The Second Trimester

Most mothers would agree that the second trimester is the most enjoyable of the three. You can expect the morning sickness and fatigue that plagued you during the first trimester to fade. You can also have your doctor perform an ultrasound (between weeks 18-22) to learn about the sex of your fetus. At this stage, your fetus is growing rapidly; and here are some changes you may experience:

Sensitive gums

More blood is directed to your gums because of hormonal changes, causing them to be swollen and bleed more easily. Use a softer toothbrush and floss gently to reduce bleeding.

Bigger breasts

Although the feeling of tenderness in your breasts may be wearing off, they are still growing in preparation to feed your fetus. Wear bigger bras to ease the discomfort.

Stuffy nose

Hormones may cause the mucus membranes in your nose to enlarge, leading to stuffy nose, more frequent nosebleeds or snoring in the night. Clear a nose block with saline drops.

Backache

As your fetus continues to grow, the extra weight puts pressure on your back. Ease the pressure with a good sitting posture and avoid heavy lifting.

Hair growth

You may experience a sudden boost in hair growth in the places you didn’t expect. Shave or tweeze to get rid of unwanted hair on your face, arms or back. If you intend to go for other hair removal procedures, please check with your doctor to ensure it is fetus-safe.

Hemorrhoids

The increased pressure from the growing uterus may cause the veins around the anus to be swollen. Ease the discomfort by sitting in a warm tub or ask your doctor for a prescription of hemorrhoid ointment.

Headache

Many women experience headaches during pregnancy. Make sure you are getting sufficient sleep and practice deep breathing exercises to relax. You should avoid taking aspirin and ibuprofen during pregnancy, so check with your doctor if the pain gets unbearable.

Glowing skin

Some women appear to be glowing because the pregnancy hormones make their skin flushed. In fact, your skin may be more sensitive to the sun during this period so make sure you apply a good sunblock when you are outdoors.

Get a week-by-week account of the changes you can expect with our pregnancy calendar.

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