Pregnancy Care, Tips, Guide Week 24, Month 6
This week, your baby’s WBCs develop to fight off the infections after childbirth. The baby also shows good brain activities such as thought, conscious and memory equal to that of a newborn. The baby’s weight increases, contributing to the development of growing organs, muscles, bones and body fat. Your little sweet pea’s translucent skin is becoming more opaque and gets a pink glow due to the small capillaries that were formed this week.
This week, the ideal weight of the baby is approximately 600 grams (1.32 pounds).
If your belly button is still inside, this week you may expect it to protrude out which is normal in pregnant women. Your spouse can hear the baby’s heart beat by placing his ears on your abdomen. As the belly grows your centre of gravity shifts, so it is important to take care while you get up from the bed and walk. Avoid sudden movements; instead slowly get up and stand.
This week, you may experience symptoms such as stretch marks, excess saliva, occasional headaches, constipation, back pain, increased appetite, swelling in the legs, feet and hands etc. You will gain more weight as a part of pregnancy progression, so relax and take a bite on some healthy snacks.
Tips to Tackle
- If you feel your eyes dried up, do not wear contact lens as it will irritate your eyes. You can opt for glasses instead.
- If your ankle is swelling and you can’t wear your favourite shoes to work, try keeping a foot rest under the desk to elevate your legs. Do not stand for long hours; take short intervals to sit and relax your legs.
- If your headache becomes severe and persist for more than 3 days with nausea or difficulties in vision, it could be migraine. Consult your physician and get the right treatment.
- Have two prunes or any fiber rich fruit like oranges or pears everyday to avoid constipation.