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Month by Month: Second Trimester

 


What's Happening In My Body?


Month Four: 
During the fourth month, your appetite will begin to increase again, and you may find yourself craving certain foods. You may have to urinate more frequently during the night. Despite these changes, you feel a new calmness - you’re becoming accustomed to pregnancy.


Month Five:
The risk of miscarriage is past. Morning sickness subsides and your appetite continues to increase. You may even have a decrease in your need to urinate as your body adapts to pregnancy.


Month Six: 
You will now feel distinct fetal movements, especially after you palpate your abdomen, eat, drink a cold beverage, or walk for five minutes. You may even feel some achiness in your lower abdomen. You will notice that your skin pigmentation darkens to form a line between your belly button and your pubic area. By the sixth month, you finally look pregnant. Your skin may itch as it stretches. You may feel sharp twinges on the sides of your belly as the ligaments that supportyou’re your uterus expand. Surprisingly, you may also take more pleasure in sex. Your breasts will begin to produce colostrum, the baby’s first milk.


What’s Happening To My Baby?


Month Four: 
Your baby weighs about five ounces and is between 2 and 3 inches long, just about the size of the palm of your hand. The head is out of proportion to the body. And, while it’s not possible to tell yet if your baby is a boy or a girl, he or she does have ears and eyes now.


Month Five
The baby is about 4 inches long now. The growth of the baby’s body is now catching up with the head. Fingers and toes are well defined. This is the month you may feel the first fetal movements and will be able to detect the baby’s heartbeat.


Month Six
The baby is very active now. He can turn head over heels and kick. He has periods of waking and sleeping. He hiccups, and can suck his thumb. His eyes open, close, and blink. Already, a baby girl’s ovaries are completely formed and contain her lifetime supply of eggs. Male sperm changes every 90 days, but it’s not present until adolescence. Hair has begun to grow on the baby’s head, and white eyelashes have appeared. He is covered with a thick covering of vernix, a white, creamy substance that protects your baby’s skin before birth. At six months, your baby is about 8 to 10 inches long and weighs between 1 and 1.5 pounds.


 


 


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