At six months, you may feel as though you'll be pregnant forever, but the final trimester will come and go before you know it. Take some time this month to savor pregnancy and treat yourself to some of the indulgences that only a mother-to-be can pull off.
Feeling a rhythmic lurch in your abdomen? Your little girl probably has the hiccups, a common phenomenon thought to be brought on by drinking and/or breathing amniotic fluid. They'll go away on their own, eventually.
The once-transparent skin of your baby is starting to thicken, and sweat glands are developing below the skin surface. She's over a foot long now, and by the end of the month she may weigh up to two pounds.
Your uterus extends well above your navel now. You may actually be seeing fetal movement across your abdomen as your baby gets comfortable in her shrinking living space. You will also notice that your feet have begun to swell. This is a result of the dramatic increase in blood volume you've experienced, which is feeding excess fluids to surrounding tissues, resulting in edema (or water retention). To make matters worse, the weight of your uterus is requiring the veins in your legs to work double time to pump all that extra blood back to your heart. Estrogen also increases the amount of fluid your tissues absorb.
The result of all this is puffy and sometimes aching feet. Putting your feet up when you can, wearing comfortable low-heeled shoes, and soaking your feet in cool water are all good ways to ease the discomfort. Special compression stockings, available at medical supply stores, may also be helpful.
If you experience sudden and severe swelling of the face and hands, call your doctor or midwife immediately. It may be a sign of preeclampsia, also called toxemia, a condition that is potentially hazardous to both you and your baby. Other signs of preeclampsia include:
Symptoms on the menu yet again this month include the following. Check off any that you are experiencing so that you can ask your doctor or midwife about them and to track the progress of your pregnancy:Nausea
As you sidle up to the third trimester starting line, try to take advantage of these final days of relative comfort and sit back and savor your pregnancy. Try each of these ways to pamper yourself:
There will be more of the same this month as your provider checks your weight and fundal height, listens to your baby's heartbeat, and finds out about any new pregnancy symptoms you may be experiencing. Your doctor or midwife will also require the usual urine sample and blood pressure check.
If you weren't given an oral glucose tolerance test to screen for gestational diabetes last month, it will probably be administered now.
From Everything Pregnancy Organizer Copyright © 2007, F+W Publications, Inc. Used by permission of Adams Media, an F+W Publications Company. All rights reserved.
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