Congratulations to you! You have reached the fifth month of your pregnancy. You might be excited to know that it is now possible that your baby is now big enough that you can feel those movements in your belly. You might even feel your baby’s hiccups soon.
Weighing about 7 ounces and having grown to about 5 and a half inches long, crown to rump, your baby is growing quickly. He’s growing bigger and moving more, and you may even be feeling it by now if he weighs enough to make those movements really count. His ears are in their final position on the sides of the head. If your baby is a boy, his genitalia is noticeable in an ultrasound by now, and a girl will have formed a uterus of her own and fallopian tubes that are now in place. Your baby has also now developed a unique set of fingerprints and footprints.
Starting about now, you’re probably going to start gaining about a pound or so a week. Your appetite will definitely be increasing significantly around now, so make sure to choose foods that are nutrient rich, and high in fiber to help prevent that all-too-common pregnancy constipation. Your body is working pretty hard right now, and your hair and nails may seem to be growing at rapid speeds. This is perfectly normal, and usually a welcomed side effect for many pregnant women. Since your body usually sheds up to 100 individual hairs from your head each day, and during pregnancy you will not be shedding much, if at all, your hair will probably feel thicker and fuller. Your cardiovascular system is working pretty hard too, so don’t be too concerned if your blood pressure is lower than usual for you, unless your doctor tells you to be concerned. Take your time standing up, since that rapid change in blood pressure may make you feel a bit dizzy or light headed. Now that you and your baby are quite a bit bigger now, its important to make sure not to lay flat on your back from here on out. Since your uterus is bigger and heavier, it may compress a major vein, which can be a significant issue to get blood to return to your heart properly. Lay to the side, or at least tilted to one side or another.