At five months pregnant, you’ve reached the halfway point of your pregnancy, and hopefully you’re feeling pretty great, because it’s all down hill from here. (Sorry!) Bask in the glow of your fifth month as the next few months are likely to bring you more exhaustion, worsening heartburn and a possible return your morning sickness.
• If you choose to, you’ll probably find out the gender of your baby. This can be one of the most exciting points of your pregnancy, but can also be disappointing if you had your heart set on one sex only to find out you’re expecting the other. Don’t worry, though, you will love your baby no matter what gender he or she turns out to be. And it doesn’t mean you’re a bad mother if you burst out in tears over the results.
• Now that you’re actually showing, strangers will start approaching you asking you increasingly personal questions and attempting to touch your stomach. Somehow, when it comes to pregnant women, personal boundaries cease to exist. Make sure to have some witty comebacks on hand to deal with such instances.
• Speaking of unsolicited advice from the peanut gallery, prepare for the constant barrage of “have you thought of a name?” Everyone and anyone will have an opinion, so probably best to keep your potential names to yourself. Need some tips for picking a name the rest of the world won’t hate? Read this.
Scary Mommy Tip: Start mapping out your perfect birth plan – soft music, flickering candles, all natural – and then scrap it. Coming up with stringent expectations for exactly what the birthing experience will be like will only result in inevitable disappointment. Learn to go with the flow now; motherhood is all about giving up control!