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Six months pregnant

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six months pregnant: advice, symptoms and what to expect

You have arrived at month six of your pregnancy (23-27 weeks pregnant). You're probably losing sleep, feeling mega hungry and panic buying things you don't even need. 

Your baby's development at six months pregnant:

Find out what your baby is doing at six months

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1) Your baby weighs as much as a swede

At 25 weeks, your baby will weigh as much as a swede, coming up to 650g. 
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2) Their eyes are developed

Your baby's eyes are now so developed that they know the difference between light and dark. In a couple of weeks, they will open fully. 
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3) Your baby is plumping up

Throughout the sixth month, your baby will be plumping up and storing fat. This will keep them warm after birth. 
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4) Eyelashes and eyebrows are here!

Your baby's eyelashes and eyebrows normally form between 23 and 26 weeks
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5) Wrinkled skin 

Your baby's skin will have gone a reddish colour by now, and wrinkled.

Their veins are also more visible as the baby's skin is translucent. 
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6) They could be born premature

If your baby is born prematurely at six months or after 23 weeks, your baby can survive with intensive care.

Your body at six months pregnant:

Here are common symptoms you may be experiencing at this milestone:

Baby bump:

By six months you're likely to have a definite baby bump going on and it feels good.

You’ve probably never been prouder of anything and quite right too. 

And frankly, everyone else around you is glad of that burgeoning bump as they can finally banish the ‘is she or isn’t she?’ conversations they’ve been having behind your (slightly wider) back.

Swelling:

It’s around now that you might notice your ankles, feet and hands becoming swollen.

First of all, if you didn’t already have a visible enough excuse to put your feet up, you really do now so get them up whenever you can and rest.

Mostly swelling is all part and parcel of the pregnancy process and frankly, if you don’t have at least a short period of looking and feeling like the Michelin Man then you have been short-changed of this glamorous experience.

But, do mention any swelling that you feel is excessive to your GP or midwife.

Cravings:

At this stage, your baby is really growing and developing so your appetite can go through the roof.

Providing fuel for both them and you is a hungry business. Your body needs extra nutrients and vitamins to support your babies organs which can result in weird cravings.

Make sure you don't deprive yourself but don't go overboard. Opt for healthy things like fruit, vegetables and whole grains over junk.

Snoring:

Pregnant women often experience snoring at this stage of pregnancy because of pesky hormones. 

High levels of oestrogen and progesterone cause the blood vessels in your nose to open wider as well as the swelling of your mucous membranes - all this contributes to congestion and snoring.

Sleeplessness:

Getting a good night's sleep during pregnancy is important but tossing and turning has taken on a new meaning this month.

As mother nature gives you a taste of what it’s like to be up half the night, you’re ready to swing for the next person who says ‘get used to it'.

It might be a tad early for sleeplessness yet, but it will kick in at some point and the reasons for it are delightfully varied and endless.

If it’s not your bladder nagging you to get up, it’s a simple fact that you no longer have any idea how to get comfortable.

If there is one enjoyable part of being kept awake, it has to be the wiggling sensations of your little one in the depths of the night.

There’s nothing quite like the moment you find yourself giggling in the darkness as you and your precious cargo share a moment of wakefulness in the quiet of the night.

Things to think about...

Should I be eating for two?

Once you’ve rested those swollen ankles sufficiently, it’s time to get all Nigella in the kitchen...or maybe not quite Nigella with all that butter and cake and sweet stuff, because it turns out that pregnancy is not an excuse to eat endless treats...so maybe pick another food guru, but do eat and do eat well.

By now, you could eat a horse, all the time, at every meal. Your body is in overdrive and you need fuel.

But, what to eat?

You can, of course, treat yourself to tea and biccies here and there but what you and baby need is nutrition so this is a great time to finally embrace kale, or almonds or find out what ‘eating clean’ means (it’s nothing to do with washing up).

Now is definitely not the time for dieting, but it’s just a good time to take stock of what you’re eating and to say ‘OK, cakes are not appropriate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.’

Just make sure you get some goodness in there and stick to a good nutritious diet. You could try adding some superfoods to give you an extra nutrient boost.

If you are struggling to control your eating during pregnancy, it is always a good idea to keep up exercise.

Exercise is perfectly safe during pregnancy and you can try a calming yoga or pilates session to stretch those aching muscles and make you feel relaxed.

If that doesn't grab you, a gentle walk is really all you need to burn a few calories, make you feel good and most importantly, slow down that weight gain.

Now read:

5 ways to beat pregnancy indigestion

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