Fifth month of pregnancy: Halfway through

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In the fifth month of pregnancy, you can feel your baby kicking and moving. However, you will find yourself settling down. Read on

In your fifth month, you're showing more now, with an obvious swelling in your lower abdomen. And with a weight gain of 3-5 kg, you will surely be having an increased appetite. A mid-pregnancy ultrasound might be performed between now and 22 weeks to assess fetal growth and development and to verify the due date. Your heart has to work 40 per cent to 50 per cent harder now to support your pregnancy.

Some of the common changes that you might face during the fifth month of pregnancy are:

  • Rise in body temperature
  • Hot flashes
  • Skin irritation
  • Leg ache
  • Heartburn

 

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What is happening with your baby

So, your baby has now started moving inside. The foetus is now about 8 inches long. Your baby's skin is protected by a waxy coating called vernix, and downy hair called lanugo cover the body. Kidneys are producing urine, which is excreted into the amniotic fluid surrounding your baby. Last, he has started sucking his thumb and feet.

Watch this video to understand more:

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