally push out from the inside of both hips … In other words you can open up the inside circular shape of your pelvic bones. Your baby needs to come down, through and out of your pelvic bones.
- Do another Kegel and notice the difference.
Comparison … Do you ‘FEEL’ more open inside and ‘down there’ when you do the Pelvic Floor/Kegel or when you do the Pelvic Clock? Big DUH! All Birthing Better skills are common sense because they were developed by us for all of us.
Sure you might have to go back and forth to really cement your new learning, as with any new skill, but you’ll feel the difference very quickly.
The Pelvic Clock is just one of the amazing skills you’ll learn in Birthing Better Childbirth Preparation Online Course.
BTW … Your partner can feel the same thing doing the above exercises. This means he/she will understand how to help you prepare your pregnant body easily and how not to store or place tension inside your pelvis during your baby’s birth.
Two more things about 25 weeks pregnant
I noticed two more things we need to discuss with you after reading those two articles.
- There is mention of heaps of tests. You will have medical assessments, monitoring and some/many procedures (AMPs). Tests fall into one of those categories. You will hear them referred to as ‘interventions’. DON’T USE THE WORD ‘Intervention’. Using that word can make you feel they are unnecessary, imposed and can ‘cascade’ and you have no control. We’ll talk about this in later posts but just make the habit of using Assessments, Monitoring and Procedures or just AMPs. These will, to some degree, be part of your pregnancy care, The Birth and after baby/newborn care. You can discuss with your obstetrician, midwife which ones you want and don’t want but there will be some required within the ‘evidence based’ maternity system and ‘standards of care’. With skills you just work around and alongside them whether they are needed, wanted or imposed.
- There is NO mention of becoming skilled: This is the biggest issue for us. You are about to give birth to your baby. Doing so is a HUGE event, experience and ACTIVITY. We’re telling you how essential preparing your body is for birth as well as learning birth and birth-coaching skills. Become highly skilled! Birth is a one-off activity that is dramatic, dynamic, intense and transforming. You, your partner and baby deserve your skills!
25 weeks pregnant recommended resources in LESSON TWO of Birthing Better Childbirth Preparation Online Course
Now we’re going to ask you to think about your coming birth.
READ: Are you making a Birth Plan about your coming birth? Read the eBook that fits your want or image of the birth you believe you will have. Then read the eBook about the birth you absolutely dread or can’t imagine having. In other words, learn how to use your Birthing Better skills no matter what type of birth unfolds for your baby. The eBook on TABS is important to read. You want to reduce or prevent birth trauma to yourself or baby and if your birth is traumatic you don’t want to be traumatised.
- PDF: Labor to Vaginal Birth – 19 pages
- PDF: Labor to Unplanned Caesarean – 16 pages
- PDF: Planned VBAC- 23 pages
- PDF: VBAC to Caesarean- 8 pages
- PDF: Elective or Planned Caesarean- 11 pages
- PDF: TABS … trauma after birth syndrome- 19 pages