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Weight Gain and Baby's Development in Sixth Month

Pregnant woman gains a lot of weight during the sixth month of pregnancy due to massive water retention. Know about the changes that take place during the sixth month of pregnancy and learn to cope with.

In the sixth month of pregnancy, the body begins to gain a lot of weight rapidly. This is primarily caused by the fast growth of the baby. In many cases, the weight gain can go up to four to five kgs in a single month. The belly swells up to appear huge and even the face appears to be quite plump. This is caused by the massive water retention by the body. This is why it is advised to keep oneself moving, so that the swelling in the legs and feet do not become uncomfortable.

Weight Gain Effects:

  • There is a feeling of soreness in the abdomen which is actually an effect of the chords experiencing a strain as it tries to hold up the heavy and bulging uterus.
  • You might also experience a stuffy feeling in the ears. This is primarily attributed to the weight gain that begins to now affect the balance of the body as you walk or stand.
  • There can be frequent bleeding of the gums due to the same reason.
  • Cramps and spasms in the muscles are also felt, especially in the lower limbs.
  • At times there is a feeling like two or three babies are pushing against your uterine walls. This is because the baby is growing rapidly and also becoming more and more active.
  • As the baby grows larger, the uterine area falls short for him and he pushes against the walls with all his might. The pushing sensation is caused by the movement of pushing by its fists, elbows, knees and feet.
  • The breasts swell and dark rims form around the nipples.
  • Due to considerable weight gain, there can be moderate to severe discomfort if there is an increase in temperature. It is always therefore advisable to wear wider clothes made of organic materials.

How to Deal with the Changes?

This is a stage where it is important to rest and rest in the correct posture. Do not sit hanging your legs as this will increase the swelling further. It is always comfortable to place the feet at a higher position even when you lie down. This can be done by placing a pillow under your legs. Seek the doctor’s advice and do mild exercises. It is important to ensure that your body does not lie idle, nor should it get anything less than the adequate amount of rest. Mild yoga and regular respiratory exercises are found to be very beneficial. This helps the mother to stay fit for delivery and even after that and the baby too is allowed a healthy growth.

Depending on the respective condition, the doctor might suggest the use of antenatal bandage. This basically aids in the movement as there is some discomfort due to weight gain. Since the bandage is a support, it prevents undesirable pressure and stretch on the belly and abdominal region.

The Development of the Baby:

  • The body of the foetus will still appear to be thin as the fat gain beneath the skin is still very little. The sudoriferous glands have already developed underneath the skin now.
  • During the sixth month of pregnancy, the baby begins to look more and more like a human child with the limbs and features gaining definite shape and structure.
  • The muscles around the arms and legs of the baby are almost completely developed which actually gets translated in strong kicks and pushing movements that you experience in your belly.
  • Another interesting thing to notice at this stage is that there will be spells of activity and quietness.
  • There will be definite periods of movements, with alternate periods of calmness, that is the baby designs his routine of activity and rest.
  • By now, the eyes of the foetus do react to light although they are still coated. The baby can hear noise, music and your voice too.
  • You will find your baby reacting to sudden loud noises by some jerky movement and also to tunes on your talking with slow and even movements.
  • The taste buds begin to develop during the sixth month of pregnancy. He can now ideally distinguish between, sweet, salty and bitter tastes.
  • During the ultra-sonography tests, one can notice the wide array of movements and expressions in the foetus.
  • You will notice the baby filling his cheeks out, as if in displeasure, frowning towards something, opening his mouth as if to eat or laugh and even screwing up the eyes!
  • He will now clench his fists to show strength and push and kick all the more.

You would also note that the sleeping schedule of the child may not coincide with that of yours. He can take his turn to push, turn and play, when you decide to rest at the end of the day. In the sixth month of the pregnancy, the foetus is approximately 33cm is length and weighs around 570 grams.

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