This is an impressive week for growth! The baby will increase in weight to 8 ounces (227 grams)! If you are having a girl, her ovaries now contain primitive egg cells. Lanugo appears all over the baby’s body. This fine hair will remain until birth draws nearer – sometimes you can still see some on the baby’s face and ears after birth.
Permanent teeth buds are forming behind the already formed milk teeth buds.
As you approach the fifth month, your baby’s senses are developing fast – hearing, taste and touch.
Your hair may be unmanagable because the hormone levels in your body make it thicker and glossy. You may also find you are losing strands of hair, more than usual – this is not uncommon.
Your skin is sensitive to sunlight, and you may find dark patches appearing – sometimes quite defined like little birthmarks. A wive’s tale says you can get rid of these after the birth by rubbing the baby’s urine on the darkened areas. Use SPF 15 sun lotion if you go out in the sun.
If you have not looked into childbirth classes, now is the time to do so. Childbirth education is a great way of informing yourself about pregnancy, labour and birth. There are many different types of classes available and many different types of teachers. Enroll now before the spaces are all gone! Today’s classes generally offer topics to fit everyone’s birth wishes.
Find a class that best fits your schedule. Some classes meet for a few hours every week for several weeks, while other meet for an intense period of time over one or two days.
If you usually take medication for ailments like hay fever, consult your GP to check whether the drug will be harmful to you or your baby before you continue. If you do suffer from hay fever, stay away from grass and pollen as much as possible. Tell people not to send you flowers, for example.