Everything you can expect to experience during the second trimester of your pregnancy. Plus, how your baby's development is coming along.
So you're coming to the end of your first trimester and the fact that a baby is on the way has very much taken hold. You have probably been incredibly tired and might have even been sick a fair bit as well. Chances are things will start to improve for you as you venture into your second trimester, but there are no guarantees as baby points out.
First up, the development of your baby. Your little one will do a lot of growing during this second set of three months. Surprisingly, it will also have begun to develop its hair and nails. Its senses will also start to take form. The ears will move into the correct position so that he or she will be able to hear, and by 22 weeks they will be able to see and smell too. Your baby will even be able to taste the food you eat via the amniotic fluid.
So what about you? As we mentioned, for many moms-to-be, the second trimester is much more enjoyable than the first. However, it is during this time that you will likely notice your body really starting to change. Your breasts will grow and your bump could well start to show. The skin on your tummy will probably become dry and itchy as it stretches too.
There are also a fair few not-so-fun symptoms to be on the lookout for. Bleeding gums, UTIs, leg cramping, and dizziness could all take hold during this period. You might also feel yourself becoming more clumsy as the baby grows and you get bigger. Sounds bad, but whenever you accidentally knock something over you can blame it on being pregnant.
We did originally say that things should improve as you move from the first to the second trimester, and it probably doesn't sound that way from the above. Here's the silver lining, though. That famous pregnancy glow everyone talks about? This is when it should kick in. You might well notice your skin looking and feeling healthier as well as your hair getting thicker. That makes it all worth it, right?