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At six months pregnant, you’re at the tail end of the second trimester. This means you’ll usually have a few more weeks before your tummy gets so big that your energy levels dip.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms at Six Months Pregnant

At around the six month mark, you might experience some of these pregnancy symptoms. All of these symptoms are common during pregnancy, but you may not experience all of them:

  • Heartburn
  • Puffiness or swelling in hands or feet at the end of the day
  • Itchy skin around your tummy, breasts, buttocks, and thighs, but without a rash
  • Backache
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Feeling faint
  • Varicose veins.

Six Months Pregnant: Changes Inside and Out

Your baby’s development: Your baby’s eyelids will open this month, and will also be able to respond to loud noises.

Changes to your body: By month six, you will have gained quite a bit of weight as your baby grows. Over the course of your pregnancy the recommended weight gain will be 11.5-16 kg for women with a standard BMI. This will make spending prolonged stretches of time on your feet more uncomfortable, so put your feet up throughout the day whenever you can. Your size might also make finding a comfortable sleeping position more difficult; try using plenty of pillows to support you as you rest. The itchy skin you might feel as your skin stretches can be helped by applying moisturiser.

You might also experience swelling of your feet, ankles, hands, and face — call your doctor right away if the swelling is sudden or severe.

Get Creative and Organised

Use this time to do productive things like decorating and preparing the nursery, and choosing a baby name. You can also shop for essentials that your newborn will need, like baby clothes, a pram, and plenty of nappies.

Start Babyproofing Your Car

Now's the time to think about, and make, safety preparations. This month, you can get a jump on babyproofing your car. First and foremost, you’ll need to shop for an age-appropriate car seat. Once you choose one, get professional help installing it, so it’s all set for bringing your newborn home from the hospital.

Sixth Month of Pregnancy Quick List

  • Think about your birth plan: Start discussions about your birth plan with your doctor or midwife. Remember, not every factor can be planned for (especially if there’s an emergency), but it helps to think about your preferences and know your options before you’re in active labour. Birthing plans include things like what position you’d like to be in during labour, what your pain management preferences are, where you would like to give birth, who you would like to be there, what comfort measures you’d like, and what you’d like to happen straight after your baby is born (for example, who should cut the umbilical cord).
  • Enjoy your baby shower: At six months pregnant, a friend or family member might start thinking about planning your baby shower. This is a chance for loved ones to celebrate your new baby. There can be a theme and some fun games where guests can help with baby name ideas. Consider revealing the gender of your baby at this party.
  • Read up on childbirth: Even after you attend prenatal classes, you may still have questions or concerns about the birth experience. Read up about childbirth and speak to mums about their experiences.
  • Relax as much as you can: Although you might feel you have much to organise and do, you should also set aside plenty of time to rest and relax.