Congratulations, you have reached the 6th month of your pregnancy! If you have been following the tips, do’s and don’ts regarding your diet plan you’ll enjoy being healthy and active during the entire pregnancy.
The size of the baby
The baby resembles an eggplant during this stage.
Weight/height of the baby
The weight of the baby is around 450 grams and the baby measures around 29cm.
About your baby
During this stage, your baby does not move at a consistent pace so don’t be worried regarding the movements of your baby. Your little one can stay against your belly for a long period of time – around a day or multiple hours. However, if you can’t feel the movement of the baby for longer durations then you should consult your OBGYN. During this stage, your baby stays in the upright position i.e. the head is away from the birth canal and cervix.
Also, during this week, all parts of the body have completed their development including your baby’s face. The skin of your baby becomes reddish and slightly wrinkled due to the absence of connective tissue. Till this stage, most of the organ systems of the body have completed their development while still there is time left for the differentiation of the central nervous system and respiratory system. Your baby looks similar to the newborn but the fatty supplies of your baby are still growing. Your baby can also recognize the sounds from the external environment, while the taste buds of your little one are still developing. The internal organs of your baby are in their functioning form especially their spleen and liver.
About your body
Most of the symptoms like morning sickness, nausea, fatigue, and others which you’d usually experience during the first trimester are now over! However, your body is still in the changing phase as the hormonal levels are still in full swing.
You will feel abdominal pain along with lower back pain which resembles menstrual cramps. You might confuse these pains with contractions so keep in mind that contractions are generally rhythmic and appear at an interval of 10-15 minutes. Braxton’s hick’s contractions or false labour is generally experienced before true labour. Heartburn indigestion is also commonly experienced during this stage. You might feel slight discomfort and pain in the pelvic joints. Bloating, gas and constipation are also commonly experienced during this stage. You’ll also experience increased vaginal discharge with foul smell at this stage.
Do & Don’ts / Advice / Checklist / Tips
- Prepare the nursery for your child
- Adjust your home during this period
- Buy some clothes for your baby
- Plan the postpartum childcare for your baby according to your joining date for work
- Consider taking a test for gestational diabetes, the best time to undergo screening for gestational diabetes is during the second trimester
Enjoy your second trimester of pregnancy, take enough rest and start preparing for your child!