By 5th month of pregnancy, your baby has developed some senses. Taste buds begin to develop on her tongue. Your baby will now respond to loud noises.
The development of major organs continues. You baby will also develop some protection for the uterine environment as well. At this point of pregnancy, the body of your baby will be covered by a white, waxy substance called the Vernix Caseosa, released from baby’s oil glands to keep the body safe from the amniotic fluid. The lunago (downy hair) appear on the entire skin of your baby.
Until now, your baby doesn’t have an independent immune system; the only protection given to your baby is by vernix and placenta. At this stage, the fat deposits or Brown Fat begin to accumulate under the skin of your baby that will help monitoring the temperature of body during the labor time as well as in the external world.
Your baby will measure about 7.5 inches in length based on ‘Crown-Rump’ measurement with a weight of about 1 pound. The kidneys of your baby start producing urine by this time as well.
The earlier symptoms of pregnancy are now gone, but you will start experiencing new pregnancy symptoms in the form of heartburn and indigestion as well as constipation and pelvic pain. Although, pelvic pain is a normal practice during pregnancy, but if the pain gets severe don’t hesitate to talk to your healthcare provider.
As your uterus is growing with the developing size of your baby, you may begin to experience some stretch marks on your skin. Also, you will start feeling the movements make by your baby in the womb.
Increased blood activity in your body will often result in increased perspiration and sweating. During this time of pregnancy, some women may experience a whitish-yellow discharge from their breasts. It is normal as your body is preparing for breastfeeding.