Your pregnancy, month by month
- Your baby
Here you are, already halfway through your pregnancy! Your baby’s heart is now big enough to be heard beating with nothing but a stethoscope.
Your baby moves a great deal and often gives you little kicks. Very fine hair has grown on his head and his skin is covered with vernix caseosa, a sort of protective paste of sebum and epidermal cells. His skin thickens, but he does not yet have very much subcutaneous fat and so he is still wrinkly in appearance. His fingerprints and nails appear clearly. He sucks his thumb and his feet.
The sex of your baby is now clearly visible. If it’s a girl, all of her genital organs have formed (vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries).At your next ultrasound, you can learn the sex of your baby if you so wish!
Your baby is continually growing taller and filling out; by the end of the fifth month, your baby is almost 30 cm (12 inches) long and weighs almost 650 g (1.5 pounds).
Your body temperature rises because of the hyperactivity of your thyroid gland. You breathe more and may feel hot flashes. Your skin may also become irritated. Because of the increase in your blood volume, your legs may hurt. Continue to apply care products that help to soothe these minor pregnancy-related discomforts, and take time to rest.