SUMMARY of TRIMESTER #2



Your baby

You are an amazing powerhouse, taking care of all the baby’s necessities, allowing it to concentrate all its energy into growing and developing rapidly. Many organs will finish forming during this trimester, though not all will be able to function completely just as yet. The development and function of organs and systems during this trimester rely on a healthy supply of oxygen, minerals and vitamins that support cell growth, structure and function. Your baby’s inner ear bones are now in place allowing them to hear you and surrounding sounds. Connections from their brain to their muscles are forming meaning they will start to move around, leading up to their first kick! Permanent tooth buds have formed behind the milk teeth and calcium has started depositing in their bones. It is also this trimester where the sex of the baby can be found out.

Your body

Breathe a sigh of relief; making it through the first trimester is one of the hardest for your baby. The second trimester is said to be the easiest of the three as many of the symptoms will disappear and you’ll feel more like yourself again. However, in some cases, symptoms will persist and you may experience some new ones like constipation, skin breakouts, food cravings and forgetfulness. These problems are treatable, but compared to the first three months, it will be a nice change. Worried about excessively eating? There is no need to double your intake of food; the key is to eat healthier by consuming more nutrient-rich foods (vegetables and fruit). For most women, it is recommended that they gain 10-12 kg during pregnancy although this is dependent on your pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI). You can continue exercising provided they are low-impacting activities like brisk walking and swimming. To your partner’s delight, your breasts will continue to get fuller and your sex drive will be in full gear. Fear not, sex will not harm your unborn child unless your doctor has advised you otherwise. If you are concerned about stretch marks, rub a cocoa butter or vitamin E cream over your buttocks, belly and thigh area.

Your life

Breathe a sigh of relief; making it through the first trimester is one of the hardest for your baby. The second trimester is said to be the easiest of the three as many of the symptoms will disappear and you’ll feel more like yourself again. However, in some cases, symptoms will persist and you may experience some new ones like constipation, skin breakouts, food cravings and forgetfulness. These problems are treatable, but compared to the first three months, it will be a nice change. Worried about excessively eating? There is no need to double your intake of food; the key is to eat healthier by consuming more nutrient-rich foods (vegetables and fruit). For most women, it is recommended that they gain 10-12 kg during pregnancy although this is dependent on your pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI). You can continue exercising provided they are low-impacting activities like brisk walking and swimming. To your partner’s delight, your breasts will continue to get fuller and your sex drive will be in full gear. Fear not, sex will not harm your unborn child unless your doctor has advised you otherwise. If you are concerned about stretch marks, rub a cocoa butter or vitamin E cream over your buttocks, belly and thigh area.

Your tests

After months of anticipation, you can finally find out your baby’s gender at your next ultrasound during which your baby’s movements and heartbeat will also be assessed. During this trimester, your healthcare professional may test you for gestational diabetes, a form of high blood glucose levels during pregnancy that usually subside after birth. It will involve drinking a sweet drink and then having your blood sugar levels measured. The risk of developing gestational diabetes can be reduced by having a balanced diet and exercising regularly.

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