Pregnancy Care, Tips, Guide Week 15, Month 4
The end of 4th month marks the beginning of your emotional connection with the baby. The ear bones grow harder and help the baby to hear properly which includes your voice, heartbeat, breath etc. This way, your baby can hear you and feel your presence. The fine thin hair, Lanugo protects the baby and provides warmth till the subcutaneous fat layer forms under the skin. As your little charmer starts growing, he/she constantly kicks and curls with the little legs and arms but you can’t sense it yet, as the baby is still small, at the size of an orange.
By this week, the baby’s ideal weight will be approximately 70 grams (2.47 ounces).
By now, you may start to show up with your tummy growing bigger. Second trimester is the weight gain period of pregnancy, so try to gain weight in a slow and steady fashion. Consult your physician and aim for a healthy weight gain on a weekly basis. Consuming nutrient rich diet and keeping track of your weight can help you avoid gestational diabetes.
You may feel back ache and swollen legs as a part of your pregnancy progression. Some expectant mothers might face swollen gums which are sore and prone to bleeding along with stuffy nose. Pregnancy brain or forgetfulness is another fuzzy symptom that accompanies you throughout pregnancy. These symptoms are harmless and disappear after child birth.
- Try playing soothing music and occasionally talk to your baby, as it may create a bond between the mother and the baby.
- You may want to take up a dental appointment for those swollen gums. Floss regularly, brush twice and follow good oral hygiene.
- To avoid forgetfulness, opt for meditation, music or a calm walk to relax your mind and remember things better. Making notes of all the important activities is another way to improve your memory.
- Try loose footwear like flip flops, sandals etc., to soothe the swollen legs.