The days of you waking up to vomit feeling are over. As you get into your week 14, you enter the second trimester of your pregnancy. Congratulations, it is going to be the most comfortable of all the three. These 13 weeks you will have an enjoyable time. You will finally be able to eat your favorite foods (and others too without the feeling of vomit). Moreover, your baby is growing at an ever-increasing speed. By the end of these 13 weeks, the baby bump will actually look like a pregnant bump and not as you have overeaten. Are you excited to know everything about what you are going to experience? Well here is All About Second Trimester of Pregnancy – Week 14 to Week 27. We hope you enjoy to know what’s next!
All About Second Trimester of Pregnancy – Week 14 to Week 27
When does the second-trimester start and end?
The end of the 13th week marks the end of your 1st trimester. As the 14th week begins, you have entered the 2nd trimester of your pregnancy. This will last up to week 27.
Baby’s growth in the second trimester
It is time that you may experience a tiny flutter in your belly. Your little one rolls around or does flips in the amniotic sac, which you can now feel with intensity.
The baby in the 14th week learns to Suck and Swallow. It might be just sucking on its thumb in your belly.
You will experience some movements in your belly this week. However, it may take longer for you to detect the sensations of movement if it is your first pregnancy. Baby’s kicks and movements get stronger from around 19 weeks.
Your baby’s skin starts to produce a greasy substance called vernix. This covers its body and acts as a waterproof barrier protecting the skin.
By this time, your baby will have visible eyebrows. Its eyes have not open yet but they can move behind the eyelids.
You might experience your baby’s movements according to the vibrations you produce and receive. This is because by this time your baby is able to listen.
This marks the end of your third trimester. This week, your baby learns how to smile. It typically occurs when your baby is asleep. This is often during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep.
Second Trimester Symptoms
We won’t say all your pregnancy symptoms of the 1st trimester are gone. They may continue to be there with some new ones
You might experience
- Snoring- congestion in your body’s mucous membranes may block your nose and you might experiment snoring even if you have never done that before.
- Swelling of the ankles and feet- this starts by week 22 of pregnancy or sometimes earlier and lasts until delivery. You must keep active (unless the doctor told you to have complete bed rest) most of the time. Involve in bodyweight exercise or pregnancy you for better effects.
- Sensitive gums and bleeding- the second trimester brings in your dental issues with you. Have your dentist look at your gums if they appear too red and feel sore or painful.
- Cramps- you may start to experiment with cramps in your legs. These will last up to the delivery. However, lack of calcium and magnesium may have induced it so keep your vitamins and mineral levels up.
How should I sit during pregnancy?
Maintaining posture is important as your belly grows. This will help you with your back pain as well. If you are sitting for a short while, there is no problem the way you sit. However, if you are going to be sitting for a longer period, make sure that your back is well supported.
How should a pregnant woman lie down?
With the baby growing inside you each day, you find it difficult to lay down and rest. Lying face down can be uncomfortable. Sleeping on your back puts the baby’s weight on your back muscles and spine. This is also dangerous for the baby. Try to sleep on your sides. Use pregnancy pillows for better sleep.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider. Make it for your mid-pregnancy check-up and ultrasound scan. You can ask about any diagnostic testing such as amniocentesis.
- It is time that you discuss your birth preferences with your healthcare provider.
- Get your glucose screening because about one in 10 pregnant women is diagnosed with gestational diabetes. If your test result comes back positive for extra glucose, it does not always mean you have gestational diabetes. If you do, your doctor will probably refer you to a nutritionist. They will then create a meal plan for you, and you will have to keep track of your blood sugar levels regularly.
- Get immunized for cold and flu. If you are pregnant in cold and flu season, make sure to get the flu shot. It is important to get the Tdap vaccine in the third trimester. This will protect the baby against whooping cough when he is born.
Working Out During Pregnancy
Your body needs movement. You must work out in your pregnancy (avoid if the doctor has advised you otherwise). Working out keeps your muscles relaxed. You must try out kegel exercise. Avoid weight lifting exercises and jumping exercises. This will help you have fewer complications during pregnancy because working our release endorphins. Endorphins are the “make me feel happy” hormone. This you will experience less pain and stress in your body.
This was All About Second Trimester of Pregnancy – Week 14 to Week 27. We hope you are excited to now go through this phase. With hormonal levels increase in your body, you will feel better and energetic than before. Remember to eat healthy and clean. Have a diet considering that you will be providing not for yourself but for the baby as well. moreover, enjoy this feeling as you are just one more trimester away from holding your little munchkin in your arms.