What to Expect in Your 2nd Trimester of Pregnancy

The 2nd trimester of pregnancy is often referred to as the “honeymoon period” because many of the challenging symptoms from the first trimester start to fade, and the added physical strain of the third trimester has yet to begin. It spans from weeks 13 to 26. Here are some things you can expect during this stage:

Physical Changes

  • Baby Bump: Your belly will become more pronounced as the baby grows.
  • Breast Enlargement: Your breasts will continue to grow and may start to produce colostrum.
  • Skin Changes: You may notice stretch marks, a dark line down your abdomen (linea nigra), or patches of darker skin due to hormonal changes.
  • Reduced Nausea: Morning sickness often dissipates, although it can continue for some.

Baby’s Development

  • Growth Spurts: The baby will be growing rapidly, developing facial features, toenails, and even fingerprints.
  • Movement: You’ll start to feel your baby move, known as “quickening,” usually around 18 to 22 weeks.
  • Hearing: The baby’s hearing is developing, and they may start to respond to sounds.

The 2nd trimester of pregnancy is the perfect time to see dramatic changes in baby. If you elect to know gender, our Baby Shark Ultrasound Package would be perfect at the 14 week mark.

  • Includes 20 minute 2D ultrasound.
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  • Includes 5 black and white printed images.
  • Enjoy hearing your baby’s heartbeat.
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Emotional Changes

  • Mood Swings: Hormonal fluctuations can continue to cause emotional ups and downs.
  • Bonding: Many people report feeling a deeper sense of connection with their baby after starting to feel movements.

Health and Well-Being

  • Appetite Increase: With the waning of morning sickness, you might find yourself hungrier than before.
  • Dental Health: Pregnancy can affect your dental health, so it’s important to maintain good dental hygiene and regular checkups.
  • Exercise: Staying active is beneficial unless advised otherwise by your healthcare provider.

Appointments and Tests

  • Regular Checkups: Expect to see your healthcare provider regularly to monitor your and your baby’s health.
  • Anatomy Ultrasound: Around week 20, an ultrasound will check the baby’s development.
  • Glucose Screening: Towards the end of the second trimester, you will be tested for gestational diabetes.

The second trimester is a time of rapid growth for your baby and significant changes for you. Most women find this period of pregnancy to be enjoyable and exciting as they watch their bellies grow and start to feel their baby’s movements. Always keep in regular contact with your healthcare provider to ensure both your health and that of your baby.

You can always connect with your baby through elective ultrasound scans at Hello Baby Boutique.

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