How Your Baby Grows: Month 4

Your Baby

  • 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 Body

  • 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