Pregnancy is the time of life, where you will cherish each and every moment forever in your life. Time is moving fast and you are in the 6th month of your pregnancy. You are just a trimester away to hold your bundle of joy in your arms.
You may have observed that during pregnancy your nails look stronger and your hair grows faster. Thank those extra hormones which help in growing faster and stronger. But this won’t last long after the delivery.
How big is the baby in the 6th month of pregnancy? Your baby will be around 25.6cm long and weighs around 300 grams. And your baby will be the size of an ear of corn and would be growing fast. Eyebrows and eyelashes usually develop in the 6th month of pregnancy.
Before your baby arrives, you are responsible for helping them grow in a healthy environment.
Common symptoms during 6th month of pregnancy
Initial symptoms that you faced in the first trimester like morning sickness may subside and you face other common discomforts, but you might not experience all of them.
- Swollen ankles
- Itchy skin around your tummy, breasts, buttocks, and thighs
- Increased appetite
- Nasal problems
- Varicose veins
- Leg cramps
Before your little champ arrives, you will be responsible for helping your baby to grow in a healthier environment.
Here is the list of pregnancy do’s and don’ts that can explain what you should worry about and what you really do not.
Do’s of 6th Month Pregnancy
- Do take multivitamins – A healthy diet alone may not be enough for an expectant mother. Being pregnant, you need to take a balanced diet that provides you with an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals.
Prenatal vitamins such as folic acid, calcium, and iron, help make sure you get the nutrients you require for a healthy pregnancy.
- Do get enough sleep – Hormonal changes and anxiety can make sleep difficult during your pregnancy. Try to set bedtime and wake-up time. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep, so that you can give enough rest to your body.
- Do prenatal checkups – For a healthy pregnancy, your doctor suggests regular checkups. You may require tests such as ultrasounds to monitor the baby’s growth and amniotic fluid. Make sure to stick to the schedule that your doctor recommends.
- Do workouts – Doing regular exercises like yoga, brisk walking, can help you gain an appropriate amount of weight and prepare you for the rigors of labor.
- Do moisturize – To avoid stretch marks, moisturize frequently as it will reduce itchiness and soothe your dry skin. Moisturizers help to decrease the itching.
Don’ts of 6th Month Pregnancy
- Don’t smoke – Babies born to those women who smoke are more likely to have a lower birth weight and are at higher risk for learning disabilities than infants born to women who won’t smoke.
- Don’t drink alcohol – Alcohol may affect a baby’s development. Mothers who drink alcohol during their pregnancy are more likely to deliver a baby with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
- Don’t drink too much caffeine – High intake of caffeine during pregnancy may increase your fetal heart rate. It can also affect a mother’s blood pressure.
However, research suggests that mothers can safely consume a cup of coffee every day.