Second trimester of pregnancy - what week does it start?

(January 7, 2010)

Pregnancy Trimester - Second Trimester of Pregnancy Changes
The second trimester, as it is commonly known, begins in the fourteenth week of pregnancy and lasts until week 27. This period is generally regarded as the most comfortable period for any pregnant woman.

While the first trimester is filled with pregnancy discomforts like nausea, morning sickness, and heart burn, by the time you enter the second trimester, all these discomforts slowly start fading, and you will start to feel much better than before. It is very important to stay informed about the changes that take place in each trimester so that you are well-prepared to experience each period.

The second trimester is generally regarded as the “fun period.” This is the time when you can feel your baby’s movements and also see your belly grow in size. It is also the period during which a lot of prenatal tests are done, and all your questions regarding your baby that are in your mind will be answered.

While you may notice the morning sickness and nausea fading away, there are other changes that your body will undergo during this period.  As your body grows in size in proportion to your growing baby, you may experience back pain, joint pain, and abdominal pain. Further, as your belly expands, your skin stretches too, and with it come stretch marks on your abdomen, thighs, breasts, and buttocks. As a result of the stretching of the skin, you may also feel an itch in these areas. However, if you have itching along with vomiting, loss of appetite, and fatigue, then you need to alert your doctor immediately as it can indicate a liver problem.

In the second trimester, your breasts undergo changes as well. The nipple or areola may start darkening, and your breasts may get more tender and sore as compared to the first trimester.  You may find some patches of dark skin over your cheeks, forehead, nose or upper lip. These patches match each other and are known as the mask of pregnancy.

You may also experience a slight swelling of your feet, fingers, and hands due to the water retention that happens in this period. If you notice any sudden swelling, then consult your doctor immediately as it can be a sign of preeclampsia.

Do not be surprised if you find a line of skin running from your pubic area to the belly button during this period. This is just another skin change that you undergo in the second trimester of your pregnancy.

Now that you know what the second trimester has in store for you, enjoy your pregnancy to the fullest.

Submitted by P T on January 7, 2010 at 09:30

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