The Second Trimester (14-26 Weeks):
The second trimester, also referred to as the “honeymoon period,” is when many of the uncomfortable symptoms of early pregnancy go away. You’re likely to have increased energy and sleep better. However, some females experience heartburn, constipation, leg cramps, or back or abdominal pain.
Although some medical professionals may perform your first ultrasound between 18 and 20 weeks, an ultrasound can already reveal the baby’s gender at just 14 weeks. An ultrasound technician measures the infant during the anatomy ultrasound.
Your baby may begin to move between 16 and 20 weeks; this is referred to as “quickening.”
You may need to adjust your daily routine as your body changes, such as getting up earlier or eating more frequently. Thankfully, the majority of these discomforts will subside as your pregnancy goes on. Additionally, some women may experience no discomfort at all. If you have previously experienced pregnancy, your experience may differ this time around. Just as each woman is different, so is each pregnancy.
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Your cervix thins and softens as your due date approaches (this is referred to as effacing). This is a typical, natural process that facilitates the opening of the vagina (the birth canal) during labor. As your due date approaches, your doctor will perform a vaginal exam to assess your progress. Get excited — the final countdown has begun!.
Some of the same discomforts you experienced in your second trimester will continue as you approach the end of your pregnancy. In addition, many women report having trouble breathing and noticing that they need to use the restroom more frequently. This is because as the baby grows, your organs are under increased pressure. Don’t worry; once you give birth, these issues will lessen, and your baby is fine.
First, Second and Third Trimester Frequently Asked Questions
The most critical period for your baby’s development is the first trimester. Although you may not yet be displaying much on the outside, your baby’s major body organs and systems are developing inside. Additionally, the fetus is most vulnerable to harm during this time from drugs, alcohol, some medications, and illnesses. That’s why it’s so crucial to make sure you’re doing everything in your power to keep your baby healthy during this crucial period.