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2nd trimester

07th Nov 2023

6 months pregnant: What to expect on your sixth month of pregnancy

You’re bumping along nicely, and no matter how easy or difficult pregnancy has been so far, you’re officially past halfway!

Here’s what to expect in month six of your pregnancy.

How you’ll be feeling 

Entering the sixth month of pregnancy marks a significant step towards your baby’s arrival. By this stage, you’ve likely adjusted to the rhythm of pregnancy. Morning sickness and fatigue have subsided, replaced by a sense of stability and growing anticipation. You’ll notice your baby bump continues to expand, and movements become more pronounced. 

What you need to know 

Your baby’s movements are becoming more noticeable, and you might even be able to distinguish between kicks, jabs, and rolls. Gradual weight gain is normal during pregnancy. Focus on a balanced diet and stay active within the limits advised by your healthcare provider. Heartburn can become more prominent due to your growing uterus putting pressure on your stomach. Avoiding spicy or greasy foods and eating smaller meals can help. 

Things to do at six months pregnant

  • Maintain your regular prenatal check-ups. These appointments are crucial for monitoring your baby’s development and ensuring your well-being.
  • Continue with your balanced diet and regular, gentle exercises. Swimming and prenatal yoga can be particularly beneficial.
  • Maybe start buying a few bits. Consider what items you’ll need for your little one, from essentials like nappies to furniture and tiny, tiny clothes.

How is baby? 

In the sixth month, your baby is about the size of a mango, and their features continue to develop. Their lungs are maturing, and they can practice breathing by inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid. Your baby’s eyes can also open and blink. 

What to ask your doctor

As you navigate the sixth month of pregnancy, consider discussing these things with your doctor or midwife:

  • How should you monitor your baby’s movements, and what changes can you expect in their activity level?
  • Is your weight gain within the healthy range for baby’s health, and what adjustments should you make, if any?
  • When should you begin preparing for labour, and what steps can you take to ensure a smooth delivery?
  • How does your baby’s practice breathing impact their lung development and overall health?
  • What should you be aware of regarding signs of pre-term labour, and when should you contact your healthcare provider in such cases?