The ankles, the feet and hands will appear swollen. Maybe, the face will also look a wee bit more swollen. The doctor will call it oedema. Don’t get worried with the technical word. All that it means is that your body retains fluid so that your body and your baby’s get nourished. There is, of course, an exception. Under rare circumstances, when the swelling is accompanied by hypertension, it could lead to blood pressure spikes.
Hormonal changes will also give you indigestion, constipation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins as well as a slight tingling feeling in your feet. This is the time when you crave for more food and eat it, too. This is because you also need to feed your baby who is growing at a phenomenal rate. The baby’s growth will be evident by the way you have suddenly grown in size. This will add up to the back ache. But, strictly speaking, the mother would need to get used to the back ache. It is not going to leave you in a hurry.
You can’t simply put up your feet and relax. Yes, you need to do this, too, to avoid swelling of the feet. But do not forget that it is your constant movement which will keep you healthy. If you are healthy, the baby will be healthy, too. The best indicator of your child’s health is the constant movement inside your tummy. It also means relaxation to the point of no action inside your tummy. In other words, the baby appears to be beginning to keeping regular hours of activity. In between, the baby may also have hiccups that will make you smile. Meanwhile, the oil glands are forming a sheet of fat called vernix caseosa. It covers the body to help the baby move in the amniotic fluid.
By the end of the sixth month, your baby will be around 30 cm long and weigh around 600 gms.