It is exciting to finish your first trimester of pregnancy. At this point, your risk of having a miscarriage has dropped significantly. If you have been waiting until now to tell your loved ones the good news, now is the time to let everyone in on your happy surprise. Best of all, you are now one-third of the way through your pregnancy. The remaining months will go fast as you prepare for the baby, set up the nursery and arrange your maternity leave.
This is often the time when first trimester symptoms start to go away. The first trimester can be filled with discomfort, morning sickness and other uncomfortable symptoms. Now, many women will get a chance to enjoy their pregnancy. You still may have some discomfort and nausea, but it will generally start to fade during the second trimester. In addition, the fatigue of the last three months will start to fade away as most women enjoy a boost of energy during the second trimester.
Other than the physical symptoms, you are going to start to see other bodily changes. Your baby is growing, so you may gradually start to see that adorable baby bump take shape as you invest in new maternity clothes. Your baby is starting to look like a tiny little being, and ultrasounds start to become more enjoyable as you actually get to see an adorable little baby on the screen. It still isn’t fully formed yet, but the baby is really starting to take shape!
What to Expect During Your 4th Month Pregnancy
Like every month of your pregnancy, there are some changes that you can start to expect. You will probably start to feel a lot better than you did during the last three months of your pregnancy. Dizziness and morning sickness tend to decline significantly during this month. After your first prenatal checkup during your third month, you will also arrange your first ultrasound scan with your gynecologist. You just heard the baby’s heartbeat last month, so now you get to see what the baby actually looks like.
Indulge yourself while you can because you will soon have a little newborn to care for. Family and friends will start celebrating and treating you like a queen. This is the time when you can start wearing maternity clothing. You will want to look for more comfortable clothes so that you can minimize the discomfort of your skin and muscles stretching out for the growing baby.
Bodily Changes During the 4th Month of Pregnancy
During your fourth month of pregnancy, there are a number of bodily changes that you can expect. Every woman is a little different, but there are a few changes that you can expect to occur. A number of physical changes are happening within your womb, and this can affect how you feel, how your body looks and the symptoms that you experience.
If you have not already dealt with frequent urination, then now is the time when it will start. You may feel like you have to go to the bathroom all the time. This is because of the progesterone hormone increasing in your body. The increased size of the baby also adds pressure on your bladder. You may also feel a but sluggish and tired, but it should gradually lessen during the second trimester. Normally, fatigue is worse in the first and third trimesters. During the second trimester, you normally get a second wind of energy.
Right now, your uterus is about the size of a grapefruit. This area of your body may feel heavy, and your tummy may feel full. You can see other changes around the abdominal area. Your waist will look wider and it may look like a small pot around your navel. Your breasts will definitely have grown in size by this point. Your body is preparing for breastfeeding, so your breasts will be larger, fuller and rounder than normal.
A drop in your blood sugar levels may lead you to feel weak and dizzy, although nausea and dizziness should be less than they were before. You may feel suddenly dizzy if you stand up or sit down to fast. Try to avoid sudden movements to help with this problem. On the bright side, your energy levels should increase during this trimester. This makes it a good time to spend time with your partner because your energy levels will probably drop again during the third trimester.
After experiencing rapid hormonal changes during the first trimesters, your moods will finally get a break. Your sense of well-being will most likely increase as your mood swings level out a bit. You may feel calmer and more tranquil during this month of your pregnancy.
What Changes Happen to Your Baby?
Your body isn’t the only thing going through changes. Your baby’s body is also starting to progress rapidly. The fingerprints have now formed. Facial features, the chin and the neck are now forming and can be seen on an ultrasound scan. Your baby’s eyes will now move from the neck to the sides of the baby’s head.
Now, your baby will start to respond to external things. If you poke your bump just slightly, your baby will react with a slight jerk. Your baby can also suck his thumbs now, and his nervous system works. His limbs are moving and functional now. Meanwhile, the eyebrows and hair start to develop. At the start of the fourth month of pregnancy though, your baby’s body is still covered with a king of fine hair known as Lanugo.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Your 4th Month of Pregnancy
1. Sleep on Your Left
Sleeping on your left side will help to boost your circulation. A pillow can be used between your legs and around your sides to make sleeping more comfortable. There are also pregnancy-specific pillows that you can buy.
A yoga teacher can help you learn breathing exercises that help you to relax and handle the mood swings associated with pregnancy. Yoga can also help you gently stay in shape and healthy throughout your pregnancy, but make sure to talk to your doctor before adopting any fitness program.
It is important to get exercise during pregnancy, but make sure to talk to your doctor first. While you might feel fatigued, exercise will help boost your energy levels and help you have an easier delivery.
4. Pay Attention to Your Weight
Your baby is not an adult, so the eating for two myth is just a myth. While it is normal to gain weight during pregnancy, you should make sure that you are eating healthy foods. Gaining excess weight does not actually help your baby develop.
5. Maternity Clothes
Now is the time to invest in your maternity clothes. Your abdominal muscles are going to start stretching, so your normal clothes are quickly becoming uncomfortable and tight. Try to find maternity clothes made of linen and cotton so that they breathe easily.
6. Nasal Congestion
Surprise! Nasal congestion is a common pregnancy symptom during the fourth month. You may have blocked ears, nose bleeds or a stuff nose. This is because of an increased blood supply to your mucous membranes. Bring tissues with you, and don’t worry about your frequent sneezes.
7. Eat Enough Fiber
This is the time to make sure that you are eating enough fiber. In addition to being a necessary part of your diet, it helps you reduce constipation. In addition, fiber helps your body to absorb nutrients properly. To help with constipation, you should also drink plenty of liquids like water and fruit juices.
8. Get Folic Acid and Iron
Your doctor may give you a prenatal vitamin or iron and folate supplements. You can also make sure to eat enough of these nutrients in your diet. Folic acid will help prevent your baby from having cognitive problems or neural tube defects.
The Don’ts of 4th Month Pregnancy
Right now, you should avoid lifting any heavy objects. Skip out on strenuous activities and do not sleep on your stomach. Your baby is starting to develop rapidly, so you may need to take extra rests throughout the day. Many women find that power naps can help reduce their fatigue.
Your gynecologist may also recommend getting certain tests during the fourth month to check the health and development of the baby. An amniocentesis checks your amniotic fluid, while a blood test may check your baby for Down syndrome. If you have any questions, this is a good time to talk to your doctor about your questions, concerns and expectations. The fetus is rapidly starting to grow and become a baby, so this is an exciting time during your pregnancy.
Eat healthily and stay in shape, but don’t overdo it too much. Make sure to get all of the vitamins you need for your pregnancy and drink plenty of fluids. While it can be thrilling to have a baby, it can also be scary. Talk to your doctor, partner and family member if you need extra support during this time.