5 Months Pregnant: Fetus Size, Features, Body Changes, Baby Size

Baby During 5th Month of Pregnancy

Your baby weighs about one pound and is about ten to twelve inches long. It is about the size of a regulation football. You are half way through pregnancy presently.

  • The 5 month fetus now starts to gain a little weight because of the accumulated deposits of brown fat under her skin. This fat will help control her body temperature in the outside world.
  • If you were not feeling her presence last month you will do so now because of her bulkiness.
  • An ultrasound will show her clenched hands, which open and close freely. They also have their own unique fingerprints.
  • The fetus is now enveloped in a white oily substance known as vernix caseosa that acts as a chap-stick. It prevents her fluid soaked skin from peeling and protects against infection. The vernix will be present on the baby even at birth, usually in the skin folds. The quantity of vernix will be less if she is post-term and more if she is born early.

Mother During The Fifth Month Of Pregnancy

Your body will experience a new set of aches and pains this month.

The body’s muscles and ligaments stretch to support the weight of growing baby and hence the pain.

Body Changes For A 5 Month Pregnant Mother

Fetal Development at 5th Month The skin of your belly is stretching, tightening and itching. A good moisturizing cream hydrates your skin and can relieve the itching. But it fails to prevent or eliminate striae gravid arum (stretch marks). Genetics has a major role to play whether or not you will develop stretch marks. However multiple gestations and excessive weight gain increases your chances of acquiring stretch marks.

The body produces excess collagen in response to the rapid stretching of the skin. Due to this whitish, red or purple lines of striae are created. They may appear on your abdomen, breasts or any other part of the body that is expanding. Stop worrying because these striae usually fade to almost invisible silver lines after pregnancy. But if you do feel conscious and in severe cases some treatment are available.

Varicose veins or spider veins are fine marks that usually appear on the lower legs. They are caused when increased volume of blood and pressure damage the valves that control the flow of blood. As a result blood gets pooled in the vein and gives rise to red or blue lines. Resting on your left side, putting up your feet, supportive stockings and taking occasional walk when you have to stand for long help relieve leg soreness associated with varicose veins.

Feelings Of A 5 Month Pregnant Mother

You may experience occasional discomfort in your inner thighs, hips and lower abdomen called round ligament pain. This is because the ligaments that support your uterus are carrying load that is increasing. Pelvic tilt exercises helps tone your perineum and ease pregnancy aches and pains.

The pelvic tilt can be performed by standing against a wall or in a crawling position. (Four on the floor style). The exercise is most comfortable if done in the crawling position. Keep your head aligned with your spine. Pull in your abdomen. Tighten your buttocks and tilt your pelvis forward. This will enable your back to have a natural arch up. Hold the position for three seconds and then relax. During this neutral position always maintain a straight level. Repeat the tilt three to five times. Eventually increase it to ten repetitions.

Pregnancy hormones are responsible for almost all uncomfortable things. It also contributes to the lower back pain that you are experiencing. With your growing belly your back is feeling the strain as well. Lower back pain occurs in almost fifty percent of pregnant women. Women who are having twins are prone to lower back pain. Call your doctor immediately if abdominal and/or back pains are severe or are accompanied by vomiting, leg numbness or fever. Back pain during pregnancy is quite normal. But it can also be a sign of kidney infection, pre term labor or other medical problems in severe cases.

Pregnancy brings about changes in your metabolism. And added weight causes further problems. You may feel hot and uncomfortable. Cool yourself in the shower or tub; dress comfortably, invest in an Air conditioner. If you cannot afford it then buy an extra fan.

Other Symptoms During Month Five of Pregnancy

  • Frequent urination
  • Nausea
  • Tender and/or swollen breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in skin and hair.
  • Dizziness or light-headed feeling
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gas, heartburn and/or constipation
  • Excess mucus and saliva
  • Headaches
  • Mild shortness of breath
  • Increase in normal discharge.

At the Doctor’s
Besides the usual check-ups (Blood Pressure and weight) your doctor may advice you for a glucose tolerance test (GTT). This is usually carried out at the end of the month between weeks twenty four and twenty eight. You maybe asked to keep a count of fetal movements.

Since you are half way through pregnancy you may have a new set of questions in your mind. Clarify the same with your doctor. You can start collecting information on different childbirth methods from local hospital and birthing center. Bing, Bradley and Lamaze are some of the different childbirth methods. You and your partner can decide on the method that is appropriate for you.


  1. san said:

    I am in my 5th month and have severe left leg pain and also my stomach aches which is tolerable, could you please advice me as what to do to avoid these kind of aches. How about having beer once in a week? How necessary is the tetanus injection? To increase haemoglobin which is the best food intake and I eat only chicken and occassionally eat fish as well.

