How Your Baby Grows: Month 5

Your Baby

  • The baby becomes more active, turning from side to side and sometimes head over heels.
  • Finger and toe prints can be seen.
  • The baby sleeps and wakes at regular intervals.
  • This is a month of rapid growth. At the end of the fifth month, your baby is about 10 inches long and weighs 1/2 to 1 pound.

Your Body

  • If you haven’t already, you will begin to feel your baby moving. Tell your health care provider.
  • Your uterus has grown to the height of your belly button.
  • Your heart beats faster.
  • You may need eight or more hours of sleep each night. During the day, take rest breaks if tired. Don’t push yourself.

Prenatal Care Guide

  • Visit your health care provider for one prenatal care checkup.
  • Your baby’s growth and weight gain can be affected if you’re smoking, drinking or taking drugs. It’s never too late to quit.
  • Eat a healthy, nutritious diet and drink lots of juice, water and milk every day.

Article Courtesy of The March of Dimes