Maternal Changes (Month 5)

Maternal Changes (Month 5)

You might be throwing a lot of baby names for the past 4 to 5 months or so. Now, it’s time to pick one that would match their gender. How? Cause you’ve just been told regarding the sex of your baby. Emma or Darwin? Well, you know!

The question is what can you do after knowing the sex of your baby? The answer is shopping. For real. It’s time to buy some clothes for them. This is probably the most joyful moment as you can throw your anxiousness away while buying cute baby’s clothes. This is no longer window shopping. Swipe those cards!

But wait. What about your symptoms? Well, you are halfway through your pregnancy already, why should it matter? Just kidding, it does. These are some of the symptoms that could be quite annoying to deal with:

Heartburn: When your enlarging uterus is pushing your digestive system upward, the latter might not work effectively than when you are not pregnant. Just avoid acidic or spicy food. You can eat those after the baby is out.

Vaginal Discharge: It will just keep on increasing but don’t worry. As long as there is no colour changes or foul-smelling discharge, you should be fine. 

Swelling: Put your feet up whenever you were resting. You should not worry as it will go away once you have delivered. If the swelling is too sudden or severe, consult a doctor.

Shortness of breath: You enlarged uterus will start to push your diaphragm up making it difficult for you to breath. At this point, it should be mild but if you are pregnant with twins or triplets, then it’s going to be significant.

High energy: Well, this is the only time for you to enjoy your activeness before it would be snatched away by the third trimester. It might be a good time to say that your libido would be quite high too.

Leg cramps: Drink plenty of water and don’t forget to exercise or stretch regularly. Dehydration could be the culprit.

Pregnant belly

Your fundal height measurement would be valuable information for a doctor to work on starting this week. Fundal height is basically the distance between your pubic bone (pubic symphysis) to the top (fundus) of your uterus. It measures in centimetres. Usually, it corresponds to the number of weeks you are currently in right now, well, plus-minus 2 weeks.

For example, now, you are in the 20th week (5 months) of your pregnancy so your fundal height should be in between 18 to 22 cm. If your measurement is higher or lower than that, it can be a sign of medical conditions which can potentially complicate your pregnancy such as growth issues, gestational diabetes and gestational hypertension.

Doctors will not measure your fundal height if you are carrying twins or triplets. There is no exact reference on how to determine whether your babies are growing healthily with fundal height if there are two or more occupants in the belly. The only measure that is useful for you would be your weight. You should be gaining slightly each week which can be controlled by a healthy diet and exercise. 

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