    May 23, 2009
  2. Susan Vigil said:

    I have severe pain in my right leg and wanted to know if this kind of pain is ok. I am about 20 weeks into my pregnancy. I do not eat red meat and diet consists of vegetables, poultry and fish sometimes. Is it ok to have a beer once in a week?

    May 23, 2009
    • donna said:

      Thanks for your honesty about your questions. And shame on those who could not be supportive.

      I would strongly recommend speaking to a health care professional… (Even a local woman’s clinic if you are currently uninsured) with these very important questions you have. I am pregnant with my second child and have asked all of these questions myself. Yes excessive alcohol in any form can be detrimental to your child. However, a beer or a glass of wine with your meal once in a while is perfectly reasonable. Do not drink every day, or drink excessively during pregnancy, or anytime really. Ask a health care professional about alcohol and pregnancy. The tetanus issue is important but again you need a professional helping you.

      March 8, 2010
  3. A P said:

    I am five month pregnant. What type of care or measures should I take? I am a working woman, and have over loads of work. I travel 2-3 hours daily by bus. ho can my husband help me during this pregnancy phase?

    May 24, 2009
    • donna said:

      Try to elevate your feet while on the bus… which may be awkward but it will help with any back aches you might be having. Have hubby cook or pick up dinner so you don’t have to worry about that too when you get home. If you sit a lot, be sure to take a short 5 minute stroll to get the blood moving at least every hour. Listen to your body and seek medical advice. Good luck with everything 🙂

      March 8, 2010
  4. Anonymous said:

    I am 5 months and 2 weeks pregnant and still waiting on an ultrasound to find out if I am having boy or girl. Anyway I feel baby moving a lot now and its strong. Is that a good sign as this is my first pregnancy.

    February 26, 2010
  5. N said:

    I am 4 months pregnant. Before pregnancy I was chewing tobacco regularly. After I got pregnant I have taken tobacco during the first month of pregnancy, but the ultrasound reports are normal. When I came to know about my pregnancy, I quit tobacco. Is there any harm of tobacco mentally or physically to my unborn?

    March 27, 2010
    • PUP said:

      Apart from being carcinogenic, tobacco has many other side effects, like low birth weight of the child if the mother is a regular smoker, miscarriage is more in females who consume tobacco in any form.
      You have left tobacco at the right time, complete stopping tobacco before the second trimester will have no significant risk, compared to non smoking mother.
      There is no demonstrated risk of increase in fetal malformation, or mental development associated with tobacco.

      March 31, 2010
  6. T said:

    I am 19 years old and pregnant with my first baby. I am 5 months pregnant today and my left leg is so sore when I touch it, it just feels like it is burning on the inside of it, it hurts so bad. Since I have been pregnant I have been craving hot & spicy chicken wings. I am still scared a little about my first baby cause I have never been through this before its something different to me.

    April 14, 2010
  7. Elizabeth said:

    I am 5 months pregnant and i’ve been having some odd lower back pains. Could this be because of my pregnancy? Also, how can I make sure i’m eating the right amount of food so its just enough for me and the baby and not causing me to become fat or produce diabetes? I am only 16 and I could really use the knowledge of helping my baby come out healthy and problem free.

    May 5, 2010
  8. jen said:

    At 19 weeks I would not really be worried it really depends on the individual and your body type. But ask your doctor because sometimes the reassurance on the internet is just not good enough I have personally found. Good luck!

    June 5, 2010
  9. jen said:

    I am 5 months pregnant and I have the worst pressure down really low, and I am having lower back cramping with it. I am so worried about going into labor early, could anyone tell me if they have gone through this? This is going to be my second child and with this one it is completely different then when I had my son, this one is a girl. I would really appreciate anyone’s help.

    June 5, 2010
    • L S said:

      I am 19 weeks and 4 days! I am having the same problem, I went to the doc and she told me that it was growing pains in the ligaments because the baby is growing! Hope all works out with you, oh yeah this is my 3rd!

      August 11, 2010
      • F.H said:

        I am also having these problems, sometimes to the point where I am in pain. I have been in hospital twice, but they keep telling me that nothing is showing up. This is also my second pregnancy, and I didn’t experience anything like this first time round. Another thing, I am 5 months pregnant now, and have not felt my baby. However I did at 17 weeks in my first pregnancy.

        September 29, 2010
  10. linette said:

    I am five months pregnant. I had abdomen pain during my second month and when I was 3 month. Every thing stopped I mean the pain. My problem is that I eat almost everything and I eat a lot.Is the any problem eating everything to my health and the baby. I love fresh chips, yogurt, chocolates, green salad. I just love everything they call food.

