You're 4 months pregnant!
With your first trimester behind you and the second trimester approaching, it's time to get excited about the next stage in your pregnancy!
You’re 4 months pregnant and likely feeling more energetic and excited than ever. You’ve probably also noticed that your body is changing in some pretty amazing ways—and that you’re starting to feel a little less like yourself and more like someone who is going to be a mother.
You might be wondering what this means for your health and how you can best take care of yourself, so we wanted to share some tips on staying healthy and happy during the fourth month of your pregnancy.
4 Months Pregnant Is How Many Weeks
If you are in your fourth month of pregnancy, you may wonder how far along you are. The fourth month of pregnancy is between 13 and 16 weeks, depending on when your last menstrual period was.
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4 Months Pregnant Symptoms
You have probably been waiting for the day when you can feel your baby move inside your belly.
You are not alone. This is one of the most exciting times in a woman's life, and it is also a time when she needs to take care of herself more than ever. Keeping track of your pregnancy symptoms will help you know if something is wrong with your baby or is going on with you.
Here are some common 4 months pregnant symptoms:
What is morning sickness?
Morning sickness is the name given to the symptoms of nausea and vomiting experienced by many pregnant women. It usually starts in the first trimester of pregnancy but may persist into the second trimester.
The exact cause of morning sickness isn't known, but rising hormones in your body may trigger it. These hormones can also cause other symptoms, such as breast tenderness and food cravings. Morning sickness can vary from woman to woman, but common symptoms include:
- Nausea – this may be mild or severe and can last for a few minutes or hours at a time
- Vomiting – many women find that they vomit more frequently than usual during pregnancy because their stomachs are smaller than usual
If you're still experiencing morning sickness at this stage, ask your gynae if he or she can prescribe medication that can help ease your symptoms.
What to Expect Being 4 Months Pregnant
That little bean in your belly is growing and developing at an incredible rate.
You’ll feel a lot more tired than usual, and the symptoms of pregnancy that you’re used to will probably worsen. Your body will be adjusting to its new shape—which means it can take a little more effort to keep up with the daily tasks of life.
You’ll probably feel more nauseous than ever before, so don’t worry if you can’t eat anything without feeling sick! Try eating small meals every two hours instead of three big ones, or drink lots of water.
You might have some cravings too—it happens! But try not to overdo it because too many sweets can make you feel even more nauseous than usual.
In your 4th month of pregnancy, you can feel your little one moving around. You may be able to tell if it's a boy or a girl, and you'll likely start to feel more movement in your lower abdomen as the baby grows.
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At 4 months pregnant, you may also notice that some nights are better than others when it comes to getting rest. This is because of how much space the baby takes up in your belly. If you're feeling uncomfortable at night, try sleeping on your side with pillows between your legs for extra support.
And don't forget to talk with your doctor about any questions or concerns about being four months pregnant—even if they seem silly!
4 Months Pregnant: Belly Size
You've probably been wondering about the size of your belly at 4 months pregnant. How big is it?
When you're 4 months pregnant, you should show a good amount of belly, but it won't be as obvious as it will be later. Some people may not even notice that you're pregnant yet!
As your pregnancy progresses and your uterus grows larger, so will the size of your belly.
How big should your baby bump be?
You might be wondering what your belly should look like at this point in your pregnancy.
The simple answer is that it depends on a lot of factors, including your size and build, whether or not you've given birth before, and how much weight you gained during the first trimester. Here’s what’s common in mums at 4 months of pregnancy.
- The average size of a 4-month belly is about 8 inches bigger than usual.
- Some women feel like their bellies are growing faster than expected at this point in their pregnancy.
- Other women experience bloating or pressure sensations around this time due to the expanding uterus compressing major blood vessels like the vena cava and inferior vena cava veins; these symptoms typically decrease as the uterus continues to grow over time.
4 Months Pregnant: Baby Size
The foetus is about 6 inches long and weighs about 4 ounces.
It's amazing how quickly your baby grows in the first 4 months! At this point in your pregnancy, it's hard to believe that you once carried just a tiny egg. Now, it's a fully formed human being weighing less than a pound. You may not be able to see or feel your baby yet, but he or she has all the same organs as an adult. And they're growing faster than you could imagine!
Is It Normal to Not Feel Pregnant at 4 Months
Yes, it is. If you're not experiencing any symptoms, this does not mean that you're not pregnant or that something is wrong with your pregnancy. Many women experience their first-trimester symptoms for only a few weeks and then experience them again during the second trimester. Some women never have signs of pregnancy in the first trimester at all!
It's also possible that you may be experiencing symptoms that aren't directly related to pregnancy, like headaches or fatigue. These are common symptoms of many health conditions other than pregnancy, so if they're getting in the way of your daily life, talk to your doctor about getting tested for other conditions as well as pregnancy.
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What Are the Signs of a Healthy Pregnancy at 4 Months
Pregnancy is a wonderful, exciting time for you and your partner. But sometimes it's hard to know if you're doing everything right, especially since you've only been pregnant for four months.
First and foremost, if you're experiencing any of these symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible:
- Anxiety or depression
- Frequent urination or incontinence (peeing when you don't mean to)
- Intense abdominal pain (especially after eating)
- Severe swelling in hands or feet
- Extreme fatigue or weakness (even just getting out of bed can be exhausting)
Here are some ways you can tell if your pregnancy is going well:
- You've been getting lots of sleep and feeling rested when you wake up.
- Your morning sickness has subsided or at least isn't as bad as it was in previous months.
- You feel like eating more than ever.
- Your baby's heartbeat can be heard with an ultrasound machine.
- You're starting to show (even if it's just a little)
You're almost halfway there, but you and your baby still have a lot of growing to do. Should you have any questions about this stage of pregnancy, do not hesitate to consult your doctor.
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