Pregnancy usually lasts 40 weeks, counting from the first day of your last period and is grouped into three trimesters. Here are the top 6 things that you need to look out for during the second trimester of pregnancy.
1. Your symptoms
Symptoms such as nausea and fatigue will subside for many women. You will notice bigger changes such as an expanding abdomen and you will be able to feel your baby move by the end of this trimester.
Here’s a run down of 12 common pregnancy body changes that you can expect: 12 pregnancy body changes
2. Weight gain
You can expect to gain about 1lb a week during your second trimester. You will most likely start showing during this time, if you haven’t already.
You need to keep in mind that it is perfectly normal to gain a little bit of weight during this time, but what’s the right amount? We take a look at what the experts recommend for weight gain during pregnancy: Weight gain during pregnancy.
If you are very overweight and pregnant you may feel bombarded with information on the risks this may pose during and after pregnancy. Most women who are overweight do have healthy pregnancies. However, being overweight does increase the risk of complications for both you and your baby. Find out more about being overweight and pregnant.
Many women already deal with issues concerning their body image, however pregnancy is a time when body image concerns are more prevalent. Consultant dietitian Sarah Keogh says that for those struggling with an eating disorder, the nine months of pregnancy can cause disorders to become more serious. Find out how an eating disorder can affect your chances of conceiving and your pregnancy in Pregnancy and eating disorders.
3. Your breast size
Your breasts will continue to grow in size. For many women, one of the first noticeable signs of pregnancy is when they outgrow their regular fashion bras. The time scale of this process varies from woman to woman. Breast changes can occur within the first eight to 10 weeks of pregnancy, while for some women it may occur later. A switch to a maternity bra can be a welcome change when a woman’s breasts become fuller and more sensitive.
If you’re looking to buy a maternity bra, follow our tips on Buying a maternity bra.
4. Low blood pressure
Your blood vessels dilate in response to pregnancy hormones. Until your blood volume expands to fill them, your blood pressure will drop and you might experience occasional dizziness. If you’re suffering from dizzy spells, drink plenty of fluids and rise slowly after lying or sitting down. When you feel dizzy, lie on your left side to restore blood pressure.
Dizziness is only one of the pregnancy symptoms we have to deal with. From headaches to abdominal pain we go through some common but worrying pregnancy symptoms. Here’s our guide to the worrying symptoms of pregnancy to look out for.
5. Pregnancy diet
Continue to eat healthily to ensure that you and your baby are getting all the correct nutrients and get as much rest as possible. Our consultant dietitian provides easy tips to help you through your pregnancy with Maximum nutrition in pregnancy.
Keeping physically fit will help to keep you toned and energised throughout your pregnancy. Do some regular but gentle exercise, following our guide on Keeping fit through pregnancy.
6. Second trimester scan
You may be given a second trimester scan (anomaly scan) at around the 18 – 22 week stage, which examines your baby’s organs, takes measurements of limb lengths, and stomach and head circumference. You will most likely continue to have appointments scheduled for once a month during your second trimester.
If you want to learn a little more about anomaly or other scans, read our article about Pre-natal scans.
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