Your pregnancy: month 6
Your little one is working on his or her fat stores, eyelashes and has little eyebrows… awww!
For Mama-to-be, things might be starting to get a bit on the uncomfortable side…
Weeks 21 and 22
Your baby is the size of a: large banana
Your baby’s growth rate is starting to slow down, but your wee one is piling on the fat and its organs are maturing steadily while it sleeps 12 to 14 hours a day. If swallowing amniotic fluid sounds gross, it isn’t to your baby who needs the fluids and nutrients it contains. If you want to avoid having a picky eater, eat a variety of foods while pregnant – your little one can taste them and may be more willing to sample different flavors later in life.
At 22 weeks, your baby is about 8 inches long and weighs a whole pound! The eyelashes and eyebrows are now in place, and the senses of touch, sight and sound are developing quickly. If you sing to your belly, those same melodies could calm your baby after birth. With muscles that are stronger than ever, your little banana might even do a slow dance.
Weeks 23 and 24
Your baby is the size of a: papaya
The heartbeat can now be heard through a stethoscope placed on your stomach. If your partner is lucky, they might even be able to hear it directly through your belly! Your baby is preparing to double its weight in the next four weeks. The skin is still transparent for now, but it will become less so as the fat accumulates.
By week 24, your baby starts to produce white blood cells to fight off infection. The face is almost completely formed (aw!) and your little eater is gaining 6 ounces a week. All sorts of strange symptoms might be plaguing you now – including carpal tunnel syndrome and itchy palms – but rest assured they’re normal. If you have any concerns, speak to your doctor.
Your baby is the size of an: ear of corn
Why the extra week? Each calendar month contains more than four seven-day weeks. To make up for that discrepancy, months six, seven and nine have an extra week.
Your uterus is the size of a soccer ball and your baby now weighs more than a pound and a half. The skin is still very wrinkly, but it’s becoming opaque and pinker thanks to little blood vessels that are forming. The lungs are also developing quickly (although they’re far from being ready!) and the nostrils are opening.
- Increased appetite
- Bloating and gas
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Faintness or dizziness
- Blurred vision
- Fetal movement
- Varicose veins
- Leg cramps
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Itchy palms
- Stretch marks
- Linea negra (a dark line between your bellybutton and pubic bone)
- Mask of pregnancy or chloasma (skin discoloration on the face)
- Bleeding gums
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Nails and hair growing faster and stronger
Tips of the month: If you experience swelling in your feet, make sure to sit and elevate them regularly. Braxton Hicks contractions could start now – these irregular, painless contractions are harmless (but check with your doctor if they become regular or painful). Having trouble sleeping? You’re not alone. Placing a regular pillow between your knees or using a body pillow can help you get comfortable.