– Boy or girl? Time to know!
The most exciting time of your life might be when you are 5 months pregnant. This is because, in case you decide to do so, you could find out the gender of the little one.
Now you could do all the preparations for the room of the little one and start shopping for him or her. You may be so busy that you don’t even notice how fast your belly is growing during this month.
This shouldn’t be a problem in case you have bought some maternity clothes by now, that most probably you did, because it is an activity that women like.
What to Expect When you are Five Months Pregnant?
Most probably you have already gained about 10-14 pounds by now. This isn’t something you have to worry about. Just make sure that you have a healthy diet and that you do exercises on a regular basis.
During this time your heart has to be working a lot more than usual to be able to support both you and the baby. The same thing is true in case of your kidneys and lungs.
5th Month of Pregnancy Symptoms
1. Pregnancy Brain
It is common for women to see that they are more forgetful than usual. Also it is a common side effect of being pregnant not to be able to think as clearly as you used to. Although in some cases this symptom is quite annoying, it isn’t something that you should be worried about.
2. Pain and Cramps
Pregnant women often experience back pain and cramping in the legs and the arms. This is because they have to carry around a lot more weight than they usually do. Abdominal pain could also occur. To make it better you should rest as often as you can and also take advantage of all the massages that you get. You could go to a professional to receive a refreshing and relaxing massage to decrease the pain and discomfort that you are feeling.
During the 5th month of pregnancy, a lot of women observe a yellowing secretion coming from their nipples. This is called colostrum and it appears because your breasts are preparing to produce milk.
4. The Movements of the Little One
The truth is that the baby started moving in the previous month, but most probably you didn’t feel those movements. Nonetheless the movements that he or she makes during this month become easier to recognize.
5. Heartburn, Bloating and Indigestion
Keep in mind that when you are 5 months pregnant the growing uterus is putting quite some pressure on the organs around it, including the gastrointestinal tract. Because of this the digestion slows down, and this is why the majority of pregnant women experience bloating, heartburn and indigestion.
This is a common symptom of pregnancy, and although it is quite annoying, there are some simple remedies to fight it. The simplest thing that you could do is to drink plenty of water during your pregnancy, and soon you will see changes.
7. Hearty Appetite
In case you feel like you could eat a horse during your fifth month of pregnancy, you should remember that you don’t really have to eat for two. Even more, you don’t have to increase your calorie intake much. If you happen to have food cravings, you could have a little of different foods, but remember that the point is to gain as less weight as possible.
8. Varicose Veins
The extra weight that you have to carry doesn’t only affect your back, but also your veins. Since there is more weight to carry and there is also more blood to handle, it is common for pregnant women to be faced with varicose veins.
The rectal veins also have to handle more pressure, and this is why some women are faced with hemorrhoids during fifth month. These could turn out to be itchy or painful. There are some creams you could use while being pregnant. In the majority of the cases the hemorrhoids disappear after you give birth.
10. Skin Color Changes
In many cases women experience 5 months pregnant symptoms like having dark blotches of skin. These are caused by the pregnancy hormones. Also it is possible to be faced with darker nipples and areolas that appear for the same reason. Another symptom might be to have more prominent veins in the breasts.
11. Less Mood Swings
It is good news for the majority of women in their 5th month of pregnancy that they will have fewer mood swings. The level of hormones that were causing this bothersome symptom decreases and so it will be a lot easier to be around pregnant women. Nonetheless it might happen that you will feel like crying with no apparent reason.
5 Months Pregnant and Baby Evolution
During this time the baby will start looking a lot more like a regular baby. You can be sure that he or she doesn’t get bored in the womb, because there are some activities that the little one can do, such as yawning, hiccuping, and even blowing bubbles.
Another interesting thing to know is that the baby becomes sensitive to light and he or she can sense whether you are in a bright or dark environment. In case you are in bright surroundings, the little one could use his or her hands to cover the eyes. He or she also becomes sensitive to the sounds.
Mother’s Responsibilities in 5 Months Pregnancy
- You should have an ultrasound during 5 month pregnancy. This way you will be able to find out about the gender of the baby and also about the due date. This is the first time when you will be able to see your little one.
- Make sure that you rest enough. This period is tiresome for pregnant women both from a physical and mental point of view. You have to handle all the emotions not to mention the extra weight that you have to carry around and the symptoms that you have to deal with when being 5 months pregnant.
Want to know what happens next month? Here’s what to expect when you are 6 months pregnant!
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