- The baby moves, kicks and swallows.
- The skin is pink and transparent.
- The umbilical cord continues to carry nourishment from mother to baby—but it also can pass along hazards like alcohol, nicotine and other drugs.
- By the end of the fourth month, your baby is 6 to 7 inches long and weighs about 4 to 5 ounces.
- Your appetite increases as morning sickness goes away. You should begin to feel more energetic.
- Toward the end of the fourth month (16 to 20 weeks), you might feel your baby move for the first time; tell your health care provider.
- Your belly begins to show—you probably will need maternity clothes and bigger bras now.
Prenatal Care Guide
- Visit your health care provider for one prenatal care checkup.
- Pregnant women need extra iron—more than even a good diet can supply. Your doctor may recommend iron supplements.
- You’ll probably gain about a pound a week, or 12 to 14 pounds, during the second trimester (months 4 to 6).
- If your health care provider recommends prenatal testing using amniocentesis or a blood test called a triple screen for Down syndrome and neural tube defects, you can have them at 15 to 18 weeks.
Article Courtesy of The March of Dimes