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Pregnancy Month 4

Created by: Melissa Werner
Posted : Monday January 01, 1900
15 to 18 Weeks

Baby will be about 10 inches long and weighs about ¾ pound

What Is Happening With You And Your Body:

  • Your pregnancy is beginning to show. You may gain ¾ to 1 pound a week (3 to 4 pounds this month). Your nipples, the area around them, and the line on your abdomen (linea nigra) will darken.
  • Your placenta releases hormones that help to soften some of your joints and muscles to make labor and delivery easier.
  • Your blood supply will increase form 3 ½ quarts to 5 ½ quarts by the end of your pregnancy.
  • You may be less tired.
  • You may begin to find you enjoy being pregnant.
  • You may be hungry more often and you may feel cravings for some foods.
  • Chance of getting a urinary tract infection may increase this month. Drink 6 - 8 glasses of water each day.
  • Your uterus will be just below your navel by the end of this month.

    What Is Happening With Your Baby:

  • Your baby starts a growth spurt in length and weight.
  • Hair begins to grow on its head and downy hair, called lanugo, begins to cover its body. Eyebrows and eyelashes start to grow.
  • The skin starts to fill out with fat.
  • The kidneys make urine.
  • Your baby enjoys moving about in the amniotic sac. You may feel the baby's movements by the end of this month. The amniotic fluid increases a lot this month.
  • This month marks the midpoint in pregnancy.
  • Baby will be about 10 inches long and weighs about ¾ pound.

    Common Discomforts During This Time of Your Pregnancy:

  • Ankle / Foot Swelling
  • Breast Tenderness
  • Breast Leakage
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Constipation
  • Contractions (Braxton-Hicks)
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue and Tiredness
  • Flatulence
  • Food Cravings
  • Frequent Urination
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Increased Perspiration
  • Increased Saliva
  • Increased Vaginal Discharge
  • Ligament Pain (Sharp pulling sensation on either side of the lower abdomen)
  • Light headed and dizzy
  • Nasal Stuffiness and Bleeding
  • Nausea (Morning Sickness)
  • Sleeplessness
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vision Changes