At 6 months pregnant, you’re nearing the end of the second trimester. You might be feeling energized and excited about your baby's arrival in a few months, even if you're dealing with common pregnancy symptoms like heartburn, hot flashes, and backaches. Inside your belly, your baby is making great strides in development as his lungs and sucking reflex are nearly ready for when he makes his grand entrance! Want to learn more about what’s to come this month? Read on!

Common Pregnancy Symptoms at 6 Months Pregnant

At 6 months pregnant, you might experience some of these common pregnancy symptoms, but likely not all of them:

  • Heartburn. Those pesky pregnancy hormones are at it again, this time relaxing the valve between your stomach and esophagus. This allows stomach acids to leak into the esophagus, causing that uncomfortable burning sensation. If you’re bothered by heartburn, try eating about six smaller meals each day (rather than three larger meals), and try to avoid foods that seem to make it worse, such as spicy or fried dishes, citrus fruits, and chocolate.

  • Backaches. When you are 6 months pregnant and your belly continues to grow, the extra weight gain begins to place more strain on your back muscles and can cause lower back pain. A warm bath can be soothing, and if the pain persists, speak to your healthcare provider about safe pain medications you can take.

  • Hot flashes. If you thought hot flashes were only a sign of menopause, think again! It’s not uncommon for moms-to-be (who are burning more calories and generating more heat) to experience this symptom occasionally. If hot flashes are making you uncomfortable and sweaty, stay hydrated, wear loose-fitting clothing, and consider using a portable fan at home and at work.

  • Dizziness. At 6 months pregnant, as your belly grows, your circulation is changing, and there may be less blood flow to your upper body and head. If you feel lightheaded, move slowly when changing positions, drink plenty of water, and avoid standing for long periods of time.

  • Leg cramps. At 6 months pregnant, some moms-to-be get cramping in their lower legs, particularly at night. The jury is still out on what exactly causes these cramps, but regular exercise, staying hydrated, and massaging the calf muscles before bed can sometimes help prevent them. If a cramp does strike, try stretching the muscle, taking a warm bath, or applying an ice pack to the affected area.

  • Fast heartbeat. The thought of meeting your little one might make your heart beat a little more quickly than usual, but did you know that an increased heart rate can be normal during pregnancy? Your heart is working extra hard to pump up to 50 percent more blood around your body now. If you notice that your heart rate stays elevated for long stretches, or if you also have difficulty breathing, speak to your healthcare provider.

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How Is Your Baby Developing This Month?

Your baby’s eyelids are still shut, but those little eyeballs are moving behind the lids. When he's not asleep, your baby might also respond to loud noises or your voice by moving in response.

By this month, your little one’s lungs are completely formed. Of course, there’s still a way to go before they’re ready to function in the outside world. Your baby’s sucking reflex is improving, and he might be looking for his thumb right now while you’re reading this article.

Aside from vital organs and internal systems, your baby has also developed something else that’s very important when you’re about 6 months pregnant—their very own fingerprints and toe prints. They may have gotten their genes from mom and dad, but these prints are all theirs!

How Big Is Your Baby When You’re 6 Months Pregnant?

Wondering about your baby’s size when you’re 6 months pregnant? He could weigh more than 1 pound and be almost 12 inches long around this time.

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What Does a Fetus Look Like at 6 Months?

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6 Months Pregnant: Your Body’s Changes

What does 6 months pregnant look like? It’s different for every mom-to-be, but by this month, you may have gained somewhere between 10 to 15 pounds.

Your changing body and your weight gain at 6 months pregnant may affect how you feel about how you look. Some moms-to-be love their pregnancy bodies, and that’s great! For other women, it’s perfectly normal to go back and forth between feeling comfortable with their appearance.

Your body is doing an amazing job right now, so try to remember to give it (and yourself) the love you both deserve. Moderate exercise and a healthy diet can help you feel your best. These strategies can also ensure you have the strength you’ll need for labour and delivery.

At 6 months pregnant, as your belly grows and your center of gravity changes, certain activities, like your usual exercise routine or even sleeping, can become a little more difficult. Another one of these activities is sex.

If you and your partner feel like having sex, great! If you don’t, that’s OK too.

How Far Along Are You at 6 Months Pregnant?

At 6 months pregnant, you’re finishing up the second trimester, and you might be wondering just how many weeks 6 months pregnant is. The answer can be confusing because there are several different ways the weeks of pregnancy can be split into months.

It turns out that 6 months pregnant could start anywhere from week 21, 22, or 23 and extend to week 27 or 28.

FAQS AT A GLANCE

At 6 months pregnant, you may undergo a glucose challenge test to check for gestational diabetes. You may also be screened for Rh antibodies to make sure your blood type and your baby’s are compatible.

Checklist for When You’re 6 Months Pregnant

☐ Stuck on what to name your baby boy or girl? Why not hold a baby naming party and get your friends and family involved in the process? Read up on how to host a fabulous baby naming party here.

☐ Keep searching for the perfect baby’s name using our Baby Name Generator.

☐ Consider whether you’d like to hire a labour support person called a doula and start researching possible doulas in your area. Your midwife or other moms who have given birth recently might be able to point you in the right direction.

☐ As your bump grows and your pregnancy progresses you may have some questions about how sex during pregnancy is different. Consult your healthcare provider about any specific questions you have and keep the lines of communication open with your partner.

☐ Start finalizing your baby shower registry list as the special day might be just around the corner. Your shower host will need the registry details before sending out the invitations, so ask her when she needs your finished registry list by.

☐ There’s still time to plan a babymoon if you’d like to get away. Whether you’d like to go on a quick weekend away or on a longer vacation, it’s a good idea to squeeze it in soon before you get too far along.

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How We Wrote This Article
The information in this article is based on the expert advice found in trusted medical and government sources, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. You can find a full list of sources used for this article below. The content on this page should not replace professional medical advice. Always consult medical professionals for full diagnosis and treatment.