The second trimester pregnancy begins from weeks 13 to 28 (month 4 - month 6) of your pregnancy.
Your uterus, the muscular organ that holds the developing fetus, can expand up to 20 times its normal size during pregnancy.
Although the fetus begins to move and takes a recognizable human shape during the first trimester, it is not until the second trimester that movement of the fetus, often referred to as "quickening", can be felt.
This typically happens in the fourth month, more specifically in the 20th to 21st week, or by the 19th week if you have been pregnant before.
It is common for some women not to feel the fetus move until much later. During the second trimester, most women begin to wear maternity clothes.
You'll start feeling very excited with the experience of baby movements inside you. This movement feels like fluttering in the initial stages of the second trimester.
Although some women may not feel the movement of the fetus until their fifth month.
The fetus begins to move inside your womb by this time and can hear your voice. He grows up to 7 inches by now and weighs approximately 5 ounces.
You may now start craving for certain foods. Moreover, you may feel more hungry and that too quite often. But you must not start eating twice as much.
A little more should rather be eaten than your routine diet. The beginning of the second trimester also brings gaining a little weight as well.
These movements can be observed in an ultrasound quite clearly. It can depict the movements of your baby's hand to his mouth and the opening up of his mouth as well.
It is by this time only that your baby's sex can be clearly distinguished by a radiologist.
He now weighs around a pound and grows up to ten inches in length.
At this time, you will start feeling more energetic than ever and may even start glowing.
This would put an end to that queasy feeling of tiredness. Although a little more bloating up is natural around this time.
Constipation can also occur during this stage if you do not drink enough water.
He becomes much more active and starts rolling from one side to another. He also starts turning upside down.
He also begins sucking his thumb. His weight increases about half a pound more and he grows around two more inches in length.
Having regained your lost energy, you tend to become super-active.
This is the time to take more rest than ever before. This is also the time to develop back pain with the growing size of your baby.
The second trimester pregnancy is otherwise considered to be the best phase for pregnant women.
This makes it easier to give birth. However, it is not targeted at just your joints.
If the baby grows rapidly, this can cause pain in your pelvis that can be extremely sharp.
You can alleviate some of the pain by keeping your legs together when doing things like getting in and out of cars, and climbing in and out of bed.
You may also start to experience heartburn in the second trimester if you did not have it in the first.
This second trimester pregnancy pain is because your uterus is starting to push up on your stomach, which backs stomach acid back up your oesophagus.
Expect at least some mild heartburn at this time, and know that it could get worse. In fact, if you are having trouble with it in the middle of your pregnancy, it is only going to get worse as your baby grows.
Look for some antacid relief that is safe to take during pregnancy, and stock up.
Other less problematic pains may include muscle cramps in the lower legs, stretching ligament pain around the uterus, and even sore or red eyes if you wear contacts.
Talk to your doctor about your pains and what you can do. These things are all part of pregnancy and they do make you uncomfortable.
However, once you lay eyes on your new baby, you will feel that it was all worth it.
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