MONTH 6: Weeks 20-24
Possible physical changes
Same as Months 2, 3, 4 & 5. Distinct fetal movement, lower abdominal achiness, backache, leg cramps, increased pulse or heart rate, skin pigmentation changes, heat rash, heightened sexual response, heartburn, indigestion, bloating.
Possible emotional changes
Growing acceptance of your pregnancy, fewer mood swings, occasional irritability, absentmindedness, crankiness, "fuzzy" thinking due to sleep loss.
Possible appetite changes
Ravenous, intensified food cravings and aversions.
The inside story
The fetus is about 8 to 10 inches long, the size of a little bunny, and covered with a protective soft down. Hair begins to grow on head, white eyelashes appear. The fetus' chance of surviving outside the womb is small, but possible in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU).
Insomnia or disrupted sleep due to problems adjusting to new sleep positions. To ensure maximum blood and nutrient flow to placenta, avoid sleeping on belly or back, curl up on left side with a pillow between legs. Another good month to travel.
Same as Months 2, 3, 4 & 5. If you work, start planning your maternity leave, if your job is particularly draining, consider an early leave.
Same as Months 2, 3, 4 & 5.
When to call your doctor
After the 20th week, call the doctor if you notice an absence of fetal movement for more than 12 hours.