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Fourth Month of Pregnancy

fourth_month_of_pregnancyA Magical New Sense of Growing Baby

Each stage of pregnancy is different from the next. The common challenges of the first trimester can be very trying for expectant mothers. The body adjusting to being pregnant is not always a graceful or smooth transition. As the second trimester begins, right around fifteen weeks pregnant, the world seems to change again. Many mothers view the fourth month of pregnancy as a welcome relief, full of some magical sensations.

What Should I Expect During My Fourth Month?

The first trimester has a reputation as being difficult. The body undergoes some immense changes in pregnancy, which is a difficult process. By the time the fourth month of pregnancy is reached, many of those initial difficulties, such as morning sickness and fatigue, subside. When people refer to pregnant women as glowing, it is usually during the second trimester. The tiredness experienced early on begins to disappear and is replaced with a new-found energy. Emotionally, many things can be happening. The reality of pregnancy often starts to really sink in, producing a wide range of emotions from excitement to anxiety to fear. It may be because of this that the risk of depression goes up for expectant mothers.

Generally speaking, it is right around fifteen weeks pregnant that mothers really start showing. This is more than just the early bump that so many refer to. The baby's new developments are very exciting. Baby grows hair, nails, and even eyelashes. More exciting, however, is that the second trimester is when you can feel baby move. Mothers that have been pregnant before tend to feel movements earlier than mothers expecting their first child. Please remember that baby has been moving throughout the pregnancy, but during the fourth month, you'll be able to feel the baby's movement. When looking at the big picture of the fourth month, it becomes clear that this is when mothers start to look and feel pregnant.

The fourth month of pregnancy is not without its own set of challenges, of course. Continued hormonal changes are apt to make mothers more sensitive emotionally than normal. In the fourth month there can also be physical challenges. In particular, some mothers experience discomfort as their bodies make adjustments for the growing baby. As the baby begins to exert more and more pressure inside the body, discomfort in the hips, lower back, stomach, and other areas are quite common. As baby begins to push upwards mothers may start to feel short of breath. Swelling and pinched nerves are also normal complaints happening as early as fifteen weeks pregnant. While most mothers experience the second trimester as a breath of fresh air following the first trimester, there are many mothers that continue to have a rough time. Just as each child is unique, so is each pregnancy, so please remember not to judge according to how friends and other family members have felt in their pregnancies. Utimately, all the discomfort will be worth it when you bring a brand new, healthy baby into the world.

Shanti Bradley

Shanti
Bradley

About the author

I grew up in Northern Indiana, near the University of Notre Dame.  I have a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Holy Cross College.  Aside from writing I am also a family health educator at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.  I work also as a Birth Doula and Lactation Specialist.  I love providing education and support for growing families.  I find it incredibly rewarding.

I have a husband and two children of my own.  They are three and five years old.  My three year old has Autism.  In addition to running around after them, I have a St. Bernard that I enjoy cuddling with.  I have also in the past worked as a nanny to three children, two of which were special needs.  Long before that, in what almost seems like another lifetime altogether, I worked as a restaurant general manager.