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At six months pregnant, you’re at the tail end of the second trimester. This means you’ll usually have a few more weeks before your tummy gets so big that your energy levels dip.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms at Six Months Pregnant

At around the six month mark, you might experience some of these pregnancy symptoms. All of these symptoms are common during pregnancy, but you may not experience all of them:

  • Heartburn
  • Puffiness or swelling in hands, feet, or face
  • Feeling unsteady on your feet
  • Itchy skin around your tummy, breasts, buttocks, and thighs
  • Backache
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Increased appetite
  • Snoring
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Varicose veins
  • Leg cramps

Six Months Pregnant: Changes Inside and Out

Your Baby’s Development: Your baby’s eyelids will open this month, and he will be able to respond to loud noises. Your baby’s taste buds will also be able to taste, through the amniotic fluid, the different flavors of what you’re eating. That’s why you might notice a more active baby after eating spicy foods. Your baby’s heartbeat is loud enough to be heard through a stethoscope now, and your husband may even pick up these tiny beats by holding an ear against your belly.

Changes to Your Body: By month six, you will have gained quite a bit of weight as your baby grows. This will make spending prolonged stretches of time on your feet more uncomfortable, so put your feet up throughout the day whenever you can. Your size might also make finding a comfortable sleeping position more difficult; try using plenty of pillows to support you as you rest. The itchy skin you might feel as your skin stretches can be helped by applying moisturizer.

You might also experience swelling of your feet, ankles, hands, and face — call your doctor right away if the swelling is sudden or severe.

Get Creative and Organized

Use this time to do productive things like setting up your baby registry, helping your baby shower host plan the baby shower, decorating and preparing the nursery, and choosing a baby name. You can also shop for essentials that your newborn will need, like baby clothes, a stroller, and plenty of diapers.

Two Months Pregnant: Changes Inside and Out

Fetal Development: In the second month of pregnancy, your little one, now known as a fetus, develops facial features such as the mouth, tongue, and nose. The eyelids close over and won’t open for several months. The buds of the ears will grow into a more prominent ear shape. In addition to little fingers and toes, toenails will grow. Your little one may start to make small movements, though you won’t be able to feel these yet.

By the end of the second month of pregnancy, the organs, skeleton, and limbs will be in place. The placenta will have also formed and will provide nutrients to your little one over the rest of the pregnancy.

Changes to Your Body: At this stage, your body won’t look dramatically different, but your breasts may start to feel heavier and look fuller. At some point during pregnancy, some women also develop red- and purple-colored varicose veins, caused by increased blood volume and elevated hormone levels. Exercise can help prevent varicose veins, and for many women, they subside a few months after the delivery.

Second Month of Pregnancy Quick List

  • Early pregnancy appointments: Keep all of your prenatal appointments to make sure you’re staying healthy and progressing well. As early as this month, and often at your first appointment, your healthcare provider will be able to hear the fetal heartbeat.If you are expecting twins or more there will be more than one heartbeat.
  • Follow a healthy diet: Your provider will be able to advise you on a nutritious and healthy pregnancy diet, and answer any questions you may have.
  • Pregnancy emotions: At two months pregnant, your emotional life might be a rollercoaster of highs and lows. Seek out a support group or speak to understanding loved ones about how you’re feeling.
  • Calculate your due date: If you haven’t yet calculated your due date, head over to the Pampers Due Date Calculator tool to find out when to expect your little one.
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