Frequently Asked Questions During The Second Trimester

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The second trimester of pregnancy is from week 13 to week 27. A healthy weight gain during the second trimester is between 6.8 to 9 kg. Your uterus will grow during pregnancy, normally it will grow 500 its original size. During the second trimester, your symptoms should start to decrease. You will not feel fatigued or nauseous anymore. But each woman is different and might have a different experience. Some women might still feel nauseous during the second trimester.


When Will I Start to Show My Pregnant Belly?

During your pregnancy, your uterus will grow and multiply its size by 500! During week 12 your uterus is still below your hip. During week 20 your uterus will be level with your naval. You will only start to look pregnant after 5 months of pregnancy. But every woman is different and will have a different pregnancy experience


Why Do I Feel a Tightness Above My Groin?

This is normal, your uterus is growing and the ligaments supporting your uterus might be tighter. This will help stretch your abdominal and pelvic muscles. The main muscle involved is the psoas iliacus. You can talk to your midwife or healthcare provider (such as a specialised physiotherapist) to give you exercises to help ease the sensation. 


Can I Prevent Stretch Marks?

It is common for women to get stretch marks during the second trimester, especially around the stomach and breast area since these are the areas that will grow during the pregnancy. Unfortunately, there is not anything you can do to prevent you from getting stretch marks. But you can apply creams and oils to reduce the damage caused by stretch marks. 


What is The O’Sullivan Test?

Pregnant women are at risk of developing gestational diabetes. This condition affects 10% of women. Blood glucose levels can fluctuate during pregnancy caused of hormonal fluctuations. This is why the O’Sullivan test is important and serves as a screening test for gestational diabetes. During the test, you will consume 50g of glucose water and after one hour your healthcare provider will do a blood glucose test on you. If your blood glucose is not within the normal range, it is advisable that you do another O’Sullivan test later to use as a diagnostic test. 


When Should I Start Looking for Information About Giving Birth?

Gathering information about childbirth and birth centres will allow you to make more informed decisions regarding your birth choice. There are different birth options, and some doctors will have preferable birth options. You must get a healthcare provider that understands your needs and what you want out of your birthing experience


When Will I Start to Feel My Baby Move?

Every soon-to-be mother is excited to start feeling their baby move inside them. During most pregnancies, movements of the baby can be noticed between weeks 20-22. In subsequent pregnancies, movement can be noticed from week 17. Movements of the baby are an indication that your baby is healthy. If you do not feel your baby move for longer than normal periods, then you should schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider. 


What Concerns Should I Have During The Second Trimester?

Fainting is the biggest concern during the second trimester. Make sure that you do not push yourself too hard during this time and give your body enough rest. You will also experience swelling of your face, hands, and feet during the second trimester. 


What Are The Most Important Developments of The Baby During The Second Trimester?

 Your baby’s eye will start to move forward, and the ears will be almost located where they should be. Your baby will also start to make sucking motions with their mouth. You may not feel your baby’s movement during this time, but it can be detected during an ultrasound. 

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