Six Months Pregnant: Symptoms & Fetal Development

At the sixth month pregnant, you are just a trimester away from actually holding your little one in your arms. Can you believe it? Well, yes, you will because as you approach your third trimester, the initial signs of pregnancy like morning sickness will subside. You’ll usually have a few more weeks before your tummy gets so big that your energy levels dip. Let’s explore the six months pregnant symptoms & fetal development stages to ensure a healthy mamma & baby.

6 Months Pregnant : Common Symptoms

At 6 months pregnant, you might experience some of these pregnancy symptoms. All of these symptoms are common during pregnancy, but you may not experience all of them:

  • Heartburn
  • Swollen ankles
  • Feeling unsteady on your feet
  • Itchy skin around your tummy, breasts, buttocks, and thighs
  • Backache
  • Increased appetite
  • Nasal problems
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Varicose veins
  • Leg cramps

If you feel too much itchy around your tummy, then apply a moisturizer over it. Don’t keep itching continuously as it will further give rise to increased stretch marks. 

Fetal Development

At 6 months pregnant, your little one is the size of an eggplant. Her organs are still growing and lungs are not completely developed. As the baby’s skin and muscles get matured, you can experience the baby’s movements in the form of kicks and squirms. Along with his weight increasing, she also grows in length and is now about a foot long. She starts reacting to sound.

You can determine the fetus position with ultrasound and see that the face of the baby is developed and the head is in proportion to the body. She can even sense light and darkness by this time, and also starts developing white blood cells to fight against diseases. The face of the baby would be complete by now including his eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair. The growth of hair depends upon genetics and some babies are born with a lot of hair while some are totally bald.

Your Body Changes

By 6 months of pregnancy, you will have gained quite a bit of weight as your baby grows. This will make spending prolonged stretches of time on your feet more uncomfortable, so put your feet up throughout the day whenever you can. Your size might also make finding a comfortable sleeping position more difficult; try using plenty of pillows to support you as you rest. The itchy skin you might feel as your skin stretches can be helped by applying moisturizer.

Sixth Month of Pregnancy Check List

  • Think about your birth plan: Start discussions about your birth plan with your doctor or midwife. Remember, not every factor can be planned for (especially if there’s an emergency), but it helps to think about your preferences and know your options before you’re in active labour. Birthing plans include things like what position you’d like to be in during labour, what your pain management preferences are, what comfort measures you’d like (such as music), and what you’d like to happen straight after your baby is born (for example, who should cut the umbilical cord).
  • Start baby proofing: Babyproof your home and car, and start to prepare your nursery so that you can get these big jobs out of the way before your tummy gets bigger in the third trimester.
  • Enjoy your baby shower: At 6 months pregnant, a friend or family member might start thinking about planning your baby shower. This is a chance for loved ones to celebrate your new baby. There can be a theme and some fun games where guests can help with baby name ideas. Here are some a fun baby shower games that you can explore
  • Read up on childbirth: Even after you attend prenatal classes, you may still have questions or concerns about the birth experience. Read up about childbirth and speak to mums about their experiences.
  • Relax as much as you can: Although you might feel you have much to organise and do, you should also set aside plenty of time to rest and relax.

Now that you are well informed about the six months pregnant symptoms & fetal development phases it is important to take care of yourself and take rest as and when you need it. Drink liquids to maintain the amniotic water levels for the baby. Get set for the next month i.e. the seventh month of pregnancy.

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