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2nd trimester

19th Apr 2024

5 months pregnant: What to expect on the fifth month of pregnancy


Five months pregnant

You’re around the halfway mark – excellent news all round. But what will this new month bring? Here’s what you might expect in month five of pregnancy

How you’ll be feeling 

Entering the fifth month of pregnancy brings a sense of steadiness and growing anticipation. By this stage, many of the early pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness have likely eased. You might feel more energetic and experience fewer mood swings. Your baby bump is prominently visible, making your pregnancy feel more tangible. 

What you need to know

As your baby grows, you’ll soon start feeling those tiny flutters and movements. It’s an exciting milestone that strengthens your connection. Your healthcare provider can now listen to your baby’s heartbeat with a stethoscope, providing reassurance of their well-being. As your uterus expands, it can put pressure on your diaphragm, making you feel breathless. Take your time when moving and don’t hesitate to rest when needed. 

Things to do

Continue attending your regular prenatal check-ups. These appointments are vital for tracking your baby’s growth and your overall health.
Consider incorporating Kegel exercises into your daily routine to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which can help during labour.
Look into childbirth education classes or workshops in your area. They can provide valuable insights into the birthing process. 

How is baby? 

Your baby has grown significantly, now resembling the size of a papaya. Their senses are developing, and they can hear sounds from the outside world, including your voice. Vernix, a protective layer, is forming on their skin. 

What to ask your doctor

  • When should you expect more consistent and pronounced movements from your baby, and what should you be monitoring?
  • Ask about available prenatal classes in your area and how they can benefit you and your partner.
  • If you’re experiencing breathlessness, inquire about techniques or exercises to alleviate discomfort.
  • What is the significance of regularly listening to your baby’s heartbeat, and how does it ensure their health?
  • What developmental milestones can you anticipate in the upcoming weeks for your baby?