At six months pregnant, you’re nearing the end of your second trimester.
You might be feeling pretty energized and excited about your baby’s arrival in a few months, even if you’re dealing with common pregnancy symptoms like heartburn, hot flashes, and backaches.
Inside your belly, your baby is making great strides in development this month, as his lungs and sucking reflex are nearly ready for when he makes his grand entrance!
During the 6th month, your fetus starts to develop blood cells, taste buds, eyebrows and eyelashes.
What happens during week 21 – 22?
The fetus has a CRL of about 7 inches (18–19 cm).
Bone marrow starts making blood cells.
Taste buds begin to form.
What happens during week 23 – 24?
The fetus has a CRL of about 8 inches (20 cm).
Eyebrows and eyelashes usually develop between weeks 23 and 26.
What are the symptoms of pregnancy in the sixth month?
Pregnancy symptoms from the fourth and fifth month usually continue.
Shortness of breath may improve.
Your breasts may start producing colostrum — tiny drops of early milk.
This may continue throughout the rest of your pregnancy.
Some women have Braxton-Hicks contractions when they’re 6 months pregnant.
They feel like a painless squeezing of the uterus or abdomen.
This is the uterus’s way of practicing for labor and delivery.
Braxton-Hicks contractions are normal and not a sign of early labor.
But check with your doctor if you have painful or frequent contractions or if you have any concerns.
Those pesky pregnancy hormones are at it again, this time relaxing the valve between your stomach and esophagus.
This allows stomach acids to leak into the esophagus, causing that uncomfortable burning sensation.
If you’re bothered by heartburn, try eating about six smaller meals each day (rather than three larger meals), and try to avoid foods that seem to make it worse, such as spicy or fried dishes, citrus, and chocolate.
When you’re six months pregnant and your tummy continues to grow, the increase in weight begins to put more stress on your back muscles, and can cause lower back pain.
A warm bath can be soothing, and if the pain persists, talk to your healthcare provider about safe pain relievers you can take.