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What to Expect During Your Second Trimester

If you’re beginning your second trimester, we have some good news! Many women consider this to be the most enjoyable part of the pregnancy. Typically, the morning sickness and nausea have passed, and your baby is still too small to make you uncomfortable. You may feel less tired and more ready to prepare for your baby too.   

However, there are some common symptoms you may experience during this phase of pregnancy, including:  

  • Belly growth  
  • Breast size increases 
  • Braxton Hicks contractions  
  • Stretch marks  
  • Stuffy nose  
  • Nosebleeds  
  • Sensitive gums  
  • Dizziness  
  • Leg cramps  
  • Vaginal discharge  
  • Urinary tract infections  

If any of these symptoms are causing you to worry, let your health care provider know so they can address your concerns and help you feel more at ease.  

Your baby will grow a lot during this season. Here are some of their big milestones:  

  • The sex of the baby will be detectable around 16+ weeks. 
  • The baby may start hearing sounds around 18 weeks. 
  • You will start to feel your baby’s movements around 20 weeks (which is also your halfway point). 
  • Your baby can respond to your voice and other familiar sounds around week 25. 

Prenatal appointments during your second trimester will likely include:  

  • Listening to your baby’s heartbeat 
  • Measuring your baby’s growth and movement  
  • Anatomy scan 
  • Blood tests  

If you’ve recently discovered you’re pregnant, please contact us at Prestonwood Pregnancy Center today to book your no-cost pregnancy test and ultrasound. We are here to discuss your options in a safe, confidential, and nonjudgmental environment. 

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