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What to expect in the second trimester of pregnancy

The second trimester of pregnancy comes with many exciting milestones. Keep reading and find out everything you need to know about this phase!


By Cleanipedia Team

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Key steps:

  • Lots of different physical symptoms come with the second trimester as well as a growing bump – talk to your doctor about what to expect
  • Keep yourself and your baby healthy with a balanced, nutritious diet and a gentle exercise plan
  • Start preparing to welcome your little one into the world!

The second trimester of pregnancy is when things really start to get going. Your baby is well and truly on its way! It’s a wonderful time when you can begin to get really excited about your little one’s arrival and everything starts to feel that bit more real. To help you prepare, we’ve put together some details of what to expect in the second trimester and the many fun things you can do. Enjoy!

It is very common for mums-to-be to suffer from sensitive skin, or even acne due to hormones, during this stage of the pregnancy. Washing your clothes with kind-to-skin laundry products, such as Persil Non-Bio or Comfort Pure, can help ease these reactions.

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When does the second trimester start?

The second trimester begins in week 13. How many weeks is the second trimester? This stage continues for 14 weeks, up to week 27.

Second trimester symptoms

In terms of weight gain, the second trimester is when you begin to see a more notable difference. You’ll develop a more pronounced bump and may begin to put on a little weight elsewhere around your body – this is perfectly normal and healthy.

You may also experience second trimester sickness, leg cramps, body aches and heartburn during this time.

Looking after you and your baby in the second trimester

Learning how to sleep when pregnant in the second trimester can help alleviate some of those less-than-lovely symptoms and keep your baby safe. Sleeping on your left side with your hips and knees bent is the best position for you to be in. Avoid sleeping on your back and definitely don’t sleep on your front once your bump starts to grow!

You can also perform second trimester exercises and keep up a regular fitness routine to keep your body healthy and happy during pregnancy. Make sure you put together a safe workout plan and don’t over-do it.

What to eat during the second trimester of pregnancy relates to the vitamins you need. Having regular tests to ensure you’re not lacking in anything is the best way to stay on top of your diet. If you are lacking, for example, iron or calcium, you can eat more foods rich in these substances to make up for it, such as spinach or milk.

Fun things to do in second trimester

 For some people, perhaps the most fun part of the second trimester is finding out the sex of your baby at your scan! You can then start to plan for the arrival of your little girl or boy, looking at baby names and buying them new clothes and toys.

You can also start to prepare their nursery and buy all those exciting little things you need, such as a Moses basket and blankets! You might also want to start thinking about ways to baby-proof your home.

A lot of people put together a baby registry as well, to help friends and family buy presents that will be both thoughtful and helpful. If you’re struggling for ideas, think of practical items such as detergents and fabric conditioners to gently clean your baby’s clothes (Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure are great choices designed with sensitive skin in mind!).

Most importantly, the second trimester is a time to enjoy the many wonders of pregnancy. Embrace the changes that are happening to your body and remember to appreciate every moment! Soon, it’ll be time to start thinking about your third trimester.

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