What to Expect During Your Second Trimester

Last month we took a look at what to expect during your first trimester. Continuing on with that, we thought we would go over what to expect during your second trimester as well as what benchmarkers and appointments you should be planning for or looking into.

Your second trimester takes place at 3-6 months of pregnancy (or 12-27 weeks). At this point, you’ll be having appointments once a month or every four weeks. During these appointments, you’ll likely go over checking the baby’s heartbeat, measuring uterine growth, checking blood pressure and urine, tracking weight gain, discussing umbilical cord blood banking options, and doing Nuchal translucency screening at 12-14 weeks. At 18-20 weeks, you can also have a level II ultrasound with a sonographer. In addition to all of those things, we’ll be happy to discuss any other questions or concerns you might have.

Some physical changes that you will likely experience at this stage include:

  • Backache
  • Usually a decrease in nausea and vomiting
  • Weight gain
  • Varicose veins
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Vaginal mucous-like discharge
  • Begin to feel fetal movement (17-22 weeks)

While the above physical changes are common and not cause for concern, also be aware o these problems to report:

  • Bleeding
  • Watery discharge
  • Menstrual-like cramps
  • A backache that comes and goes with or without cramping
  • If you aren’t feeling the baby move after 23 weeks
  • Any accidents or falls
  • Fever or other illnesses

At around 20-34 weeks, it’s a good idea to start looking into classes. Some of the classes we recommend are childbirth classes, breastfeeding classes, daddy boot camp, and infant CPR. Though not required, it’s always better to be prepared and arm yourself with knowledge and experience. At this stage, you’ll also want to pre-register for delivery at the hospital, choose your pediatrician, and request a tour of the hospital if you’re interested.

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing yet we know it can be stressful as well. We’re here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you’re pregnant or are in need of other gynecological services, give our office a call today at 602-494-5050 to make an appointment.

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