Month 5 Of Pregnancy

### Month 5 of Pregnancy

Congratulations! You are five months into your pregnancy and have made it past the halfway mark. As your baby continues to mature and grow, you may find yourself getting more and more excited each time you get to check in on the progress. Here are some things to look out for during month five.

**Fetal Development**

By month 5, your baby is becoming more and more of a little person. This month they will be able to move around and may even begin to develop unique sleep patterns. Here are some of the things to expect during this stage:

– Your baby is approximately 10.2-11.8 inches long and weighs around 12.7-20.8 ounces.

– Their skin is thickening and developing protective coating.

– Their intestines move from the umbilical cord to the abdomen area and begin to develop.

– Their eyes are open and their vision is improving.

– They can hear noises from outside the womb, including the sound of your voice.

– Their hands and feet are fully developed, with fingerprints.

– Their immune system starts to develop.

**Physical Changes**

Your body is changing alongside your baby’s development. As your belly continues to grow, you may experience some common pregnancy symptoms, including:

– Aches and pains, especially in your back and abdomen.

– Shortness of breath.

– Increased vaginal discharge.

– Braxton Hicks contractions.

– Food cravings.

– Swelling in the feet and hands.

– Changes in skin pigmentation.

These changes are perfectly normal and are necessary for the developing baby. However, if you experience anything out of the ordinary, do not hesitate to contact your doctor.

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**Other Developments**

It’s also a good idea to plan for your baby’s arrival this month. Here are some things to think about:

– **Financial Preparation:** Start setting aside money for items such as diapers, baby clothes, and other necessities.

– **Childcare:** Start researching childcare options and interviewing potential providers.

– **Your Workplace:** Read up on your employer’s maternity leave policy and begin to plan for taking time off.

– **Naming Baby:** Spend some time thinking of possible names, or research any family or cultural traditions associated with naming.

– **Baby Registry:** Create a registry so friends and family can purchase items needed for baby’s arrival.

Enjoy this time of your pregnancy and do not hesitate to reach out to your doctor with any questions or concerns. The fifth month of pregnancy is the perfect time to start preparing for your baby’s arrival!

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