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Congratulations, you made it to your second trimester! Good news — You should be feeling better soon! The second trimester has a reputation for being the easiest and most comfortable trimester; some even consider it “the honeymoon period.”
Your belly continues to grow, though you may still be too small for maternity clothes. Small bumps may become visible on your breasts. While these small bumps were always around, they become much more noticeable during pregnancy. They are actually an oil-producing gland, called Montgomery tubercles, which help your body to prepare for nursing.
Do you have pain along your abdomen? Your expanding uterus can cause some discomfort, or mild cramping. This is known as round ligament pain, and it may feel like a short or brief stabbing pain along the side of your abdomen. Round ligament pain usually occurs when you shift positions quickly, and usually subsides within a few minutes. Think of it as your body's way of reminding you to slow down! If you experience any pain that is concerning you, or if this pain is accompanied by other symptoms, like bleeding, omitting, or cramping, contact your physician immediately.