Well done, mum, you’re already in your second trimester!
Experts and veteran mums refer to this phase as the honeymoon period of pregnancy since unwanted pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, fade. Yes, it’s time to finally say goodbye to the morning sickness and fatigue you’ve endured for the past three months.
It’s also when you’re learning more about your growing baby – including finding out about the gender. You’ll also feel the baby’s movement for the first time during the second trimester.
Now that you’re slowly getting back to your energetic self, here are some helpful week-by-week guides and articles that may be useful.
When Is the Second Trimester
The second trimester is the middle of pregnancy, which lasts from the 13th to the 27th week. During this time, you may be able to feel your baby’s movements, and you’ll probably have gained some weight by now.
It’s also a great time to start preparing for your baby. Find out what you need to do before the birth, including scheduling prenatal visits and taking care of some paperwork.
When Does Second Trimester Start
The second trimester pregnancy week starts from the 13th week of your pregnancy. The second trimester is generally considered the most comfortable and enjoyable time in your pregnancy. You will have a lot of energy and feel good about being pregnant.
The baby’s growth has slowed down, but it is still growing at a rapid rate. You will continue to gain weight during this period, but not as much as in the first trimester. Your body prepares itself for childbirth by increasing blood volume and developing an adequate milk supply for breastfeeding.
Some women may experience nausea during this period, but it can be controlled with medication prescribed by their doctors if needed.
Pregnancy Second Trimester Symptoms
If you’re pregnant, you’ve probably already noticed some changes in your body. But did you know that the second trimester is when most of those changes kick in? It’s also when some common pregnancy symptoms start to appear.
Here are some of the most common second-trimester symptoms:
- Fatigue and sleepiness
- Increased urination frequency
- Increased appetite and cravings for certain foods
- Headaches and back pain
- Changes in taste buds or smell sensitivity
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The second trimester is the time of your pregnancy when you start to feel like a real human being again. Your body is starting to look more like it used to, and all of that morning sickness is behind you. You’re starting to feel more energetic and confident in your body and skin, and your sense of smell returns!
You may notice that you’re getting pimples or breakouts here and there—this is normal. Your hormones are still adjusting, and even though they’re not throwing up everything they eat anymore, they’re still undergoing some changes. This can cause acne, but don’t worry—it will go away soon!
Also, you might start feeling more tired and hungrier than usual during this time. That’s because your baby has been growing rapidly over the last few months (and will continue to do so), which means he or she needs more nutrients from you than ever before.
So enjoy the glow while it lasts!
The second trimester is great for getting comfortable with labour and delivery. This is when you’ll start feeling Braxton Hicks contractions. They’re called that because they were first discovered by an English physician named John Braxton Hicks, who noticed that his wife had regular contractions during her pregnancy.
These contractions are your body’s way of getting ready for the real thing: they’ll be uncomfortable but not painful and feel like a tightening in your belly. They’re a sign that your body is getting ready for birth—they just won’t hurt as much as labour itself will!
Fetal Development During Second Trimester
The second trimester is the time when your baby’s body and brain are developing at a rapid pace. You may feel your baby move around and even notice hiccups!
In the second trimester, your baby is about 3 inches long and weighs about 4 ounces. The fetal development during this period can be broken down into three parts:
Your baby’s brain is growing rapidly during this period, especially regarding the neurons connecting different brain areas. This means your baby’s brain is becoming more complex and more organised by the day.
Your baby will start moving his or her arms and legs more now, although these movements are still fairly limited compared to what they’ll be like later in pregnancy or after birth.
Your baby’s organs are also growing rapidly during this stage of development—especially their heart! The blood vessels within their heart will start forming to circulate blood throughout their bodies once they’re born (or before). The lungs also continue to grow in size during this stage of development, so they’re ready for breathing after birth.
Danger Signs of Pregnancy in the Second Trimester
You’ve probably heard of some of the most common signs of pregnancy, like missed periods and morning sickness. But there are also some less obvious signs that you may still need to be aware of.
The second trimester is often when parents-to-be start to feel more confident in keeping their baby safe, but it’s still important to keep your eyes open for any new developments.
Here are some common danger signs to watch out for in the second trimester:
- Abdominal pain
- Spotting or bleeding
- Increased fatigue (even if you were already tired before)
- Dizziness when standing up quickly
- Headaches that don’t respond to ibuprofen or acetaminophen (if they do, drink more water!)
- Nausea (if it’s severe enough to make it difficult for you to eat or drink enough fluids)
What to Eat During the Second Trimester of Pregnancy
Now that you’re in the second trimester, it’s time to get serious about eating for two—and that means no more skipping meals because you’re too busy.
The most important thing to remember is that your baby has started to grow now, and his or her brain needs a lot of nutrients. That means you need to ensure you’re getting enough protein and iron, which are critical to developing your baby’s brain and muscles.
Iron is found in red meat, seafood like tuna and salmon, eggs, beans, lentils and dark leafy greens like spinach. Protein comes from meat (chicken breast is an excellent choice), eggs and dairy products like milk or yoghurt. You should try to eat these foods at every meal, so your body has plenty of energy for babysitting this little one!
You’ve got a year-long relationship with vegetables ahead of you, so it’s important to start things off on the right foot now. Try to eat five servings of vegetables daily, which means eating approximately six servings per week (three servings at each meal). If it helps, buy fresh veggies instead of frozen ones so that they maintain their nutritional value before you have time to eat them all.
Fruits are high in antioxidants and vitamins A and C, which are great for keeping your immune system strong. But since they’re also high in sugar, try to eat only a few fruits unless they’re organic or naturally sweetened (like apples). If you do choose fruit instead of vegetables, aim for two servings per day—or three if they’re organic
Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide for Your Second Trimester
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Food and Nutrition
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If you have any concerns about your health or your baby’s health in the second trimester of pregnancy, do not hesitate to ask your OB-Gynaecologist on your next check-up.
Updates by Pheona Ilagan
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