What to Expect- Month 4 of pregnancy
Your hormones begin to settle, morning sickness fades, and you start to feel like yourself again. You also start showing, and that feeling of mom-to-be sets in. Welcome to the joys of the second trimester!
CHANGES YOU MAY EXPERIENCE
- By the end of this month, you may feel the first flutters of baby movement.
- You may find yourself feeling better. Nausea usually subsides and energy increases.
- Hormones stabilize, and you feel less moody. Your sex drive may also return. Enjoy this time!
- You may develop heartburn as your uterus rises in the abdomen.
- Outward signs of pregnancy may begin to appear.
- You may have to start shopping for pregnancy clothing at this time.
- Now is a good time to sign up for prenatal classes.
HOW YOUR BABY IS DEVELOPING Your baby is five to six inches long and weighs up to four ounces. Baby’s face and heart are fully formed at this point, though the lungs are still developing. Baby’s eyes will open during this month and he or she will begin feeling the urge to suck.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR PRENATAL VISIT THIS MONTH
- Much like last month’s, monitoring of fetal heartbeat and size, as well as your own weight and blood pressure, will continue.
- Your urine will be tested for sugar and protein.
- An ultrasound is usually performed to check for exact fetal age.
- The alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) test for neural defects is given in week 16.
- Amniocentesis test for abnormal chromosomes may be offered in high risk pregnancies.