How Your Baby Grows: Month 6

Your Baby

  • The skin is red and wrinkled and covered with fine, soft hair.
  • Eyelids begin to part and the eyes open.
  • The baby continues to grow rapidly. At end of the sixth month, the baby is about 12 inches long and weighs 1 1/2 to 2 pounds.

Your Body

  • You may feel the baby kicking strongly now.
  • The skin on your growing belly may start to itch.
  • Your back may hurt. Wear low-heeled shoes or flats. Don’t stand for long periods of time. Exercise can help.
  • You may feel pain down the sides of your belly as your uterus stretches the ligaments that support it.
  • Prenatal Care Guide

  • Visit your health care provider for one prenatal care checkup.
  • You may be constipated. Drink more water or fruit juice, eat more foods with fiber (like fruits and vegetables) and get some exercise (with your health care provider’s approval).
  • To help with heartburn, try eating four or five smaller meals during the day.
  • Do not take laxatives or antacids without asking your health care provider.





Article Courtesy of The March of Dimes