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4th Month of Pregnancy – Symptoms and Fetal Development

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The first day was the planning and processing of the information. The brave decision made took quite a lot of heart and excitement. Previously her best friends have shared their information and ideas about pregnancy. She has heard her elders give advice’s to her; she has heard others share their own experiences.

One thing stood common amongst all. Even though they all talked about the difficult times they faced during pregnancy, the hardships, the responsibilities and every other, at the end. Whilst concluding their story they would always mark pregnancy as a miracle of god, as a magical journey. now in her fourth month, she understands ponders over all those advice’s and warnings and now she knows better why the end was always happy no matter what the previous nine months have been.

4th month of pregnancy

What To Think About This Month:

The few days after conception were pretty hectic and nerve wrecking. For a few nights she tossed and turned in her bed as different worries engulfed her. Her desperate attempt to get some shut eye was being rejected by her body. Right at the crack of the dawn, she runs to the bathroom and empties her guts out only to do the same set of events the next morning and the morning after that. The days that followed were different. She could feel herself getting depressed and sad at this irregularities. With the frequent need to relieve herself growing every time she knew her little one was cruel to make her go through all this.

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Her emotions vague and empty took a new turn with food and more food. Her appetite grew a notch up with every passing day until she found herself on a treasure hunt across her house looking for tit-bits every now and then. That was however the first few weeks precisely the first one and a half month until she realized the devil child in her growing into an angel with every heartbeat. She formed a bond where she knew exactly what the child was asking for and without hesitation she gave in. her morning sickness and insomnia subsided and so did her bathroom runs. This made her days better when she could control her emotions slowly. The doctor’ started giving good reviews about the baby’s development which made you look forward to each doctor visit.

Fetal Development of The Baby:

The baby is still a blastocyst in the early few days of conception and then turns into an embryo. By the time she completes her second month, she has already turned into a fetus resembling a miniature version of you. This in the fourth month takes up more developmental process. Here are the statistics of your baby in the fourth month of your magical journey.

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Development:

Now the significant changes in the baby can be properly seen. He now has escalated from being a pea sized pod to a full miniature version of you. The baby now is around seven inches long but he still has somewhat lanky and thin arms and legs. His lower limbs are starting to develop better now after the third month saw the development of the upper body. Her body now is coming at par with her bulbous head which indicates the growth of the body at this point of time. The hair in his scalp is growing and so is his fingernails which are prominent now. He now weighs a good seven ounces however this is an approx estimate and your baby can be over or under weight depending on him. If the doctor gives you the green signal you are in the clear.

Skin Care:

You know how we feel our body crumpling after a long time in a pool party and by the time we leave home our finger tips have coiled and wrinkled like your grandmothers’. The same thing might happen to the baby because of its nine months floating in the amniotic fluid sac. This sac actually helps him to protect his body from outer friction. Now a waxy grease like white substance called the vernix caseosa can be seen floating around the skin of the baby.

Hair:

Also soft brown hairs called lanugos are forming on the skin to protect the soft baby skin. With time your baby is slowly getting a pinkish hue. The baby now is growing hair on his scalp however this hair is colorless and white due to the lack of proper pigmentation.

Facial Care:

Right about now you can see miniature eyebrows developing in your baby’s face as she gets more and more prominent. Her sucked in nose now takes its original shape and her lip outline is traced and ready to develop. The soft teeth buds inside the gum are being formed and so are her eyelashes. This month the highlight will be the growth of facial hair, that is, the eyebrow and the eyelash. The ears also at around this time grow and become somewhat prominent.

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Genitals:

This is the month when your doctor can predict who you will be harboring in your womb so keep the baby names coming since there has to be a lot of choosing to do.

Thumb Sucking:

At this stage, your child usually starts sucking their fingers, usually that being the thumb for most kids. This is a very healthy development and it is a good move, since it means your child is still adapting to the touch with his newly formed fingers.

Symptoms of 4th Month Pregnancy and How to Overcome:

The baby’s mother also goes through some changes this month.

A Little Tingle:

The baby is born with reflexes so at around this time he may start rolling around in your uterus tumbling and playing. This might create a slight sensation in your lower abdomen even though it is hardly felt. It is just a strange tingling feeling that you feel every time he rolls over. To overcome this uneasiness, try sitting up straight, as this restricts the movement of your baby. However, do not do this all the time, since this hampers his play time inside your womb.

Pigmentation:

With the pregnancy growing in you, you will feel some irregularities in your skin, such as certain spots and pigmentation’s, certain patches and rashes. This is because of the over production of female hormones in your body that cause this reactions. This is however just a passing phase and disappears along with the pregnancy. The best way to overcome this situation is to add Aloe Vera or Vitamin E on the skin wherever the symptoms are noted. Besides, you can also massage olive oil on your skin to keep it hydrated and moisturized at all times.

Nasal Congestion:

A major challenge that you have to live through this month is fixing nose bleeds and a stuffy nose. That and blocked ears as well. This common symptoms of the pregnant women can get difficult if not cured with proper treatment. Also one should keep the doctor updated with the latest health news as this happens due to the excess supply of blood in mucous membranes. This problem continues till you give birth to the infant. Hence there is no permanent solution to this problem. All you can do is carry tissues or handkerchief with you.

