Sixth Month Pregnancy - List of Symptoms and Body Changes
Yayyy! Just like you have strongly survived the first trimester and the accompanying harsh symptoms, you are heading towards the end of your second trimester, and soon you will be stepping into your third trimester. The good parts from the fifth month will still continue this month. You will have your boosted energy levels, along with the rosy pregnancy glow, and an overall good feeling. Right now, you are in a quite enjoyable phase of pregnancy. You still have some time left before your baby bum finally becomes big paired with immense cuteness and you get ready to receive pregnancy advice from anyone and everyone now.
Your Baby at Six Months
Time to focus on your baby now. In this month, your baby will weigh around 1 to 2 pounds and will be around 7 to 12 inches long. This month, your baby will open its eyelashes for the first time. The taste buds will also develop, and they will also be able to taste the various tastes of the food you eat through the amniotic fluid. Your little baby will have fully developed lungs by this month, and it will also be able to hear the sounds outside your uterus (such as the song you are listening to, or you conversing with anyone, and so on). The bone marrow will also start making blood cells by this time. And, your child will hiccup a lot, which you will be able to feel.
What are the Possible Body Changes that You may Experience?
You have finally reached that phase of your pregnancy when it is becoming more prominent with every passing day. You will consistently put on weight till the next few months as your baby grows inside your womb. The majority of the pregnancy weight is gained during the second half of your pregnancy (around 10-15 pounds since your first trimester). This may make it difficult for you to stand on your feet for prolonged periods of time. Take a rest, and have a seat whenever possible. Do not put stress on your legs. You may also face difficulty in finding one comfortable sleeping position. Try using pillows (as many as required) to support and comfort you. Your belly will protrude more and more with time, your breasts will become larger, and your belly button will pop outward. There is an increased circulation of blood right now, and thus you may get varicose veins. But on the brighter side, it will also gift your face with a rosy and radiant glow.
In case you still haven’t put on much weight, don’t worry. That’s normal as well. Every pregnancy is different. Your overall health condition, weight, anatomy along with the number of pregnancies that you have head together determine the size of your baby bump. And, you can always consult your doctor if you feel that you are not gaining weight properly.
Due to the increased pressure on your bladder due to the growing baby inside your uterus, your urge to urinate may increase. Along with these, you may start noticing stretch marks and may experience itchy skin. Apply a gentle, natal-safe moisturizer, or a bio-oil to keep your skin well hydrated, soft, and supple.
Sixth Month Pregnancy Symptoms
1. Increased Hunger
Feeling uncontrollably hungry these days? So much that it has left you tired now? Well, hey, your growing baby needs to eat too right? You are now eating for two people and not just for yourself.
Many women experience an amplified hunger towards the end of the first trimester. In order to help your baby grow properly, you need to gain weight steadily. In the second trimester, you are going to need an additional 300-350 calories every day and 500 calories in the third trimester, than your normal appetite before pregnancy. Pregnancy cravings may also increase your hunger and this is normal too. However, at times nutrition deficiency may also increase your hunger. So consult your doctor to avoid mistakes.
2. Skin itchiness
Itchy skin can get really irritating for the moms-to-be. We get you. It can get really uncomfortable at times. As your baby grows inside your womb, your baby bump grows too, making your skin stretch. This causes itchiness. A raised level of hormones inside your body can also cause itchy skin. Another possible reason behind your itchiness might be a liver condition named Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP), which is also called Obstetric Cholestasis (OC). So, please pay a visit to your doctor if your skin itchiness is troubling you a lot. Also, your skin is really thin and delicate at this point in time. Kindly, do NOT scratch your skin harshly, it will worsen the condition of your skin even more. Apply natal-safe, gentle oils or creams to keep your skin well-hydrated, soft, and supple.
Experiencing dizziness is very common for moms-to-be. You have experienced dizziness in your first trimester, and sadly it’s not going to leave you in the following trimesters. Talking of the dizziness that you may experience this month, the growing size of your uterus might create pressure on your blood vessels making you feel dizzy. Dizziness can also be caused by lying on your back because it can cause your uterus to extend blocking the blood flow, to your heart from your lower extremities. This can also welcome other concerns. Gestational diabetes can also be the reason behind your dizziness. Apart from these, low blood pressure or hyperemesis gravidarum may also cause dizziness.
According to a study published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, almost three out of four women are likely to experience constipation and other bowel issues, at some point during their pregnancy. Your body's muscles relax due to an increase in the progesterone hormone during pregnancy. Your intestines are included in this. Slower digestion is a result of slower gut movement. Constipation may result as a result of this. Stay hydrated, and stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, and fiber-rich foods. Include beans, peas, whole-grain bread, bran cereals, lentils, and prunes.
With you gaining weight day by day and it getting distributed around your body, you are going to experience aches in your back, hips, and pelvic area.
6. Leg Cramps
Changes in blood circulation and tension on your leg muscles from carrying more weight could be to blame. The nerves and blood arteries that go down your legs are also pressured by your developing baby. Calcium deficiency, or a change in the way your body processes calcium, according to some specialists, might induce cramping. Leg cramps normally pass in a matter of minutes.
Being unable to sleep is normal for pregnant moms. Insomnia hits you more in the second and third trimesters, backed up by other uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms. And not to forget, the growing baby bump makes it even more difficult for you to sleep.
8. Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are swollen veins that bulge at the surface of your skin. It's a completely normal pregnancy symptom, and you shouldn't be concerned. These are inherited traits that were most likely passed down to you from your mother or grandmother. They happen when the uterus puts strain on the major vein that delivers blood from your feet and legs back to your heart (the inferior vena cava).
However, there are a few things that may be done to keep them from happening. Consult your doctor before beginning a low-impact exercise programme, sleep on your left side to relieve strain on the inferior vena cava, walk as much as possible, and avoid crossing your legs while sitting. Raise your feet as much as possible and as often as feasible. You can consider investing in a maternity hose.
9. Swollen Ankles
Swelling can be caused by the extra fluid and the pressure from the developing uterus on the ankles and the feet. The swelling might get worse in hotter weather conditions, and with the delivery date approaching.
10. Heart Burn
Again, it’s the cruel hormonal changes. Your growing baby too presses against your stomach, causing heartburn, indigestion, or acid reflux. Stick to a healthy diet and lifestyle. Consult your doctor if the need to take medicines arises.
Sixth Month Pregnancy Checklist
- Pamper yourself and stay happy. Your emotional well-being is as vital as your physical well-being. Pregnant moms often go through pregnancy anxiety and stress. Keep calm, and enjoy the activities that give you joy. Practice meditation, and yoga to help keep your mind calm.
- Read about pregnancy and childbirth. The more knowledge you have, the better. You can have lots of questions and concerns inside your mind. Reading more and more helps you get a clearer and better idea.
- This month will be the month of your baby shower. Enjoy it. Let your friends and relatives celebrate you and your little munchkin. There are even a lot of fun baby shower games that you can play with your loved ones.
- Take a break and go on a babymoon. Ask your loving partner to accompany you on a babymoon. Babymoon, like honeymoon, is the quality time you spend with your partner, before the birth of your little angel.
- And, last but not the least (we will keep telling this repeatedly), eat good food, and get good sleep. Food and sleep are inevitable for you and your baby. So, don’t miss out on those.