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What to expect in 2nd trimester pregnancy

Your baby bump is starting to show, and so is your excitement! Keep reading for tips on second trimester symptoms, precautions, and how to enjoy this unique time of life.


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Key steps

  • Your doctor might be able to reveal the sex of your baby at this stage.

  • Your baby bump will start to show, so it’s time to tell your work, family and friends.

  • Due to all the changes in your hormones, you might experience mood swings. These changes aren’t always bad, though, and you might notice your hair becoming thicker and shinier or growing at an accelerated rate.

The second trimester of pregnancy comes with many exciting milestones. Here you’ll find a breakdown of the most common second trimester symptoms, precautions you need to take during the second trimester, and ways to enjoy and make the most of this time.

To ensure that everything is developing at a pace that’s normal for you, keep up with your pregnancy tests and regular visits to your doctor.

Second trimester pregnancy: Symptoms

Although you’ll most likely experience symptoms from earlier stages of your pregnancy, there will be lots of new ones. Amongst the most common second trimester pregnancy symptoms, is the infamous increase in libido! If you’re ever feeling overly anxious about any of these symptoms, consult a healthcare professional.  

We’ve selected some of the most commonly felt second trimester symptoms below to help you prepare:

  • Bloating

  • Constipation

  • Pain on the side of your belly as your womb expands and baby bump starts showing

  • Headaches

  • Bleeding gums and nosebleeds

  • Sore breasts

  • Feeling hot

  • Leg cramps

  • Heartburn

  • Shiny and thick hair

  • Some weight gain

  • Spots due to oilier skin and dark patches on the skin

  • Vaginal or urine infections

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2nd trimester pregnancy to-do list

By the second trimester, the chances of miscarriage have significantly reduced, which means that it’s about time to let your work, extended family, and friends know. Have a read of the following easy-to-do list for this exciting stage of life:

  • Gentle exercise in the 2nd-trimester of pregnancy is extremely important. Maintaining a regular regime of gentle exercise during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy may help increase endurance and stamina during labor.

  • Start booking prenatal classes. This is a great way to socialize with other mums-to-be whilst also getting all of the relevant information you need.

  • It’s time to start on pelvic floor exercises to strengthen the muscles in that area.

  • Start looking for baby names. By this point, your doctor might be able to reveal the sex of your baby.

  • Start to gradually baby-proof your home.

  • Begin to plan your perfect nursery.

2nd trimester pregnancy precautions

As much as this is an exciting time, you still need to protect yourself and your baby from anything that could potentially cause harm to your health and safety. Start with these second trimester pregnancy precautions and speak to your doctor for further advice:

  • Keep hydrated by drinking a healthy and balanced quantity of water.

  • Keep yourself away from bacteria and viruses.

  • Avoid travelling to countries with the Zika virus.

  • Ask someone else to clean up the cat litter tray as it may contain Toxoplasma gondii which is harmful to your unborn baby.

  • Avoid undercooked meats, cured meats, and unpasteurized cheese and milk in your diet.

  • Although exercise is allowed, don’t overdo it. Listen to your body and consult a trained professional.

  • As your skin becomes more sensitive, you may need to use kind-to-the-skin and hypoallergenic beauty products. Choose cleaning products that are gentle to your skin, such as .

  • Try incorporating a healthy and balanced dose of vitamin D and other vitamin supplements into your diet.

  • If you’re a smoker, now is the time to quit.

  • Stop drinking alcohol and try to reduce your intake of caffeine.

  • Maintain a balanced and healthy diet. You won’t need extra calories until the third trimester.

  • Keep up with your pregnancy tests and regular visits to the doctor.

Now you have the basics of your second-trimester covered, keep on reading for more information on what to expect in the third trimester including tips on how to baby proof your home.

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