Second Trimester

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The Second Trimester

Weeks 14-26

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I experienced really bad morning sickness during the first trimester, will I feel tired and nauseous for the rest of the pregnancy?

You will experience nausea and fatigue mostly during the first trimester because of the initial spike of hormones. In the second trimester, your body will have adjusted to the dramatic increase of estrogen and progesterone. Most women will find relief during the second trimester. High hormone levels though can be responsible for other side effects throughout pregnancy such as constipation, runny nose or congestion.
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Expect to experience the following during the second trimester...

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1. Body aches - back, abdomen, groin or thigh pain 2. Numbness or tingling of hands 3. Darkening of the skin around your nipples 4. A dark line on the skin running from the belly button to the pubic hairline 5. Patches of darker skin usually over the cheeks , forehead, nose or upper lip. Patches often match on both sides of the face. It’s sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy” 6. Stretchmarks on your abdomen, breasts, thighs or buttocks 7. Itching on the abdomen, palms and soles of the feet *Contact your doctor if the itching is accompanied by nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice or fatigue as these can be signs of a serious liver problem 8. Swelling of ankles, fingers and face * If the swelling is extreme, you should contact your doctor as extreme swelling could be a symptom of pre-eclampsia

At the end of my second trimester, how big is my baby?

Average fetus: 35.6cm – 37.6cm/ 760g- 1kg By week 25, your baby is the size of an eggplant Around 18-25 weeks, women will feel the first movements of the baby. You may experience a slight sensation to obvious jabbing and kicking. By the end of the second trimester, you should be able to feel your baby move regularly. At this stage, your baby will have • Eyebrows • Eyelashes • Have its own unique fingerprints • Fine hair all over their body (lanugo) • White pasty substance called vernis will help • protect the baby’s skin from amniotic fluid
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