This is the sixth month of the most beautiful journey to motherhood. The sixth month of pregnancy also marks the end of the second trimester. Enjoy this month and get relaxed, shop for the baby and pamper yourself as once the third-trimester starts, you won’t get much time or have the energy to do all these.
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Sixth Month of Pregnancy
What to expect in the sixth month of pregnancy
During the sixth month of Pregnancy, you will experience various symptoms mostly caused due to your ever-growing baby and your increased belly and body weight. You may expect following in the sixth month of pregnancy.
By the sixth month of pregnancy, your uterus moves above the abdomen and grows in size as the baby continues growing. You would feel fatigued all the time.
Food cravings and appetite
You would feel hungrier as your body requires extra energy for yourself and your little one. Have frequent meals and satisfy your food cravings, but be careful of the quality and nutrition of the food.
Heartburn, indigestion, and constipation
Heartburn, indigestion, and constipation continue throughout the pregnancy as your digestive system loses its efficiency. Avoid oily and spicy food and keep yourself hydrated.
By the end of the sixth month of pregnancy, your belly must have grown considerably. This is the best time to enjoy and proudly flaunt your baby bump rather than hide it. You look beautiful and glowing during your pregnancy and enjoy this special feeling.
Pregnancy hormones and increased blood flow cause hot flashes during the sixth month of pregnancy also. Heat may cause rashes that can be managed easily.
During the sixth month of pregnancy, you may experience swelling in your legs, ankles, and arms. Some may have even near their eyes or on the face. This is known as edema and is normal and caused due to retention of fluids in the tissue by your body to provide nutrition for you and your baby. Excessive swelling accompanied by high protein in urine and high blood pressure is a condition to worry and you should consult your doctor. To reduce swelling, avoid standing for a long time and also avoid tight clothes like socks or stockings. Sleeping on your left side also helps the kidney in eliminating waste and thus reduce fluid retention. Take frequent breaks by resting your feet high.
With progressing pregnancy, you would experience snoring. Your pregnancy hormones cause swelling of the mucous membranes and increasing weight also causes swelling near head and neck which may result in snoring. Gestational diabetes could also be the reason for snoring. Keep your head elevated to reduce snoring.
Insomnia is common in the later months of pregnancy but some experience sleeplessness starting from the sixth month of pregnancy. Hormonal changes, frequent urination, increased weight around your belly and the baby kicks make it hard to have a comfortable good night’s sleep. Heartburn also adds to inconvenience. Eat two hours before your sleep time, read some book or listen to relaxing music or take a warm bath before sleeping to induce a good sleep.
During the sixth month of pregnancy, you start experiencing the body ache and feel tired. The ever-growing uterus puts pressure on the ligaments of the abdomen and thus causes body ache. It is normal and nothing to worry but if the pain is unbearable with frequent contractions then you should consult your doctor.
Increased blood flow causes a tingling sensation in your hands and legs. If you have desk work or you work on computers for long durations, then take a break frequently and shake your hands frequently. Avoid sleeping on your hand.
Development of the baby during the sixth month of pregnancy
The little one or your baby grows very fast and by the end of the sixth month of pregnancy, it becomes around 13 inches long with all developed body parts. The baby also starts gaining weight.
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Length of the baby: around 13 inches long.
Weight of the baby: around 700 grams.
Baby development during the sixth month of pregnancy
- From the onset of the sixth month of pregnancy, the baby starts steadily gaining weight which helps in keeping your baby warm.
- Baby’s organs keep on maturing though growth rate slows down.
- Oil glands secrete Vernix to keep it safe in the amniotic fluid.
- Baby’s muscles develop and start becoming stronger. Eyelids and eye muscles go stronger and baby can now open eyes.
- Baby responds to stimuli and can now listen to the music or your voice.
- Bones of the inner ear start forming and makes the baby realize when it is upside down.
- Baby’s skin is still wrinkled as baby has to yet gain more weight.
- White blood cells of your baby start forming and help the baby to fight infections.
- You may also feel your baby’s hiccups also.
- Baby’s skin turns pinkish because of the presence of blood vessels underneath it.
- Baby constantly swallows its surrounding amniotic fluid, digests it and its kidney excretes it as urine.
What to expect at doctor’s office
The Ob/Gyn would conduct various tests during the sixth month of pregnancy.
- The doctor would record your blood pressure and your weight.
- A urine sample will be collected and checked for proteins.
- Blood sugar levels will also be tested for gestational diabetes.
Diet during the sixth month of pregnancy
By the sixth month of pregnancy, you must be feeling a lot hungrier and as the proverb goes “eat for two” but be careful while choosing the food.
- Emphasize nutrients for the overall development of your little one. Essential nutrients like folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamins, and minerals are required.
- Folic acid helps your body to produce extra blood, iron helps in carrying oxygen in the blood from the lungs and prevents anemia.
- Calcium helps in the development of bones and keeps them strong.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet by including fruits, green, leafy vegetables, nuts and dairy products.
Some of the major things that you must include in your diet plan are as follows:
Precautions during the sixth month of pregnancy
- Stay calm, relaxed and do not stress yourself. Keep a positive mind frame.
- Keep yourself well hydrated and include fiber-rich food to avoid constipation and then later hemorrhoids.
- Take frequents rest and avoid standing or sitting for long. Keep your feet up to reduce swelling.
- Maintain good posture while sitting, standing or walking to avoid back strain.
- Wear loose, clean, soft, cottony, comfortable, and light colored maternity clothes to keep yourself in a good mood and relaxed.
- Do some breathing and stretching exercises after consulting your doctor. Take small walks in the fresh air to keep yourself fit.
- Always maintain good posture to avoid straining your back muscles. Take breaks from regular sitting and walk a bit or lie down.
- Avoid lifting weights and bending down or making any fast, sudden movements.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing with flat and comfortable shoes.
Reminders to keep in your mind
Here are the sixth-month pregnancy tips
The sixth month of pregnancy is a beautiful phase which marks the completion of the second trimester. You would be more relaxed than the third semester. Indulge yourself in a good spa and pamper yourself as later you won’t get the time. Go for an outing or a holiday. You could also plan for your delivery and prepare a checklist. Shortlist the baby names and start preparing for the welcome of the new one.
“Enjoy your Path to Mom. Relish every moment!”
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