Your baby will do a lot of growing and developing during your second trimester. By now, you are hopefully feeling less nauseous as your morning sickness starts to subside. Your growing abdomen will also begin to show more as your baby grows.
During your second trimester prenatal visits, your physician or midwife may check a number of things depending on your current medical condition and the health of your baby, including:
Your baby will increase its weight by seven times during the next few months. By the end of the second trimester, your baby will be about 13-16 inches long and will weigh two to three pounds. You will be able to feel your baby kick, move and turn from side to side.
The umbilical cord will thicken as it carries nourishment to your baby. It is important to remember that harmful substances can pass through the umbilical cord, so you should continue to avoid alcohol, tobacco and other known hazards. Several other major developments will take place, including:
Most women find the second trimester to be the most physically enjoyable, as many of the nagging symptoms of early pregnancy disappear and hormone levels stabilize. During the second trimester, changes to your body may include:
If you experience any symptoms that cause you concern, contact your physician immediately.
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