Now that you are closing in your the end of your second trimester, you are about to enter the final stretch of your pregnancy. Finally, it is starting to seem real. Months ago, it seemed impossible that your tiny fetus would one day be a child. Now, your growing baby bump is a constant reminder that you are about to have a bundle of joy in your life! During this time, you can expect a number of 6th month pregnancy symptoms. Learn more about how the baby is developing, body changes to expect and different pregnancy tips.
6th Month Pregnancy Symptoms
During the sixth month, there are a number of pregnancy symptoms that you can expect. While morning sickness has probably died down, there are other symptoms that may pop up.
Your baby needs the right nutrients to develop. The baby’s organs have developed, but they still need to mature all the way. During this time, you may have an increase in appetite as your body seeks out the nutrients that it needs to support the baby’s growth. You may have food cravings and feel constantly hungry. While you may have food cravings, try to stick to healthy food choices. Junk food will not supply the nutrients that your baby needs. Since your body can confuse thirst and hunger signals, make sure that you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day. To reduce bloating and flatulence, try to eat several small meals throughout the day instead of two or three larger meals.
Many women experience backaches during pregnancy, and this pregnancy symptom will probably remain until you have finished labor. The hormone relaxin starts to loosen the muscles in your lower abdomen and pelvis. As the baby grows in size, your growing uterus pushes the abdomen forward and makes your lower back curve. All of these changes can cause your back to hurt frequently. To remedy this problem, put your feet up as much as possible. Try to sit and stand with a proper posture. Since stilettos and high heels can worsen the pain, try to wear just comfortable shoes.
Edema is a common symptom during this month. Your body needs extra blood flow to support the baby, but the pressure in your pelvis can cause your hands and ankles to become swollen. While a little swelling is normal, make sure to watch it careful. In rare cases, swelling can be a sign of preeclampsia. If this is the case, it will probably arrive with other symptoms like high blood pressure and high protein levels in your urine. To avoid edema, keep your feet up and avoid wearing tight clothes. Try not to stand for too long at any time. If it is a problem, make sure to talk to your doctor about your symptoms.
Indigestion and constipation are unfortunately common symptoms during pregnancy. This may be due to the way hormones cause your bowel muscles to relax and slow down your digestion. The growing uterus can add pressure on your bowels and lead to indigestion. While constipation and indigestion may be common pregnancy symptoms, you do not have to just live with them. Left untreated, the constipation could even lead to hemorrhoids. Make sure to eat plenty of fiber, drink fluids and exercise regularly. Probiotic-rich foods may help. If nothing seems to do your trick, then talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for laxatives or stool softeners.
Snoring is another unfortunate symptom during your sixth month of pregnancy. This is another result of your pregnancy hormones. These hormones make your mucous membranes swell, and your extra weight gain increases the risk of snoring as the tissues in your neck and head swell. While snoring generally is not a problem, it could also be an early symptom of gestational diabetes. To make sure that it is not an issue, your doctor may take a urine or blood test. In the meanwhile, a nasal strip or sleeping on your side can help reduce the snoring. Using a pillow to elevate your head a bit may also help.
Your weight is starting to increase a bit, and the baby bump is starting to show. In the sixth month of pregnancy, the uterus will generally rise about an inch above the belly. As it pushes outward, your belly button pops out. The belly button will remain like this until several weeks after delivery when it returns to normal. The extra pressure from the growing uterus can also add pressure to your blood cells and lead to dizziness.
Common Concerns During the 6th Month of Pregnancy
During this time, there may be some symptoms and experiences that you are concerned about. Some of the most common pregnancy concerns include:
All of your body changes are not just visual because you can feel them as well. Your growing uterus may lead to round ligament pain. This and other changes can cause you to feel fatigued, tired and under pressure. The ligaments from your pelvic area to your abdomen stretch out significantly, which can cause a dull ache. This ache can last for several minutes or several hours. Normally, it is nothing to worry about, but talk to your doctor immediately if you also experience frequent contractions or a fever.
During the end of the second trimester and the third trimester, you may suffer from insomnia. This could be because of your frequent bathroom trips, or the baby could be kicking your womb and keeping you awake. Becoming comfortable is difficult, so getting a solid night of sleep can seem impossible. To improve your sleep quality, eat at least two hours before bedtime. Avoid caffeine and eat slowly. A warm bath and a comfortable bed can make it easier to fall asleep.
As your blood flow increases, it can put added pressure on your hands and feet. This can result in a tingling sensation. This is especially common if you sit at a desk or spend a long time in front of a computer. Try not to sleep on your hands and stretch your hands to relieve the tingling pain.
The extra blood flow has another unfortunate symptom. With extra blood rushing to the uterus, you can end up with varicose veins. These veins can look blue or purple in color and tend to appear on the lower part of your body. Varicose veins are more likely if your mother or family members have suffered from them as well. Putting your feet up, exercising and wearing comfortable clothes can help prevent them. In addition, avoid sitting with crossed legs. If you gain too much weight too fast, it can increase the chances of having varicose veins. Luckily, this pregnancy symptom will often go away within a few months after the baby is born.
The Baby’s Development During the 6th Month of Pregnancy
Your baby is continuing to grow rapidly in length and weight. His skin looks pink in color because of the blood vessels forming under his skin. His longs are maturing, but they are still not quite ready to actually breath yet. By the end of the sixth month of pregnancy, the baby’s fingernails and toenails will be developed and visible on an ultrasound. The baby responds to sound now and is learning to respond to your and your partner’s voices.
Tips During the 6th Month of Pregnancy
Right now, your baby’s upcoming birth is probably on your mind all the time. Unfortunately, your pain, discomfort and low energy may get in the way of your excitement. If you have not done so already, it is time to start considering the clothes, crib and other baby items for your new one. If you were thinking of traveling, talk to your doctor because it is generally safe to travel during the second trimester.
When it comes to your diet, continue to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Try to avoid junk food because your baby needs the right nutrients in order to grow. Make sure to eat plenty of iron, folic acid and calcium. Calcium helps your baby’s bones grow strong, and folic acid helps your body produce blood for the baby. Iron helps to carry oxygen from your lungs to the baby. Focus on getting plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts.
For fathers-to-be, it is time to be supportive. Mothers-to-be should also be thoughtful about their partner. While carrying a baby is thrilling and stressful at times, the father has just as many doubts and fears about becoming a parent as you do. Let him help and get involved in the process. As you figure out how to prepare for parenthood, make sure to involve him in all of the decisions.
If you have not done so already, start thinking of a name for your baby. At the doctor’s office, you will most likely be tested for gestational diabetes. The doctor makes you drink a can of glucose water and draws blood an hour later. The test will show if you have a higher than normal level of sugar in your body. If so, your doctor will give you advice on how to change your diet and the other steps that you should take.