Pregnancy by Month: Month 6

The sixth month of pregnancy includes weeks 21 through 25 as well as some very important milestones for your little one.  



Week 21

for Baby:

Your baby is continuing to grow fat and his organs are maturing.  The vernix caseosa, a waxy substance being produced by baby's oil glands, is continuing to form on the skin to protect it from the amniotic fluid.  Buds are beginning to form baby's permanent teeth.

for Mom:

By now, even first time moms are probably beginning to show.  Invest in some maternity wardrobe staples for work and casual environments.  Thrifty tip: maternity clothes are a great item to buy used as they're short term use items.  This period of pregnancy is often the most comfortable.  Take advantage of this by getting out for regular exercise, getting your home prepared for the arrival of your little one and maybe plan a vacation for you and your significant other.






Week 22

for Baby:

Your baby's senses are developing rapidly this week.  Your baby can hear sounds outside of the womb and can respond to voices or music.  Taste buds are forming on baby's tongue along with nerve endings to help your little one respond to touch.  Your baby weighs approximately 1 lb now.

for Mom:

As your uterus expands you may start to notice cramps in your legs and feet along with mild swelling in your ankles. Make sure you stay hydrated and wear supportive shoes.  You may need to invest in a new pair or two of shoes as your feet begin to swell.

Week 23

for Baby:

Your baby's muscles continue to develop as they exercise them by moving around.  You may even be able to see the movements from the outside and your spouse will no doubt delight in feeling the movements.

for Mom:

Around this time, some women may start to experience Braxton Hicks contractions.  These practice contractions will vary in timing and intensity and usually go away if you sip water and lay on your left side.  If you have any concerns, contact your healthcare professional immediately.  You may also notice some stretch marks starting to appear.  Lotion can help with the itchiness and dryness of stretching skin, but the appearance and fading of stretch marks is left up to your genetics.






Week 24

for Baby:

Week 24 marks a remarkable milestone in pregnancy: viability day.  This is the point at which doctor's consider the threshold for viability in the event that the baby is born prematurely.  Although some babies have survived being born slightly earlier, being born at 24 weeks has a 40-70% chance of survival.  Every additional day spent in the womb increases those chances significantly.  Your baby's respiratory system is continuing to develop as baby practices inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid.  For now though, your baby still gets their oxygen from the placenta.

for Mom:

Around this time in your pregnancy, you will likely have to take the Gestational Diabetes (GD) test.  GD is a condition that effects 10% of all women and can pose a risk for mother and baby.  The test may involve fasting before hand, then you will have blood drawn before and one hour after drinking a sugary drink.  If you fail the first test, don't be too alarmed, you will have to take a second test that lasts three hours with blood draws every hour and many women who fail the first test go on to pass the longer test.

Week 25

for Baby:

Your baby is starting to develop white blood cells which will help to fight off infection.  Your baby's wrinkled skin will continue to fill in as baby gets more fat and the skin is starting to look more opaque instead of transparent.

for Mom:

You may be able to feel your little one hiccuping now.  Your uterus continues to expand and is now about the size of a soccer ball.  You may notice that your hair feels fuller and thicker and is growing at a faster rate, this is thanks to the hormones coursing through your body.





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About Maddi Casey

Maddi Casey is a muscle car driving, hard working mama who is obsessed with football and good beer. She has two beautiful baby girls and loving husband. Writing is a passion, hobby and sometimes career of hers at coffeeandwinemom.com. She is also passionate about animals, nature and entrepreneurship.
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