    September 29, 2010
  11. sara perdue said:

    I was wondering is it okay for me to work while I am five months pregnant going on six. I have been looking for a job for months but its really hard to find one not being pregnant but even harder when I am pregnant.

    October 15, 2010
  12. nm said:

    I am 5 months pregnant and I just recently have been able to eat and my food stays down. I still feel sometimes I have to force myself to eat. I’m a concerned mom about my baby’s weight with not eating the way I should be. Any one been through this and any suggestions?

    November 1, 2010
  13. Brian said:

    My fiancé is 5 months pregnant and is starting to worry me. She has not been growing as much as someone else, and I believe she should be a little larger than she is. She has no vaginal bleeding but she is having pains in her abs and back but only after she eats.

    I don’t understand this, we went to get an ultrasound and find out the gender and we asked the doctor about it but he said it wasn’t anything to be too worried about but I’m just looking to see if anyone else has yet to have this problem and could possibly give me any information, I am extremely worried for my fiancé’s and child’s well being! Please if anyone could give me some advice!!

    December 2, 2010
    • PUP said:

      Measure her weight regularly. You will find her growing. Secondly she may eat healthy food such as banana, milk, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vegetables and fruits. Weight gain may depend from person to person. Keep a regular check up of weight and follow up with her gynecologist.

      December 10, 2010
  14. Tiffany said:

    I am 5 months in two weeks pregnant, my Baby just won’t stop moving, she moves all day every day, In My legs hurt really bad I thought something was wrong with them. But now I know There suppose to hurt.

    December 14, 2010
  15. Emily said:

    If my baby isn’t moving at five months was does that mean

    February 1, 2012
  16. N said:

    I am in the beginning of 6th month of my pregnancy, but my stomach doesn’t look like it. What should be the sitting position or posture? Is sitting in the floor is good? I have pain from my hip to toes while sleeping and back pain too.

    February 1, 2012
  17. NM said:

    I have completed five months of pregnancy and I feel lots of movements of my baby. Also these days I have problem of acidity and headache. Please suggest some safe remedies for this.

    March 19, 2012
  18. JA said:

    I am 5 months pregnant and I feel that the baby is restless and keeps moving around lot. I am always up late at night trying to relax the baby but i don’t know what to do. I am worried that the baby will not settle down. Please advise me what should I do?

    March 25, 2012
  19. AD said:

    I am 29 years old and 5 months pregnant but I still can’t feel my baby’s movement. My doctor says that I have a completely normal pregnancy. Is it because it is my first pregnancy? I spend sleepless nights because my mouth feels very dry accompanied with breathlessness and I wake up at night. I want to know if these are normal symptoms. Is there something I can do to have a good sleep?

    June 9, 2012
  20. ES said:

    I Am 5 months pregnant and I can feel my baby move a lot and it started moving in 4 months time. I have some little normal back pain and I feel tired sometimes but I work same like before. Every day I do exercises for my back and legs which I think are of great help. I don’t have the idea of some good exercises. Is it possible for you to give me some tips on these exercises?

    June 22, 2012
  21. Centia said:

    I am five months pregnant and my breasts are already leaking milk. Is it normal? It really is worrying me.

    June 29, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Most of the time milk is secreted after soon after delivery or in the last stage of pregnancy. The first milk that is secreted is called colostrum. However leaking period may vary from one woman to another and from pregnancy to pregnancy. Do not worry, it is normal. It indicates that you have good milk secretion for your baby.

      July 14, 2012
  22. FA said:

    I am 23 years old and I am 5 months pregnant with my 1st child. I am under weight, 45 kg only and the stomach is also not so out. What should I eat to put on some weight as well as my baby’s weight? I want my baby to be strong and healthy. I also have back pain and some times I take too much stress what should I do?

    July 20, 2012
  23. NSH said:

    I am 5 months pregnant and I can feel my baby move a lot and it started moving in 4th month. I have back pain and I feel tired but I work same like before. I don’t have the idea of some good exercises. Is it possible for you to give me some tips on these exercises? Also I can’t sleep well at night, could you please give me some tips?

    July 30, 2012
    • PUP said:

      If you are doing all your household chores, there is nothing better exercise then it. You do not need any more exercise. But if you feel back pain, avoid lifting heavy objects. Eat healthy nutritious and balanced diet. Eat foods that are rich in iron and calcium. For getting proper night sleep, drink one glass of warm milk while sleeping. Milk contains a compound which is helpful in inducing sleep. Besides, milk is rich source of calcium which is vital for you as well as for your growing baby.

      July 31, 2012

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