Unless your entire pre-pregnancy wardrobe consisted of elastic waisted yoga pants – no judgment – chances are, you need to be transitioning to the wonderful world of maternity clothes by the time you’re six months pregnant. Don’t go crazy on a massive new wardrobe; a pair of jeans, a few tops, some leggings and maybe a dress is really all you need. Better yet? Shop second hand stores; the maternity clothes are usually in great shape since they’ve only been worn for a short period of time.
• At this point you may also have felt your baby’s first kicks. While exciting (in a sci-fi movie kind of way,) the constant kicking and turning will eventually become uncomfortable, so enjoy it now. The kicks aren’t always outwards, so prepare to occasionally experience the sensation of your organs being kicked repeatedly.
• New symptoms just keep on coming! This month, say hello to out of control gas, terrible heartburn and backaches. Any glow that you had last month is slowly subsiding as you become more and more tired and uncomfortable. Now is the time to start demanding nightly foot and/or back rubs from your partner… just try not to fart too much at the same time.
• Sometime between week 24 and week 28, you’ll take a glucose test to screen for gestational diabetes. The test is relatively painless- just drinking a can of a glucose mixture (think the grossest, sweetest, flattest soda ever,) and then having blood drawn exactly one hour later. If the lab comes back with a high level of glucose, you’ll need to fast overnight and take another test with four different blood drawings. If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you’ll be put on a special diet (buh-bye white bread and midnight ice cream) and need to monitor your glucose levels at home four times a day until delivery. Fortunately, gestational diabetes doesn’t mean that you had diabetes before you conceived, or that you will have it after giving birth. Most likely this is just a fleeting stage and you can go back to those sundaes after you deliver.
• If you haven’t started doing Kegel exercises, now is a good time to start. Of course, if you see nothing wrong with peeing yourself every time you laugh or sneeze, feel free to skip them!
• You may have started a registry around now, or should plan on starting one soon and be prepared: It will be the most overwhelming experience of your life. The bottom line is that you really don’t need all that much for a baby, at least right away. A place for them to sleep, a carseat, diapers and wipes, a few onsies and some sort of carrier will get you through the first few weeks. Things you’ve never heard of like a “pee-pee tee-pee” and wipe warmer? Just say no.
Scary Mommy Tip: Take some time to pamper yourself. This may be the last month you walk like a semi-normal person, as you’ll soon be waddling your way through the days, so enjoy yourself while you still can.