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Months four through six of your pregnancy will mark major fetal growth spurts, resulting in you gaining quite a bit of weight. Weight gain depends on your pre-pregnancy BMI and whether you are having multiples. You could gain anywhere between 11 and 54 pounds throughout your pregnancy. It is important for you to continue your monthly doctor visits, as they will help monitor your baby's development, screen for diseases, and ensure your delivery will be as complication-free as possible.
Increased sex drive, increased waistline, decreased nausea, detectable baby movements, weight gain, moodiness
Baby weighs about an ounce and measures about three inches, digestive tract forms, skeleton develops bones, arm and leg movement, thumb sucking; by week 17 baby's weight and size double
See physician once a month
Between weeks 15 and 22:
Once you reach the second trimester, your risk of miscarriage is significantly reduced. However, continue to watch for abnormal bleeding, "water breaking," swelling in your extremities, or headaches. Schedule dental cleanings, since swollen gums and calcium fluctuations can affect the health of your teeth. It is important to maintain dental health and avoid oral infections as they have been linked to preterm births. Talk to your dentist about what procedures are safe for you to undergo during your pregnancy.
Rapid breast growth, continued weight gain, rounding of the belly, weak contractions, stretch marks, waistline growth, gum swelling, joint cramps, back pain
Taste buds, light and auditory responses, transparent skin, lung activity, hair growth
Mid-pregnancy or Second Trimester Ultrasound
Weight gain (about a pound per week), belly growth, hemorrhoids, continued joint and back pain
Increased movement, blood cell production, skin becomes opaque, continued hair growth, fingerprints and footprints form, response to sounds; baby's size likely to have tripled since week 12
Diabetes blood screening
Continued lab tests necessary if: