What’s happening inside
All of your baby’s senses are fast developing as the fifth month ends. Shine a flashlight over your tummy, and you might feel your baby responding to the bright light, even though its faintly perceived through their fused eyelids. Please be mindful of whatever you’re putting into your mouth these days too. As the saying goes, what mummy eats, baby is tasting too!
As your pregnancy progresses, your body might go through some interesting changes (sometimes hateful) especially your skin color and condition during the second trimester. If you have noticed a dark vertical line across your belly to your navel, that is actually the Linea Nigra. Linea Nigra has always been there but just that it darkens during your pregnancy, some may be darker and visible than other. It is generally more visible on dark-skinned ladies. While it should fade a few months after delivery, it will probably never completely disappear. Another common condiiton affecting the skin is Cloasma – a skin discolouration on parts of the face that may give you a mottled appearance. Again, this will fade a few months after delivery. In the meantime, a little concealer should cover up nicely.
A Matter of Fact
Research shows that pregnant women attract twice as many mosquitoes as non-pregnant women, due to your higher body temperature and faster rate of breathing. So stick on a mosquito patch to ward those pesky bugs off!
Tips for daddy
Look out for baby fairs or good deals when scouting for the big ticket items like a cot, pram and car seat. There are sales all year round, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a good deal if you look early enough! Do check out various parenting forums and/or magazines for tips and product comparisons if you’re unsure which brands or models to buy. Join Parenting groups on Facebook to get the latest news and information.
A quote for mummy-to-be
Pregnancy is getting company inside one’s skin. ~Maggie Scarf
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This is part of our New Age Pregnancy Week By Week Pregnancy Guide!
With this guide, we hope it will help to give you some reassurance and shed some light on the changes you will come to experience for the next 40 weeks. If you are interested, you can read about our Month To Month Pregnancy Guide Here. Now, let the countdown begin ~
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind the information provided in this guide is just an approximate gauge for your pregnancy. Each pregnancy is different and growth rates vary. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact your gynaecologist.