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.
How big is my baby at six months?
At the start of the six-month range, around 23 weeks pregnant, your baby should be about 11 inches long and weighing just over a pound which is the same size as a grapefruit. During these four weeks your baby will go through rapid growth, doubling in weight. Near the 27 weeks pregnant mark, they could weigh nearly two pounds and be around 14 and a half inches long - about the size of a head of broccoli.
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.
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Are you getting enough (any?) sleep?
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 the 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.
And then there are all those digs in the ribs - but as the third-trimester rolls in you might have to figure out who’s doing the digging, the baby or your partner?
If it’s the latter then you might be one of those mummies to be who has started snoring. In fact, you might even be waking yourself up with all that racket! It’s another common side effect of hormones and weight gain in pregnancy so don’t worry too much and certainly don’t be embarrassed. If you’re snoring, then you’re sleeping and this is good.
You need to be well rested so that you can shop for all that stuff you’re going to need when the baby comes along. It’s around about now that you’ll really start feeling the need to purchase cots and bottles and gadgets. This is often a consequence of the desperate need to prepare and nest for your little one. You’ll no doubt buy things that will be utterly useless and never see the light of day but how are you supposed to know? If in doubt, check out the Mother & Baby Awards page as it is packed full of products that we know will prove useful!
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