You about to pass the half-way point in your pregnancy, and your little baby has grown significantly. While he was once smaller than a pinhead, he is now starting to look clearly like a little baby. Your body has gone through significant changes during the last four months, and these changes are only going to continue during the fifth month of pregnancy.
5th Month Pregnancy Symptoms
Luckily, you will most likely have fewer pregnancy symptoms during the 5th month pregnancy than you did earlier on. Your growing baby means that your tummy is going to start to develop a decided bump, and you are also going to experience a number of other pregnancy symptoms at this time.
Your baby is continuing to grow, and he or she has to take up room in your womb. As he grows, the collagen tissues in your skin start to tear. This causes streaks to appear on your skin. Many pregnant women will develop stretch marks on their stomach, but they can also appear on your thighs, hips and breasts. About 90 percent of women will have stretch marks on their body. While they are painless, you might not enjoy having them. There are lotions and creams designed to prevent stretch marks and boost the elasticity of your skin.
Once you have the baby, the stretch marks will fade a bit. The extent of your stretch marks and how long they last depends significantly on your genetics. Controlling your weight gain during pregnancy and drinking plenty of water can also reduce their appearance and severity.
Constipation and Flatulence
Bloating will most likely remain a problem until you deliver. During early pregnancy, progesterone and estrogen causes muscles in your GI tract to loosen. This slows down the digestive process and can lead to bloating, gas and flatulence. In addition, your growing uterus adds pressure to the rectum, which increases the chances of developing these problems.
Right now, you can help reduce constipation and bloating by eating plenty of fiber and drinking a lot of fiber. If you do not like the flatulence, avoid foods like beans, onions, apples, cauliflower and broccoli. Skip out on chewing gum because this can cause you to swallow more air. In addition, chew slowly during meals to avoid swallowing air. Sulfur-rich foods like eggs and meat can also cause bad smelling flatulence.
Heartburn is a common symptom during the fifth month of pregnancy, and it will most likely hang around during the rest of your pregnancy. The influx in pregnancy hormones causes your gastrointestinal tract to relax. This allows stomach acids to go up through the esophagus, which leads to heartburn and irritation. While you cannot completely eliminate the heartburn, there are ways that you can control it. Do not eat too quickly or too much. Wear looser cloths and avoid fried or spicy food. Also, try not to eat within two hours of going to bed.
Unsurprisingly, your body is going to change during pregnancy. You have started to gain weight around your buttocks and hops. The baby is growing, so your belly button is pushed out. Your bump is starting to show, but the extra size of your baby can press against your lungs. As a result, you may feel uncomfortable or breathless. Small bumps develop around your nipples, and your breasts continue to grow. Varicose veins may develop, and hormonal changes may cause cramps. Some women develop swelling around their hands and feet as the body starts to retain fluid. Try to wear comfortable shoes and put your feet up. As your body needs to provide extra oxygen for your baby, your heart begins to beat faster as well.
While fatigue was probably worse in the first trimester, you may start to become tired again. The extra pressure on your uterus may make sleeping difficult because of discomfort. In addition, frequent trips to the bathroom may make sleeping difficult. If you feel unusually sleepy, talk to your doctor to make sure that you have not become anemic.
While you do not have to actually eat for two, you will need to eat a bit more to support the baby. If you did not gain weight during the first trimester, your weight gain will probably start to happen around now. You may feel hungry all of the time as your body tries to get enough nutrients for the baby. Make sure to drink plenty of water because your body often confuses thirst signals with hunger signals. You should also make sure to stock up on plenty of healthy snacks so that the extra weight gain comes from a healthy food source.
Common Concerns During the 5th Month Pregnancy
While being pregnant is exciting, there are a number of common concerns that women have as they approach the big day. Some of the most common concerns during the fifth month of pregnancy include:
Sex During Pregnancy
A number of parents are worried that having sex will hurt the baby, but this is generally not true. Unless your doctor has told you otherwise, safe is completely safe. Plus, some of the hormonal changes in your body will boost your sex drive. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, then your doctor may tell you to avoid sex. Otherwise, sex is generally not a problem because the baby is shielded within your womb.
Backaches and varicose veins are a common symptom during the second trimester. Varicose veins will often appear on the lower part of your body. Your body is pumping extra blood because of the baby, which puts extra pressure on your blood veins. In addition, your uterus is also putting extra pressure on the pelvis. All of these factors can increase the chances of varicose veins. Wear comfortable clothes and skip tight shoes or high heels. Also, make sure to walk to prevent varicose veins and keep your blood circulating properly.
As you prepare for delivery, your body is changing. The placenta and the ovaries create a hormone called relaxin. This hormone helps to relax the pelvic ligaments and soften your cervix. Meanwhile, the uterus is adding pressure to your lower back as it pushes your abdomen forward. All of these changes can cause you to experience back pain. Try using a footrest when you sit. If you are standing, put a foot on a low stool to reduce the pressure on your back. A warm bath can help with the pain.
Swollen Feet and Ankles,/strong.
Your feet may look swollen during the 5th month of pregnancy. Edema can occur during this month or later on in your pregnancy. Basically, the increased blood flow is causing your body to retain fluid. This can cause your hands, ankles and feet to be swollen. Avoid wearing tight shoes and relax. If your hands and face are extremely puffy or the swelling does not go away with rest, talk to your doctor because it could be a sign of preeclampsia.
Things to Remember During the 5th Month of Pregnancy
During this stage in your pregnancy, the baby’s organs are formed, but not completely matured. The lungs function by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid. The eyelashes, eyebrows and hair are starting to grow. Your baby can move, stretch and yawn. If you have eaten something he dislikes, he will also frown within the womb. His eyes are sensitive to light, so he will shield his eyes if you turn a bright light onto your abdomen. His bones are developing and he can start to hear sounds. If there is a sudden, loud sound, he will be startled by the noise. By the end of the 5th month of pregnancy, the baby will actively start to jump, exercise and push his muscles around.
In terms of diet, eat a healthy blend of fat, protein and carbohydrates. Do not go on a diet. Weight gain is normal during pregnancy as long as it comes from healthy sources. To help your baby grow, make sure to consume plenty of calcium, folic acid and iron. Folic acid can be found in foods like dried beans, lentils and green, leafy vegetables. Citrus fruits like oranges can provide you with thiamine, folic acid and vitamin C.
It Is Time for Dad’s to Step Up
While the mom may have to carry the child, it is up to the father to make her journey easier. Fatigue is a common pregnancy symptom, so fathers-to-be can help out by doing the housework, cooking dinner and giving the mom-to-be a break. Dads can also go to the ultrasound this month to support their partner and see the baby.
Every pregnancy is different, so fathers should be careful not to patronize her. The last thing she wants is someone to tell her what to do or how she should feel. There are already countless people giving her advice and telling her what to expect, so she will want someone to come home to who lets her relax and just experience her pregnancy as she wants to.