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Each pregnant woman’s body changes in different ways at different times throughout a pregnancy. Still, your baby bump will likely be pretty visible by the time you’re five months pregnant, so this month, you’ll be adjusting to the physical changes as well as getting used to receiving unsolicited pregnancy advice from anyone and everyone.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms at Five Months Pregnant

It's likely that you'll still have that second trimester energy boost, and many women say this is the most enjoyable phase of pregnancy. But it's also possible that you'll face some pesky symptoms of pregnancy in month five, such as:

  • Itchy skin
  • Stretch marks
  • Varicose veins
  • Spider veins
  • Shortness of breath
  • Slightly swollen hands and feet
  • Lower back pain
  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Increased appetite
  • Difficulty finding a comfortable position to sleep in

Keep in mind that these pregnancy symptoms are normal, and you may only experience some of them throughout this month.

Five Months Pregnant: Changes Inside and Out

Your Baby’s Development: Your baby is putting on weight, and her facial features are all in place. At this stage, she still has quite a bit of wiggle room, so you’ll be feeling your little one kicking, punching, and rolling around. These moves signal a healthy baby, so, although they might be annoying at times (especially at night while you’re trying to sleep), they’re definitely a good sign.

Changes to Your Body: There are many positives during this month of pregnancy, such as continuing to enjoy that energy boost. Many pregnant women will also experience a pregnancy "glow" and will look more radiant. Your belly continues to grow (triggering some of the pregnancy symptoms mentioned above), but it may not be so big yet that you can’t get around with relative ease. As your tummy grows, you might notice that your belly button pokes out. You might also notice some changes in the texture and growth of your nails.

Two Months Pregnant: Changes Inside and Out

Fetal Development: In the second month of pregnancy, your little one, now known as a fetus, develops facial features such as the mouth, tongue, and nose. The eyelids close over and won’t open for several months. The buds of the ears will grow into a more prominent ear shape. In addition to little fingers and toes, toenails will grow. Your little one may start to make small movements, though you won’t be able to feel these yet.

By the end of the second month of pregnancy, the organs, skeleton, and limbs will be in place. The placenta will have also formed and will provide nutrients to your little one over the rest of the pregnancy.

Changes to Your Body: At this stage, your body won’t look dramatically different, but your breasts may start to feel heavier and look fuller. At some point during pregnancy, some women also develop red- and purple-colored varicose veins, caused by increased blood volume and elevated hormone levels. Exercise can help prevent varicose veins, and for many women, they subside a few months after the delivery.

Fifth Month of Pregnancy Quick List

Sign up for prenatal classes: Many prenatal classes will start in the next month or two, so sign up to get as much support and information as you can.

Talk to your baby: Your baby is learning to recognize your voice and can hear better than before. Make a habit of talking, singing, or reading to your baby every day.

Know the signs of preterm labor: Now is the time to keep an eye out for the signs of preterm labor. Contact your doctor right away if you think you might be in preterm labor.

Use that energy boost: That second trimester surge in energy provides an opportunity to exercise, travel, prepare your home for your baby, and tie up any other loose ends.

Eat well: Your baby is growing rapidly at this point, and you might feel extra hungry. This is not the time to hold back on eating; instead, continue to eat a variety of healthy, nutritious foods.

Get comfortable: Explore comfortable ways to sleep, choose more comfortable shoes (especially if you’re experiencing swollen feet), find maternity wear that gives your growing body plenty of room to move and breathe, and choose maternity bras that support the changing shape of your growing breasts.

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Fifth Month of Pregnancy Quick List

Sign up for prenatal classes: Many prenatal classes will start in the next month or two, so sign up to get as much support and information as you can.

Talk to your baby: Your baby is learning to recognize your voice and can hear better than before. Make a habit of talking, singing, or reading to your baby every day.

Know the signs of preterm labor: Now is the time to keep an eye out for the signs of preterm labor. Contact your doctor right away if you think you might be in preterm labor.

Use that energy boost: That second trimester surge in energy provides an opportunity to exercise, travel, prepare your home for your baby, and tie up any other loose ends.

Eat well: Your baby is growing rapidly at this point, and you might feel extra hungry. This is not the time to hold back on eating; instead, continue to eat a variety of healthy, nutritious foods.

Get comfortable: Explore comfortable ways to sleep, choose more comfortable shoes (especially if you’re experiencing swollen feet), find maternity wear that gives your growing body plenty of room to move and breathe, and choose maternity bras that support the changing shape of your growing breasts.