Friends and family have been commenting on how small I am for the fact that I am 25 weeks along. How can you tell if you are gaining enough weight and staying healthy for yourself and the baby?”
Your doctor or midwife is the best person to talk to about weight gain and measurements, anyone else is just offering their personal opinion. Typical pregnancy weight gain is 1-5 pounds during the first trimester, then 1-2 pounds a week in the send and third trimesters. As for how you look from the outside, how much your belly sticks out has a lot to do with the distance between your rib cage and hips. Long-waisted women’s bellies will look smaller, and short-waisted women will look hugely pregnant sooner. If you’re overweight it will also take longer for your bump to be obvious. And, friends and family don’t always remember how women are supposed to look at any given stage during pregnancy, unless they’re close to a lot of pregnant woman on a daily basis.
So it’s completely normal, at 25 weeks, to have a fairly small belly bump, one you’re able to hide under a draped top or empire-waist dress. Second and successive pregnancies will also tend to show and stick out sooner than a first pregnancy, because your abdominal muscles actually remember previous pregnancies and stretch into the pregnancy shape sooner.
But we can assure you that 14 weeks from now (give or take 10 days) when you’re getting ready to deliver, your belly will stick out so far that you won’t be able to tie your own shoelaces or touch your two fingers together around your girth. In the meantime just tell friends and family, “my doctor says I’m measuring normally.”