The uterus would have grown considerably, filling up your pelvic region and slowly your waistline becomes a thing of the past. Your abdomen grows now forcing you to change your wardrobe and the baby bump makes its presence felt. But, generally, you are feeling better because all the initial problems of pregnancy like intense fatigue, morning sickness, nausea etc have subsided.
This is the best part of pregnancy because your body has got used to this tiny human being growing in the uterus and the baby responds to external stimuli. The baby’s growth is marked by remarkable changes. In other words, this is the time when the baby’s physical parts go through some fine-tuning. The mother’s breasts keep on growing, hurt once in a while and remain sensitive, due to the production of colostrum. This is a more relaxed phase in your pregnancy. Chances of a miscarriage are low here.
As for the baby, the eyes and ears, for instance, move closer to where they are at the time of birth. Body growth catches up during this month though the head still remains slightly larger. The fingers get a clear shape, the bones become harder and hair starts growing on the head. Even the eyebrows become prominent. There is also lanugo, hair all over the body that gets shed once the baby is born.
There are two important events during this month. First, the baby begins to respond to external stimuli. Like if you touch the tummy, the baby will move. It is like a subtle fluttering which is called “quickening”. The second is that you can hear the baby’s heartbeat. Ultrasound can now show your baby frequently squinting and frowning, and sucking the thumb in the womb.
These two events would make you forget that your nose might bleed sometimes because of increased blood supply to support the growing baby and your body getting stretched considerably.