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You're in your fourth month of pregnancy, and your baby is almost 6 inches from head to rump, with a weight of around seven ounces. The baby is very well developed and getting bigger every day! A white coating forms on your baby (called vermix), and fine hair continues to grow on your baby's body. Vermix helps to protect your baby's skin from the fluid in the womb, and will remain there until the birth.

As your pregnancy continues, you'll find that you feel more tired and suffer from symptoms related to the baby's increasing weight. Your limbs and abdomen may ache, and your ankles and feet can swell. Putting your feet up in the evening and wearing pregnancy support hose can reduce swelling and keep varicose veins away.

Heartburn, constipation and hemorrhoids are common at this stage of pregnancy. Stay away from spicy foods, and avoid straining during bowel movements, which can cause hemorrhoids. Your blood vessels dilate, which can cause small red marks on your face and arms. These spider nevi are temporary, and will disappear soon after your baby's birth. Another symptom that affects many women is the mask of pregnancy. This appears as several brown or red blotches on your face. This will go away after your baby is born, so don't panic if your skin is itchy, dry and you suffer from rashes.

You can help reduce dry skin by drinking lots of water, and using a moisturizer on your face. While you can't eliminate pregnancy mask or spider nevi, you can treat dry skin. You might notice more stretch marks on your stomach and breasts, but there's nothing you can do to prevent them from happening.

As you near your third trimester, you're feeling more tired, and can't move around as easily as you could a few weeks ago. Your organs are working harder as the baby's quick growth puts extra strain on your heart and lungs. You may get winded more easily, and find yourself out of breath after a short walk.

Pregnancy exercise is a great way to stay in shape and increase energy, but you'll have to modify your fitness routine to accommodate your larger belly! Don't do exercises that involve jumping or bouncing, and stop immediately if you feel dizzy or nauseous. Make sure you stay hydrated before, during and after your workout, and stretch carefully before and after you exercise.

 


 
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