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6 months pregnant: Signs, symptoms and baby development

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At six months pregnant you're approaching the end of your second trimester, which means you're between 23-27 weeks pregnant

The pregnancy will be taking an increasing toll on your body and you'll probably begin to feel far more tired, perhaps hungrier and as your bump grows bedtimes may become a little bit more uncomfortable at this stage. 

Signs, symptoms and baby development at 6 months pregnant

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

  • Your growing belly and back pain: By six months you're likely to have a definite baby bump growing. With the growth and your centre of gravity changing you may experience back pain. The ligaments in your back and pelvis have also softened preparing you for labour and may contribute to the back pain. There are a few things you can do here to help alleviate any pain, such as wearing flat shoes, bending at the knees when picking stuff up, getting as much rest as possible, having a pregnancy massage or even trying out some pregnancy yoga.

  • Swelling feet and ankles: 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. This swelling is best raised with your midwife or GP as they can rule out if this is linked to a rare, but serious blood pressure condition, called pre-eclampsia. 

  • Leg cramps: Sometimes at this stage leg cramps and especially in the middle of the night, can be common. Stretching and keeping hydrated can help here, although sadly won't stop the cramps from occurring completely. 

  • Those pregnancy 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 and definitely speak to your midwife about diet and how many extra calories is recommended per day at this stage for you.

  • Snoring: Due to hormones changing so much, pregnant women often experience snoring at this stage of pregnancy. 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 may be 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.

Your baby's development at 6 months pregnant:

Find out what your baby is doing at six months pregnant here.

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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.

Should I be eating for two?

As advised by the NHS, there is no need to eat for two. The guide for pregnant women is to eat as healthy and balanced a diet as possible. It's advised to eat plenty of fruit and veg during your week - the more colourful your plate looks the better. Some of the best foods to eat during pregnancy include spinach, oily fish, carrots, milk, mushrooms and meat.

Another way to stay healthy is to implement some exercise into your week, a walk counts too! 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. Remember to discuss with a GP or midwife before attempting any exercise you haven't done before. For example it may not be advised to start running during pregnancy if you weren't a runner before. 

Things to think about now: Checklist at 6 months pregnant

 

 
  • Author: Maria Martin Maria Martin
  • Job Title: Online Editor

Maria is the Online Editor for Mother&Baby. She is a biker, mama-of-one who enjoys baking and taking her little one to messy play. Maria's focus is around breastfeeding, post-partum depression and weaning. She aspires to help fellow mums through pregnancy, motherhood and beyond by discussing issues such as mental health and self-care. You can find Maria on Instagram and LinkedIn. Maria has won Bauer Media Awards for 2018 Digital Editor Of The Year and 2017 Digital Talent Of The Year.