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5 Month Pregnancy: The Period Often Considered Most Comfortable

Some women state that at 5 months of pregnancy, they feel most comfortable. Even in the second trimester it is considered the safest time to travel or vacation.

If during 4 months of pregnancy you sometimes still feel nauseous, then during this period nausea usually decreases. Your body can begin to adjust to activities with an enlarged stomach. You also can begin to feel and enjoy the movements of the little one in the womb.

How is Fetus Growth?

At 5 months of gestation or entering the 21st week, your baby generally has a length of about 8.2-8.6 inches (21-22 cm), weighing around 340-360 grams.

Your fetus resembles a baby that's ready for birth, but in a very small size. The pancreatic organs mature, the lips are formed, and the eyes look more perfect. But the iris or the inside of the eyeball still needs more pigment. The eyelids and eyebrows have been formed.




5 Month Pregnancy

21 weeks pregnant

  • The weight of the baby is now starting to be heavier than the placenta.
  • His body was covered in fine hairs called lanugo which allegedly served to keep the baby's body at the required temperature. Lanugo usually disappears before the baby is born.
  • The baby's eyelids have been formed.
  • The little one has moved and in the meantime the digestive organs are also becoming more mature.
  • The vagina in a baby girl has been formed and will continue to develop until the time of birth.
  • Babies get oxygen from you through the placenta. Her lungs have not functioned properly, but babies begin to practice breathing to prepare themselves to live outside the womb.

22 weeks pregnant

  • The baby's nails have started to grow at the fingertips.
  • Babies have begun to swallow amniotic fluid, as a sign that their digestion has begun to be used.
  • The baby's eyes have begun to form, but the lower part has not been pigmented.
  • The baby's body is proportional, but still thinner than a newborn baby.

23 weeks pregnant

  • Hearing is more perfect. Now he can hear the heartbeat and the sound of movement in your stomach. It also includes sounds from outside, such as the sound of a dog barking, the sound of a TV, and the sound of conversations around the mother.

24 weeks pregnant

  • Now babies have a little fat, even though their skin is still very thin and weak.
  • The brain develops very fast.
  • His fingerprints are increasingly formed.
  • His lungs develop and form respiratory branches.
  • Although there is a risk of disability, babies born prematurely at and after the age of 24 weeks have the opportunity to live because the development of the lungs and vital organs is more mature even though it is not perfect.
  • At 24 weeks, the baby is about 600 grams and 11.8 inches (30 cm) in size.

Read also : 4 Months Pregnant: Movement of Babies Starting to Feel

What are the changes that occur in your body?

Your weight may increase by 11-12.5 pounds (5.5-7 kilograms) this month. After that, your weight gain will range from 200 to 250 grams per week. Many women consider 5 months of pregnancy to be the most enjoyable time. At this time, generally nausea and vomiting that is often experienced in the early days of pregnancy begin to feel no longer. You also begin to get used to activities with an enlarged stomach.

When you are 5 months pregnant, your stomach will expand faster. You will feel more hungry than usual. But make sure you keep applying a healthy diet. Stretch marks on the abdomen, thighs, and breasts can generally begin to appear at 22 weeks' gestation. At first the stretch marks will look red, then fade to gray. Your breasts will also feel fuller as a sign of early preparation for breastfeeding.

To avoid swollen feet after standing or walking for a long time, make it a habit to sit after a while of standing. Wash your face twice a day, especially if pimples start to appear on your oily skin.

Some women will experience an increase in vaginal discharge. This is normal as long as there is no bleeding and the liquid is colorless, odorless, and does not cause itching and pain. The uterus that enlarges and compresses the bladder also makes you risk frequent urination.

What do you need to check?

During 5 months of pregnancy, general examinations such as blood pressure, body temperature, maternal and infant weight are necessary. Another thing to watch out for is the normal or abnormal fluid coming out of the vagina. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish urine fluid from amniotic fluid which does not smell.

Rupture of the membranes can occur suddenly and amniotic water flows from the vagina. The sudden flow of amniotic fluid in large volumes can be a significant differentiator. To be wary, check yourself if you experience unusual symptoms, both vaginal fluid that is not as usual or bleeding.

In addition, in addition to stretch marks, itching during pregnancy can also be caused by other disorders but is quite rare, such as liver disorders obstetric cholestasis.

There is also the risk of premature babies born, which can now be detected by Fetal fibronectin (fFN). fFN is a protein found in the amniotic sac and fetal membrane which can be used as a reference whether there is a risk of premature birth. Since the protein will disappear after the age of over 22 weeks, the 21-22 week period is the right time to undergo this test for those who experience symptoms such as abdominal cramps and changes in vaginal fluid.

What Things to Look For?

Although 5 months of pregnancy is a pregnancy that most women feel is the most comfortable period, there are still many things that need to be done and avoided for the health of the mother and baby, among others:

  • Stretch marks that begin to appear sometimes will cause itchy skin. Use lotion so the skin doesn't dry out and helps reduce itching.
  • Eyes that are more sensitive, dry and tired quickly are a common condition in pregnant women. Make sure you get enough rest to reduce the risk of dry eyes.
  • Your baby can hear. Some people believe that by playing music, especially classical music, to babies can bring positive benefits to the fetus. Although the benefits cannot be ascertained scientifically, but there is no harm in trying something similar to make your mood more awake.
  • Take enough fluids to avoid swelling in certain parts of the body. Prioritizing consuming mineral water, then other drinks, such as juice and milk. Avoid consuming soft drinks, coffee, and tea which actually makes the body more at risk of dehydration, and risks increasing the fetal heart rate if consumed in excess. Solid yellow urine indicates that you don't drink enough water.
  • Heartburn is a symptom that is often experienced by pregnant women. If you experience this, try to reduce your meal portion and consume it with more frequent frequency.

After getting used to the movement of the baby during 5 months of pregnancy, then during the 6 month pregnancy, the baby will be more responsive to sound and movement. The gestures of the pregnant woman herself may become more severe because the stomach is enlarged, but you need to continue to move actively so that the body of the mother and baby stay healthy.

Read also : 6 Months Pregnant: Babies Can Be Invited to Interact





References

References

  1. Webmd (2018). The Second Trimester: Your Baby's Growth and Development in Middle Pregnancy
  2. Yourfertilityfriend. 5 Months Pregnant: What to Expect.
  3. NHS Choices UK (2017). You and your baby at 21-24 weeks pregnant.
  4. American Pregnancy Association (2016). Pregnancy Week 21-24.
  5. American Pregnancy Association (2017). Pregnancy And Travel.

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