Congratulations! You made it through the first trimester of pregnancy. As your bump continues to grow, you should expect a few changes during the 2nd trimester. On this page, we share a wealth of informational and fun articles with expectant moms. Follow us as we guide you through the beautiful journey!
The 2nd trimester at a glance
The second trimester of pregnancy spans from week 13 through week 27 of pregnancy. Some folks call this the “honeymoon period”, and with good reasons. Generally speaking, morning sickness would have subsided by now. Your emotions should also be balanced out, and your sex drive should be back where it ought to be. It’s also a special time since you might start feeling baby’s movements from early on in the 2nd trimester.
During the second trimester, you will feel and look more pregnant. You might also have regained some of the energy you seriously lacked during the 1st trimester. These will be some of the best days of pregnancy. Your bump isn’t massive, yet, and you’ll get to enjoy sitting, walking, and lying down whenever you want. Enjoy it while it lasts, because the third trimester can be pretty uncomfortable at times.
Choices you’ll have to make during the 2nd trimester
During the second trimester of pregnancy, your doctor will offer you some blood tests. You’ll also have your second ultrasound done at 20 weeks. This indicates baby’s growth rate and whether or not there are any reasons to be concerned.
While you won’t be forced to do these health tests and screens, it’s always safer o get them done and rule out any problems early on.
During the second trimester of pregnancy, you’ll also have to start thinking about where and how you would like your baby’s birth to happen. You really have a lot of options here. From home births to hospital births, and everything in-between.
Another exciting milestone that occurs in the second trimester of pregnancy is the gender reveal of your baby. 4D scans can pick this up from as early as 14 weeks, but regular ultrasounds only tell gender from around 20 weeks into pregnancy.
How to learn more about the 2nd trimester of pregnancy
You could go around scanning the web for every article out there, but here at Kiddles, we have a pretty comprehensive variety of reads for expectant moms. Feel free to check out these related articles whenever you have some spare time:
- What your options are for giving birth
- Pregnancy health screens and tests you need to know about
- Five things to know about the second trimester
- Public versus private hospital births