You are now well past the halfway mark in your pregnancy and you are now in your sixth month. Your baby should measure about 36cm in length and weigh around 790gm. Additionally, the arms and legs are getting stronger every day, meaning you should now feel every kick and punch with some force.
What your baby is doing this week
Your baby is probably quite active and playful inside the womb, when it isn’t sleeping. When other people put their hands to your belly, they should be able to feel the movements from within. Space is also becoming a little tight inside, meaning the kicks and punches will feel even more pronounced.
With all the growing your baby is doing, you may notice long quiet spells. This is when your baby is sleeping.
There’s a lot of development that has been achieved by now. Your baby can hear noises outside of your body, but they will sound like it does when you hear noises from under water.
The eyes are also formed by now, and the eyelids are able to open just a tiny bit. Your baby still can’t see anything, but it won’t be long before it can.
The skin on your baby has changed from pink and transparent to thick skin with a normal coloration. This is due to the layer of fat that is starting to form underneath the skin.
Your uterus should be at a height of about 22cm by now. If you are smaller than this, your gynecologist will most likely order a Doppler ultrasound. This is to check the blood flow from the placenta, to ensure that your baby is getting all of the oxygen and nutrients it needs.
How mom is feeling
You may start to feel some pain in your pelvic floor. This is usually just the muscles adjusting to the new weight you are carrying and the shape of your abdomen as your baby gets bigger. Your muscles have to lengthen, relax and give way to make room for the baby. This is usually worse for first-time mothers, unless you had a caesarean previously. This can be quite painful after that kind of childbirth.
Always talk to your gynecologist if you are unsure about the pains or sensations you are feeling. It’s also important to ask before using any kind of pain medication.
The extra weight is probably also causing discomfort in your legs and back. Standing for long periods of time will very likely be uncomfortable. Staying in one position can also get very uncomfortable, which is why sleeping becomes difficult at this stage.
Swelling in your legs and ankles is another common problem woman face from around week 26. This is caused by the pressure of your baby pushing down on your blood vessels in the pelvic region, and causing poor circulation in the area. Fluid retention also leads to swelling in your body.
You can combat the swelling with a good, healthy diet and plenty of liquids to stay properly hydrated.
Anxiety at this stage is quite normal, but it’s important to not let it get the better of you. Your sleep can be disturbed by stress and this can then effect your unborn baby. Try to stay calm and relaxed. Go for walks, distract yourself with things like getting the nursery ready and rest whenever you can.