The fourth month of pregnancy – you’re not quite halfway there, but things are progressing now
How you’ll be feeling
Entering the fourth month of pregnancy can bring a sense of relief as you move into the middle of your journey. Here’s what you might be experiencing…
By now, morning sickness and fatigue often ease, allowing you to enjoy more stable energy levels. Emotional fluctuations might still occur but tend to be less intense. You may also notice changes in your body as your baby bump becomes more pronounced.
What you need to know
Your baby bump will become more noticeable as your uterus continues to expand. This can lead to mild discomfort and backaches. Consider maternity clothing for added comfort. You might find your appetite increasing, which is entirely normal. Focus on maintaining a balanced diet with nutritious foods. In some cases, you may be able to find out your baby’s gender through an ultrasound during this month.
Things to do when you’re four months pregnant
- Keep up with your regular prenatal check-ups. Your healthcare provider will monitor your baby’s development and your overall health.
- Continue with gentle exercises and maintain a well-balanced diet. Staying active and eating healthily is beneficial for both you and your baby.
- Start thinking about maternity leave and your birth plan. It’s never too early to consider your preferences for labour and delivery.
- Enquire about maternity leave policies at your job, or start thinking about how to plan for your time away from work.
How is baby at four months?
At this stage, your baby is approximately the size of a mango. They are becoming more active, although you may not feel consistent movements just yet. Vital organs are developing, and your baby’s bones are hardening.
What to ask your doctor
As you journey through the fourth month of pregnancy, consider discussing these questions with your healthcare provider:
- Ask about the key developments your baby will undergo in the coming weeks.
- Discuss the availability of prenatal classes and their benefits for you and your partner.
- When can you expect to feel more pronounced movements from your baby, and how should you monitor them?
- Start discussing your birthing plan, including pain management options and your choice of a birthing environment.