Fifth-month Pregnancy: Symptoms, development, and tips.
You have reached the fifth month of pregnancy and that is almost the completion of half the journey. The changes in the body continue. Changes are going on in your body and your child is growing rapidly.
Development in the mother.
The best part of your fifth-month pregnancy is that you can feel your baby moving. The kicking is active. During the fifth month, you may suffer from heartburn, constipation, shortness of breath, gum bleeding, and nose bleeding. The breast size will increase as much as 2 cups bigger by this time.
Other than this, you will also have these symptoms:
- Itchy Skin and Stretch marks: As your tummy grows, your skin will start to have stretch marks.
- Skin Pigmentation: The fluctuating hormone levels in your body can cause the darkening of the skin. It can happen due to the rise in melanin production.
- High Blood Pressure: Not all but a few pregnant females may begin to have blood pressure problems.
- Palpitation: At times due to high pulse rate and heart rate, you may have palpitation
- Noticeable Veins: The noticeable veins can appear on your skin’s face. There are chances you have varicose and spider veins in your legs.
You will feel more energetic in comparison to the previous months of pregnancy. The tummy seems to grow and hence you will have itchy skin. As the tummy grows outwards, the belly button protrudes outside. As the weight increases gradually, you will find it difficult to balance your body. You may also suffer from cramping in the legs.
Development in the baby.
In the fifth month, your baby is putting on weight which causes the size of the uterus to grow. The eyebrows and hair are ready by now. The baby is super active and the kicking is sudden. Though it can be disturbing at times, it indicates good baby growth.
The muscle growth is fast and your baby exercises them. In the fifth month, the baby is about 10 inches long. It may weigh up to 1 pound.
Tips for the fifth-month pregnancy.
- Visit your doctor for a regular check-up and also to check for importance scar done in this month.
- You must eat protein-rich food as it ensures the physical development of the baby. The amino acids in the proteins are the building block of the body.
- Include whole grains in your diet.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Make sure you eat plenty of calcium as suggested by your doctor. It is essential to give strength to your baby’s bone as well as your body.
- Eat multivitamins, zinc, and folic acid for the proper development of your child.
- Avoid exertion and go for low impact exercises that include swimming, yoga, and walking.
- Prefer to practice work-out with the trainer.