Your Body and Your Baby at 5 Months Pregnant
At 5 months pregnant, your baby will be very active in the womb and you’ll be able to feel lots of kicks and somersaults. Brain function and the five senses are developing rapidly and your baby will be able to hear your heartbeat and even your voice.
How Many Weeks is 5 Months Pregnant?
At the end of your 20th week, you’ll be 5 months pregnant and about halfway through your pregnancy. This article focuses on the four weeks between 5 months pregnant and 6 months pregnant.
5 Months Pregnant Baby Size:
- At 5 months pregnant, your baby should be about as big as a cantaloupe and weigh 12 ounces.
- By 5 and a half months pregnant, he or she will be the size of a small doll and weigh more than a pound.
- At the end of this month, Baby will be more than 11 inches long and weigh a pound and a third. It’s a rapid period of growth and he or she should be gaining about six ounces a week.
5 Months Pregnant Symptoms:
- The “nesting instinct” should still be going strong. Mother nature gives you a burst of energy and purpose to prepare for parenthood.
- Because Baby is growing so fast, your uterus has to grow, too. And you may experience abdominal cramps as the ligaments stretch to accommodate it.
- Worry and anxiety are common as you get closer to delivery. Try and stay calm and relaxed, get plenty of fresh air, and ask for help and advice whenever you need it.
- Food cravings and even aversions may be really strong at this stage. Resist sugary snacks and fill up on nutritious foods to help curb the cravings.
- You may notice puffiness in your feet and ankles. This is called pregnancy edema and is perfectly normal at this stage. But if you have puffiness in the face or hands it could be a sign of pre-eclampsia and you should contact your doctor.
Find out more about What to Expect at 5 Months Pregnant:
There are so many changes and developments at this stage of pregnancy and it’s easier to take it week by week, rather than month by month. Click on any of the weeks of pregnancy to find out more about symptoms, developments, and important advice:
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