Sleeplessness:

At this stage, you will tire out easily, but find troubles falling asleep. Nights might seem strange, as you find yourself staring at the ceiling and worrying about life problems. Apart from that, there is also discomfort and pain, trying to struggle with the right sleeping position. The best way to overcome these issues would be to take care of your general health and ask for tips from your family members who have been in the situation before you. Avoid sleeping pills entirely.

Fatigue:

This symptom will be faced by you through out the pregnancy. You will feel tired even by completing small and easy tasks. For this you can prepare time schedule for working and resting both. Rest at a particular interval of time is necessary. Working women can use comfortable chair pillows to reduce their pain and feel comfortable sitting.

4th Month Activities:

At this month, you will jot be able to carry out several tasks due to your baby bump. You will not be able to work by bending down or lifting weights. Also you will be urinating at a regular interval of time. Avoiding heavy meals will also help you to keep fatigue apart.

Checkups and more tests are the way to go this month. Make sure you continue few exercises without creating pressure to an extended level. Just as proper exercise is required, similarly proper diet and sleeping period is also necessary.

Diet and Exercise for The 4th Month:

Diet:

1. Fruits and Vegetables:

Including fresh and leafy vegetables in your meals will be beneficial to your health. Also fruits add hold be taken between the meals so that the stomach does not remain empty. Orange, banana, apples, broccoli, coconut, spinach etc are highly preffered for this phase.

2. Raw Foodstuff:

Few raw vegetables have changed more vitamins in it and hence several doctors advice to consume them raw. Also there are some vegetables which are preffered boiled to maintain the fat level in your body.

3. Vitamin C:

Fruits rich in vitamin C are taken the most in the 4th month of pregnancy. They help you to digest your food. Oranges, lemon and grapefruit are the most preffered fruits for the same.

Exercises:

When you enter the fourth month of your pregnancy, you need to concentrate on the exercise which work on your pelvic areas and your abs. Some of them are as below.

1. Belly Expansion:

Fold your legs and support your back against the wall. Place your hands on the knee and Inhale while the nose bringing the belly close to your body. Hold for 5 minutes. Now exhale and gain your prior position. Do the same 5 more times.

2. Squat:

This exercise is done by concentrating on the pelvic area. It helps you to gain proper posture and also gives space for the expansion of your pelvic area.

3. Stretching:

Stretching might be difficult for you with a baby bump but it will also help you to develop and strengthen your muscles which later helps in the delivery period. It also gives flexibility to your body.

4. Walking:

Walks when you are pregnant are beneficial as they would help your body get ready for delivery. Also it burns the excess calories which is also important for your health.

5. Stomach Adjustment:

Inhale through your nose and hold your breath. Try adjusting the center of gravity, so it is easier for you to work your angle for the next few months to come and the increasing bump.

Sex During Pregnancy In 4th Month:

You are developing mood swings and going crazy about everything in the world at this stage. Intimacy is perhaps the last thing on your mind right now, however, talk to your partner and if you can make some time off, talk about sexual activity and hit a common ground. Easy position’s the way to go and your sac will protect your baby just fine.

Tips To Overcome Stress During Pregnancy:

  • Now that you are in the fourth month, financial issues need to be taken care of right away, to be free from the next few months of stress.
  • Think over your baby once you are planning t work n out some task. The baby inside you needs rest too. Trust us, your baby will thank you later.
  • Take extra reassurance from your partner and support group, not only will it be of great help, but you will uncover many new things about the new life experience.
  • Start preparing for your home birth plan if you intend on taking that route. Besides, you should also make sure you have more time to devote to your midwife, telling her of all the details.

Medical Treatments and Checkup:

During the fourth month, the doctor undertakes a blood test which checks whether the baby inside is not having any problems. It checks the healthiness of the baby. As you will be entering the second tri semester phase, again few new changes would be undertaking in your body to be dealt with. Thus some common medicines you need would be.

  • Aches and pains- Acetaminophen. Steer clear of Ibuprofen and Naproxen.
  • Allergy- Antihistamines and Ioratidine. Avoid Pseudophedrine and Decongestants like Phenylephrine.
  • Cough- Dextromethorphan and Guaifenesin.
  • Constipation- Metamucil and Colace. Avoid laxatives and mineral oil.
  • Heartburn- Antacids and Famotidine.

Tips and Precautions :

  • Your baby will start kicking at this stage, so keep water around to control the hiccups.
  • Never step out without sunscreen, as it might harm your baby.
  • Take food well ahead of sleeping time, else it can turn into a case of bad nausea.
  • Use proper body postures when you sleep, sit and walk as it will affect your waist pain and also the child inside.
  • Make sure you sleep for minimum 10 hour a day. This will keep your body relaxed and your baby develop too.

You can look forward to your bundle of joy seeing the world with you soon. Bear with the few hitches that come in your way and you will have a smooth pregnancy the whole time.