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Sixth Month of Pregnancy

Sixth Month of Pregnancy

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Baby’s Growth:

From the sixth month onwards, your developing baby will weigh more than the placenta.

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Until now, the placenta was heavier than your baby. Surprising right? Well from now on, the placenta will also keep growing but not as fast as your baby. By the sixth month, your baby weighs close to 1 kg (about 900 grams).

Fat Accumulation - During this month fat begins to accumulate on your baby’s body. However, the skin still hangs loosely and your baby will have a wrinkled appearance.

Development of Sensory Organs – Your baby’s senses are developing and the taste buds have started to form on the tongue. In this month, your baby is fine-tuning the sense of touch, thanks to the maturing brain cells and nerve endings.

Ear Development - The inner ear which is responsible for maintaining balance in the body is now completely developed.

You might get stretch marks on your stomach, breasts and thighs during the sixth month. At first appearance, they look red and then fade to grey color. Don’t worry, the marks will gradually fade away post delivery.

Development of Other Organs

Although your baby’s lungs have not yet started to work properly, your baby has already started practising breathing movements. Lungs have also started to produce a substance called as the surfactant that allows the air sacs in the lungs to blow up and keeps them from collapsing and sticking together when they go down.

By now, your baby gets into a pattern of sleeping and waking, which will not be same as yours. Your baby may be wide awake and moving about when you are in bed at night, trying to fall asleep.

Changes in Your Body

Falling Asleep Might Become Difficult Now – The problem will go on increasing as you approach your delivery date. Your doctor, may advise you to sleep on sides rather than sleepingon your back or stomach. Placing a pillow between your knees might be comfortable. This will help you to relieve the pressure of your weight while lying on your side.

Gestational Diabetes – Your doctor might advice you to get yourself tested for gestational diabetes.

Braxton Hicks Contractions - During this month you might also experience irregular painless contractions called as Braxton Hicks contractions which are nothing but signs of false labour. It is a way by which your body prepares for the real event.

Heartburn - As your pregnancy progresses there might be problems in digestion as well as acidity resulting in heartburn. This will make eating your favourite meals difficult. You may find it better to eat smaller but more frequent meals. You might also want to avoid eating spicy and fatty foods.

Disclaimer: Measurements are approximate

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