Your Pregnancy: Month 6
Your little one is working on his or her fat stores, eyelashes and has little eyebrows! For Mama-to-be, things might be starting to get a bit on the uncomfortable side…
You’re still in the glory days of the second trimester, but some new and strange pregnancy symptoms are appearing. Here’s everything you need to know about the sixth month of pregnancy, including:
- What to expect during weeks 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 of pregnancy
- Common symptoms during the sixth month of pregnancy
- Emotions during month six of pregnancy
- To-do list in the sixth month of pregnancy
- Self-care during month six of pregnancy
- Your partner during the sixth month of pregnancy
Pregnancy 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. Swallowing amniotic fluid might sound gross, but 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 inclined to sample different flavors later in life.
At 22 weeks, your baby is about eight 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.
Pregnancy 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. 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 six 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.
Pregnancy week 25
Your baby is the size of: an ear 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.
Common symptoms during the sixth month of pregnancy
This month, you might experience:
- 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
Emotions during the sixth month of pregnancy
You might feel like you’ve been pregnant forever and wonder how you’ll make it to the end. But it’s like when you’re on vacation and you think how wonderful it is that you’re only halfway through… and suddenly it’s over! If you’re feeling done with pregnancy, call a friend or family member to vent. Or perhaps you could plan a babymoon to have something to look forward to? You don’t have to go far to feel like you’re on vacation.
What to do during the sixth month of pregnancy
Here are a few tasks to get done and helpful tips for this month:
- Do your glucose screening to detect gestational diabetes between 24 and 28 weeks. If you have GD, you’ll have to follow a special diet to keep it in check.
- If your feet and ankles are swollen, sit down and elevate your feet regularly throughout the day.
- You might start to experience Braxton Hicks contractions. These irregular, painless contractions aren’t the real deal – they’re just a sign that your uterus is getting ready for delivery. If they become regular or painful, check with your doctor.
- Your workouts should be slower and less intense these days, but keep them up. Not only are they good for your health, but moms who exercise throughout pregnancy have children who score higher on intelligence tests by the age of four!
- Can’t stop scratching? Soothe itchy skin and prevent stretch marks with organic stretch mark oils and creams.
- If you’re having trouble getting a good night’s sleep, you’re not alone – 78 percent of pregnant women experience sleep problems. Placing a regular pillow between your knees or using a body pillow can help you get comfortable.
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly to avoid getting an infection called periodontitis which can increase your risk of premature birth and preeclampsia.
Self-care during the sixth month of pregnancy
You’re probably feeling heavier and less motivated to attend social engagements – especially after dark. Listen to your body and your heart. Your friends and family will understand if you need to cancel plans sometimes… but maybe not your cousin’s wedding!
Have you tried meditating yet? All it takes is 10 minutes a day with an app such as Calm. You’ll thank yourself for finding your Zen when you’re juggling all the responsibilities of motherhood.
Your partner during the sixth month of pregnancy
Your partner might be able to feel the baby kicking if they place a hand on your belly. If nothing happens, try having a snack to get your little one moving. They may even able to hear the baby’s heartbeat by placing an ear on your tum! These bonding moments will make you feel closer as a family.
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