As you enter the second trimester, most new mothers will find this next phase of their pregnancy the most enjoyable. At this point, the worst of the morning sickness would be over, which is a big improvement, and youíll begin to feel yourself glow.
While this renewed sense of well being is fantastic, the second trimester is not without its difficulties but that is to be expected. By understanding what comes next, mothers can prepare better and become more comfortable.
So, hereís what to expect in the second trimester.
Your Body In The Second Trimester
- Belly & Breast: As your baby beings to develop, so do you. Your abdomen will begin to grow along with your child and your breast will become larger and swollen. This is natural and youíll need to find a supportive bra with wide straps.
- Mild Contractions: Also known as Braxton Hicks Contractions, this can happen after any sort of physical activity and will present itself as a mild tightness around your abdomen area. If these become more painful or regularly happen, please see a doctor. This may be a sign of preterm labour.
- Dizziness: You may be feeling dizziness throughout your second trimester. This is perfectly natural. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid being on your feet too long.
- Stuffiness & Nosebleeds: By now, youíre more than aware of the hormonal changes in your body. This change in your hormone levels will create more blood, causing stuffiness and nosebleeds. Saline drops can be a simple solution to relieve this. Remember to drink plenty of fluids.
- Skin: You may notice stretch marks on other parts of your body. This is natural and, unfortunately, canít be prevented. Most of these should fade over time and using moisturisers can help relieve any itchiness that may be feeling. Bio Oil is especially designed to help improve stretch marks.
- Cramps: Leg cramps are a common symptom in the second trimester. To prevent and relieve this, stretch and your calf muscles regularly, enjoy warm baths and keep active. Investing in comfortable, supportive shoes is also a good idea.
- Vaginal Discharge: You may be noticing a clear or white sticky discharge from your vagina. This is normal and can be expected during the third trimester. However, if that your vagina becomes sore or painful, please seek medical attention as this may be a symptom of a vaginal infection.
- Urinary Tract Infections: Unfortunately, these infections are quite common. If it becomes painful when you pee or you have backache, or you have contracted a fever, please seek medical attention. Left unattended, this can lead to a kidney infection.
Your Emotions in the Second Trimester
Most mothers find the second trimester significantly easier than the first. Besides the worse morning sickness being over, you will find that your pregnancy is normal and is a part of your everyday life. Whether itís your childbirth classes or joining a group, you will have a routine.
Still, you may be feeling anxious and stressed at the idea of being a mother. As you get closer to your due date and you learn more about what to expect in childbirth, this you might find yourself worrying about being a parent and raising a child.
This is natural. It is important to not keep these feelings bottled up; reach out to friends and family for support. Remember, youíre never alone.
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This article has been medically approved by Superintendent Pharmacist Shilpa Shailen Karia, MRPharmS. - GPhC Reg No: 2087328