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Four months pregnant is kind of a big deal. Lots of exciting milestones occur this month as you get closer and closer to the big arrival.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms at Four Months Pregnant

Although you might not experience all of them, these pregnancy symptoms are common during the fourth month of pregnancy:

  • Weight gain
  • Itchy skin around your growing tummy and breasts
  • Appearance of stretch marks
  • Laboured breathing
  • Hunger
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Increased energy
  • Varicose veins
  • Spider veins
  • Changes in skin pigmentation.

At four months pregnant, there are relatively few nagging symptoms. That’s why this time is referred to as the “honeymoon” period of pregnancy — when many mums-to-be take on decorating, shopping, travelling, and any other preparations that require more energy. If you are planning to travel, read our pregnancy travel tips.

Week 20 Pregnancy Scan

Also known as the anatomy scan, the important week 20 ultrasound scan will allow your healthcare provider to check that everything is OK with both you and your little one.

During the week 20 scan, you may, if you wish, find out the gender of your baby. Whether you choose to learn the gender now or leave it as a surprise for the birth, you’ll likely start thinking about potential baby names.

Check out the Pampers Baby Name Generator; it lets you play with different settings to help you land on a name you love.

The ultrasound scan is a painless process. A cool jelly is rubbed on your tummy, and a wand is passed over your bump. A grainy image of your baby can be seen on a screen next to the bed.

Adjusting to Your Pregnancy Body

You’re doing an important job by providing a safe home for your growing baby, but this doesn’t mean you’ll always feel fully comfortable with your new shape. During the second trimester , enjoy getting some comfortable and flattering maternity clothes, either at local stores or online.

You may wonder how to respond when you get advice, questions, and comments about your pregnancy from strangers and loved ones alike. One good strategy is to thank them, letting them know you’ll think about what they've said, and leave it at that.

You may have already chosen to share your news with your boss and others at your workplace and begun maternity leave plans. At five months pregnant, it’s worth starting to plan how you will hand over your responsibilities to your colleagues so that you’re not leaving big, stressful jobs until the third trimester.

Fifth Month of Pregnancy Quick List

  • Sign up for prenatal classes: Many prenatal classes will start in the next month or two, so sign up to get as much support and information as you can.
  • Talk to your baby: Your baby is learning to recognise your voice and can hear better than before. Make a habit of talking, singing, or reading to your baby every day.
  • Know the signs of preterm labour: Now is the time to keep an eye out for the signs of preterm labour [https://www.pampers.co.za/pregnancy/pregnancy-symptoms/article/signs-of-preterm-labor-symptoms-and-causes]. Contact your doctor right away if you think you might be in preterm labour.
  • Use that energy boost: That second trimester surge in energy provides an opportunity to exercise, travel, prepare your home for your baby, and tie up any other loose ends. While you still have plenty of time, start to get those baby essentials. This checklist will help you get the things you and your baby will need.
  • Eat well: Your baby is growing rapidly at this point, and you might feel extra hungry. This is not the time to hold back on eating; instead, continue to eat a variety of healthy, nutritious foods.
  • Get comfortable: Explore comfortable ways to sleep, choose more comfortable shoes (especially if you’re experiencing swollen feet), find maternity wear that gives your growing body plenty of room to move and breathe, and choose maternity bras that support the changing shape of your growing breasts.