Pregnancy – second trimester pregnancy

Probably, to most women, second trimester pregnancy is the one in which they will feel better. From the fourth month of pregnancy morning nauseas disappear so this trimester allows mothers to prepare for changes and get all ready for the new arrival.

In this trimester you will learn the sex of your baby. In addition, in this trimester your little one will begin to move, so this trimester is the most exciting of pregnancy.

From the 20th week of gestation the fetus has the ability to perceive sounds and it seems that it begins to distinguish mother’s voice.

Baby’s growth during first trimester pregnancy

HairWeek 16
Week 22
First tiny hairs starts to sprout
Eyelashes and eyebrows appears
SkinWeek 16
Week 19

Skin is covered in lanugo to keep him warm
Skin is covered in vernix caseosa to shield from
acidic amniotic fluid
Digestive systemBaby can taste foods eaten via amniotic fluid
SensesWeek 22Baby stats to smell, hear and see. Baby’s eyes begin to open
HeartWeek 17
Week 20
Week 25
Baby’s heart is no longer beating spontaneously
Beating should be able to be hear with a stethoscope
Capillaries begin forming to carry oxygenated blood through his body
Brain Controls baby’s heartbeat and inducing kicks and blinking eyelids

Mom’s changes during second trimester pregnancy

Although you will feel better than in the first trimester there are also changes in your body that will affect you:

  • Breast enlargement:  your breast continues growing to prepare to feed your baby. You should wear a support bra to feel more comfortable.  
  • Backache: as you are wining weight back pain may appear. When pain appears try to sleep on your side with a pillow between legs, avoid carrying heavy things, wear comfortable shoes and sit up straight.
  • Weight gain: in this trimester you will start gaining weight as your appetite will increase. The usual is to gain on pound per week and a total of 14 pounds over this trimester.
  • Varicose veing: circulation increases to send extra blood to your baby, this blood excess can cause spider veins. These tiny red veins should fade once your baby is born. These veins can become varicose veins if the become swollen and blue. Although you can avoid them you can prevent if you move and don’t have sit for long periods of time.
  • There are some red flag symptoms that could mean that something is wrong with your pregnancy. If you experience one of them you should call your doctor. These symptons are: severe abdominal pain, heavy vaginal bleeding, severe dizziness, rapid or too little weight gain.

Must haves during second trimester

  • Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter & Stretch Mark Massage Lotion: penetrates as deep as the dryness and helps restore vital moisture. It is recommended for stretch marks during and after pregnancy. Clinically and dermatologically tested. Palmer’s Cooca Butter helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks with a special blend of pure Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Bio C-Elaste.
  • Maternity everyday bellagand: stretchy maternity band holds up unbuttoned or loose pants with stay-put silicone strip. Works from early pregnancy to after baby arrives
  • Nursing sleep bra for maternity/breastfeeding: easy pull-aside for breastfeeding access. Offers gentle support during pregnancy while you sleep. Great for mid-night nursing sessions and for keeping breast pads in place
  • Body pregnancy pillow: ontoured support pregnancy body pillow lets you get a good night of sleep throughout your pregnancy.
    Provides head-to-toe support for a full night’s rest or just relaxing.
    The maternity body pillow creates a comfortable position when sleeping, reading, nursing, watching TV.

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