Welcome to your second trimester of pregnancy. You’re probably well and truly used to the little person that is growing inside you.
The best news this month is that you should start to feel better. The discomforts you have experienced in early pregnancy should start to disappear this month. The high levels of your pregnancy hormones will start to subside and common discomforts like morning sickness and fatigue will subside right along with them.
This is the beginning of typically the easiest stage of your pregnancy so consider making the most of the next few months. Use your newfound energy and comfort to get organised and prepare for your little one’s arrival.
You at 4 months pregnant
Hopefully, morning sickness and fatigue have started to fade and you’re beginning to feel more like yourself. However, remember that if you haven't already put on any weight it could be due to your morning sickness. If so, be mindful that your appetite might now start to grow and make you put on a few kilos.
If you’re still suffering from morning sickness, you may be one of the few women who continue to experience nausea throughout pregnancy. If so, you should consult your healthcare professional to address your concerns.
As your baby grows bigger your belly grows with it and you may be starting to consider or even make use of some maternity wear now. Maternity pants and maternity bras are especially helpful to maintain your comfort levels as you grow.
If you are feeling persistent butterflies or bubbles in your belly, chances are it’s your baby moving around. Your baby’s first kicks and punches are commonly called quickening or flutters. They are very small and mothers often mistake this sensation as having a hungry grumbling stomach.
Your baby at 4 months pregnant
Your baby is making big progress this month.
His or her eyes are moving into their forward facing position and although their head is seemingly large, their body is rapidly catching up.
Most excitingly your little one’s face is now fully formed. Their newest trick is experimenting with different facial expressions. But don’t worry if you see your baby frowning or squinting during an ultrasound. They are simply moving their muscles, not trying to communicate their mood.
You will also notice that your baby is now responding to the outside world. If you poke or push your belly, you might be able to feel your baby wiggle out of the way.
Another prominent feature of your baby this month is the fine coating hair (also called lanugo) that covers their entire body. Until your little one puts on enough fat, this hair will protect him or her and keep them warm and cosy.
Things to think about
If you haven’t already, consider asking your partner to come along to your next prenatal check-up. The look on their face when they hear your baby’s heartbeat for the first time will be a beautiful memory.
If constipation is giving you a hard time, make sure you are exercising regularly. You should also keep up your fluids (no alcohol though) and load your pregnancy diet with plenty of fibre-rich fresh fruit and vegetables.
Due to your increased blood flow, it’s common for the veins in your legs to bulge. If they are becoming uncomfortable, try wearing some support stockings and rest with your feet up when you can.
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