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    7 Important Things Every Woman Must Do in the Second Trimester of her Pregnancy

    Written on 14 August 2018

    The period of weeks 13-27 of pregnancy is known as the second trimester of your pregnancy. Your baby grows faster and stronger during this phase and your baby bump becomes visible. While the first trimester proves to be very difficult for most pregnant women, it has been seen the second trimester comes as a sigh of relief. You will find yourself more settled during this period. Symptoms like nausea and fatigue become calmer, making it easy for you to enjoy the most beautiful phase of your life.

    What to expect from the second trimester of your pregnancy?

    This is the time of rapid growth for your baby inside your womb. Not only do his organs become fully developed, but he also begins to hear and swallow. You must get ready to feel those kicks inside your womb later on in this period as your baby starts to move . Apart from developing small hair, he will also settle into his sleeping and waking cycles. According to the American Pregnancy Association, by the 27th week of your pregnancy, your baby will be almost 14 inches in length and may weigh 0.907 kg or a bit more.

    You will experience the following changes during the second trimester of your pregnancy:

    • Your uterus expands rapidly
    • Your abdomen gets larger
    • You may feel dizzy or delirious because of low blood pressure
    • Your baby begins to move
    • Body aches become more regular
    • Your appetite improves
    • You feel itchy as the skin around your stomach, breast, thighs, and buttocks begin to develop stretch marks
    • You will see many changes in your skin like darkening of nipples
    • Swollen ankles and hands

    Dos and Don’ts During the Second Trimester of Your Pregnancy

    The Dos

    • Be regular with your prenatal vitamins
    • Practice mild yoga or exercise regularly
    • Make healthy eating your habit; include fruits, vegetables, protein, and fiber in your diet
    • Drink as much water as you can
    • Increase your calorie intake; it should be 300 calories more than regular
    • Take special care of your oral hygiene as dirty teeth and gums can lead to premature labor
    • Use a good anti-stretch marks cream with the goodness of natural ingredients like shea butter, kokum, coconut oil, and saffron to keep those unwanted stretch marks to the minimum.

    The Don’ts

    • Avoid strenuous exercise as it can cause an injury to your stomach
    • Stay away from alcohol, caffeine and any kind of substance abuse
    • Eating raw fish or smoked seafood can be dangerous, avoid them
    • Due to the high mercury level mackerel, shark, swordfish, or white snapper fish is fatal
    • Avoid raw sprouts and unpasteurized milk or other dairy products

    The second trimester is the easiest part of pregnancy. Enjoy it to the fullest but don’t forget to take the necessary precautions.

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