Second Trimester: Changes To Your Body

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Your first three months are behind you and now you enter your second trimester of pregnancy. At the start of your fourth month, the fatigue and the morning sickness should be subsiding and you will start feeling more energetic. This is usually the easiest three months of your pregnancy. Now that you are feeling better, take the time to start planning for your baby’s arrival.

Body Changes During Second Trimester
During your second trimester, you will be experiencing even more body changes.

Your Back


The weight that you gained in the first trimester will start putting pressure on your back. This sometimes will make you feel sore and achy. The best thing for you at this point in your pregnancy, is to sit up straight and sit in a chair that gives you good back support.

When you go to bed – Sleep on your side and use a pillow between your legs. If you wish to pamper yourself, there are pillows available especially for pregnant women called pregnancy pillows that can be purchased, but a regular pillow will also work.

Avoid picking up or carrying heavy objects

Wear comfortable shoes with good arch support.

All these suggestions may help with the backaches, but sometimes you just have to try and see what works for you.

Nosebleeds

Having nosebleeds during this time is normal. The changing of the hormones causes the mucous membranes that line your nose to swell. This can cause snoring, a stuffy nose, and sometimes nosebleeds. Always check with your physician before taking any medications, such as decongestants. Consider using saline drops, this may be a safer way to clear this congestion while you are pregnant. Another idea that might be helpful is to use a humidifier to keep the air moist.

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Bleeding Gums
It may sound peculiar, but bleeding gums is another problem that about half of the pregnant women experience. This bleeding is caused by the hormone Bleeding Gumschanges sending an increase of blood to your gums. The gums become more sensitive and this causes them to bleed more easily.

This condition should stop after the delivery of your baby.

It is suggested if you have this problem to use a softer toothbrush and be gentle when flossing. Do not skip dental hygiene because of this bleeding though. Pregnant women with gum disease are more susceptible to premature labor and often deliver a low-birth-weight baby.

Your Breasts

The increase in the size of your breasts continues. A lot of the tenderness that was experienced during your first trimester should be stopping by now, but your breasts usually continue to grow as they are preparing themselves to feed your baby. Be sure to get a larger bra and also one that supports you well, so that you are more comfortable.

Leukorrhea (vaginal discharge)
Vaginal discharge called leukorrhea may continue. This is a thin, milky white drainage that is normal. If the discharge becomes foul smelling, bloody, green, yellow or a lot of clear discharge, call your physician.

Frequent Urination

Because your uterus rises away from the pubic cavity during the second trimester, you will probably have less problems with frequent urination. Do not get too comfortable with this though because the urge will come back during the third trimester, as your baby grows.

Pregnancy Hormones

The pregnancy hormones can also cause a growth of hair in places you don’t usually see hair. Headaches are a common complaint during pregnancy. Speak with your physician as to what is safe for you to take while pregnant and get plenty of rest. Heartburn, constipation, skin changes, varicose veins, weight gain, stretch marks, and hemorrhoids are other problems that can make for an interesting pregnancy.

First Flutters of Movement
First Flutters of MovementQuickening is the first flutters of movement that you feel in your abdomen. This is usually felt by 20 weeks. Some women do not feel quickening until they are six months pregnant, so if you aren’t feeling your baby at this time, don’t be concerned.

Braxton Hicks Contractions

Braxton Hicks contractions or as sometimes referred to as false labor, are when the uterus is starting to contract preparing itself for the job ahead. In other words your uterus is warming up for labor. These contractions are usually weak and not regular. Contact your physician if these contractions become painful or regular, it could be a sign of preterm labor.

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