Maternal Changes (Month 6)

Maternal Changes (Month 6)

Nothing much to say about the 6th month of pregnancy. You are surviving through your enraging hormones while your baby is trying to grow. It’s kinda important for them to survive in the outside world later. Whatever it is, hang in there! Give it a few months and you are good to go. Some of the symptoms which are common during this gestational period are:

  • Swollen ankle: This is what you have been experiencing in the 5th month of your pregnancy. However, it’s not a big deal, just elevate them to alleviate those swelling. The only thing that you have to be concerned about is when you experience some swelling on your face, hands or uneven swelling of the leg. Why? Because it could be preeclampsia! So inform your doctor as soon as you are able.
  • Backaches: This can be due to your enlarging uterus, pressing against your spine, distorting its curvature a bit causing intense backaches. Your back muscles would have to work hard to carry those extra weights but don’t worry, the pain should be mild to moderate intensity. If it is severe or is associated with symptoms like tingling or loss of sensation, tell your doctor about it.
  • Leg cramps: Again, we can’t stress how important this is enough, drink plenty of water. Stretch your legs often and if this symptom bothers you, tell your doctor about it. Apart from dehydration, leg cramps can be a sign of nutritional deficiency.
  • Linea nigra:  This is a straight vertical line that usually situated at the centre of your belly. It is caused by pregnancy hormones and should fade after child delivery.
  • Stretch marks: This is multiple lines, resembling the tiger stripes which indicate significant weight gain. If you are carrying twins, you are more likely to get them.

Pregnant belly

There aren’t many changes other than size and weight gain you have been experiencing. The intensity of your baby kick should have increased too. You should get your weight under control and if you are carrying twins, you should be more vigilant. Controlling your weight can be an effective measure against medical complications related to pregnancy and reduce the risk of preterm labour. 

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