Pregnancy is a time of highs and lows, but, if you have made it to your second trimester, be happy to know that you should be feeling a lot better. The nausea and fatigue start to fade, and you might have enough energy to do the things you loved before becoming pregnant.
The 2nd trimester of pregnancy is a great time to get a few things done such as:
- Prepare your home for the baby’s arrival. Deep clean, wash baby clothes and set up the nursery.
- Finish shopping for baby needs. Include a supply of diapers and wipes, baby shampoo and body wash, baby bath, wash clothes, towels, thermometer, nail clippers, the list could go on and on. Having a baby shower makes it easier and less expensive to gather all of the baby supplies needed.
- Pack a bag for the hospital. It might seem like it is too early, but you never know when it will happen and it’s better to have peace of mind that you are prepared for anything.
As much energy as you might have, don’t overdo it. You still want to get plenty of rest and keep your stress level low. There are still going to be changes in your body during the second trimester. Here are a few of these changes to expect and second trimester symptoms.
Changes in Your Skin
That pregnancy glow is one thing you might notice about your skin. That glow is due to increased hormones that can make you feel flushed. You also might notice dark spots forming on your face. They call this the pregnancy mask. This is from a change in your melanin and can also cause a dark line down your stomach. These should fade after pregnancy. Also, your skin is more prone to sunburn, so limit your sun exposure and wear sunscreen.
You might also be seeing a few stretch marks. These can form anywhere from your breasts to your thighs, but most show up on your abdomen. There are oils and creams that can help them disappear, but just plan on having them as a new addition to your body.
Varicose veins, spider veins, and hemorrhoids can appear, and, in many cases, become painful. There are socks and compression stockings that help ease the pain and can even prevent many from forming.
Changes in Your Hair
You could be finding that your hair has become thicker and grows much faster during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy. You might also start to notice hair growing in unwanted places. This is because of an increase in hormones and should decrease after the birth of your baby. Shaving or tweezing are safe for pregnancy, but do not have laser hair removal, and waxing is not recommended either.
Changes Inside Your Body
Beginning with the second trimester pregnancy, you might feel small baby movements called quickening. This is an exciting feeling that you will welcome and cherish.
However, other bodily changes might not be as pleasant. You will be gaining weight and might experience heartburn, constipation, and increased gas. These are caused by progesterone that causes muscles to relax, such as the muscles in your digestive system. Antacids can help, as well as regular physical activity.
You might also be noticing that you tend to urinate more often. This is because your growing uterus is putting more pressure on your bladder. Unfortunately, there is not much help in this ailment other than trying to limit fluid intake at bedtime.
Aches, Pains, and Other Unusual Ailments During Second Trimester Pregnancy
Headaches, backaches, bleeding gums, breast enlargement, nasal congestion, snoring and nosebleeds are all common side effects of pregnancy. For aches, ask your doctor about using Acetophetemine, but never consider Ibuprophen or Aspirin. Take naps when possible to help with the headaches.
You can wear a bra with more support to help with the breast tenderness. Try saline drops or other natural methods to ease the congestion, snoring, and nose bleeds. If they don’t help, ask your doctor about over the counter decongestants and whether they are safe for you and your baby.
The good news is that there are some exciting things happening during the second trimester of pregnancy. Between 18-22 weeks of pregnancy, your doctor will require an ultrasound. This gives you a peak at your little one and you might get to find out if it’s a boy or a girl. If you would rather be surprised, you can tell the ultrasound technician and they will be sure to keep it a secret.
There are some things to watch out for during the second trimester pregnancy:
- Intense and painful abdominal pain. Call your doctor if you are concerned about any cramping and pain.
- Bleeding or increased discharge of the vagina. You should always go to the doctor immediately if you see any blood.
- Dizziness and feeling faint could be a sign of something serious.
- Weight gain of more than 6.5 lbs per month should be discussed with your doctor.
- Less than 10 lbs of weight gain by 20 weeks of pregnancy should also be discussed with your doctor.
Anyone who has been pregnant can tell you that the 2nd trimester is usually the most enjoyable. You are for the most part out of the morning sickness stage, and not yet too big to experience lack of sleep and other discomforts.
You can start wearing maternity clothes and show off that little baby bump and might even start to feel the miracle inside moving. You get to catch a glimpse of your little tyke at your ultrasound, and you begin to feel more like your old self.