The Second Trimester – Otherwise Known as the ‘Honeymoon’ Phase of Pregnancy
Second Trimester Fun
When you first tell people that you are pregnant they will tell you exactly what to expect from your first trimester, morning sickness, nausea, extreme fatigue, acne, and every other awful thing that you would never want to hear about. The people who don’t tell you what to expect from the first trimester will surely tell you all about the third trimester, the back aches, the swollen feet, that world ending pain that is labor and delivery. So pleasant, right? Ok, maybe not. What they won’t likely tell you about is the “honeymoon phase” of pregnancy, the second trimester.
Your second trimester is often talked about as being the easiest, best part of pregnancy. In this trimester your morning sickness will very likely fade or disappear completely, which in itself would make this trimester the best. You should be, hopefully, feeling very good through the next 15 or so weeks. Here are a few things that you might not have thought about that will happen during your second trimester:
A Real Baby Belly
Instead of looking like you ate a bit too much at dinner, or like you could use a little bit of time in the gym you will finally start looking like a pregnant woman! People won’t have to question if you are pregnant or not in a couple of weeks, they will know for sure as your belly starts to get rounder and rounder.
Clear skin again!
If you have been breaking out thanks to your little bundle, this is the time when your skin will probably start to clear up and you will begin to feel beautiful again. If all goes well, your skin will be back to normal in no time and it will be a great relief.
A boy or a girl?
I know you are counting down the days, but very soon now you will know if you should paint your nursery pink or blue! Sometime between about 16 and 22 weeks your doctor will likely schedule you for an ultrasound at which time they will be able to tell you and show you the gender of your baby.
Once you find out you should get things set up! Another bonus part of the second trimester is that you will finally have energy again! Don’t put things off for too long though because when that third trimester rolls around all of that new found energy will go back into hiding and you will only want to lay down and take a nap.
Hiccups and kicks
The doctor keeps telling you that there is a baby in your belly and you have all of the signs to show that it is true, but until you feel that first kick you are always wondering how things are going in there, soon you will be able to tell that things are just fine. At first it will feel like someone rubbing your belly a bit from the inside, or like a small goldfish swimming around, or like gas honestly but no matter what those first little flutters feel like you will be so happy to feel them. After you realize what it is, you will feel it all the time and it will get stronger and stronger showing you that your baby is getting bigger and bigger.
A fun part of your baby being bigger is that when he/she gets the hiccups (which often happens in utero) and you can feel little bump after little bump inside of you! This is the best time to see your baby move from the outside and also a great time for your partner or friends to feel the baby “moving” since it is very consistent until they are cured, which can take several minutes.
All-in-all the second trimester is a time of feeling more like yourself and loving every new thing that is happening inside and outside of your body to help bring your baby into this world. Spend your time preparing for the baby and making sure that you use this little burst of energy wisely. Spend time quietly enjoying those first baby kicks and your growing belly, the second trimester is great for this!