How will I feel during the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

At 16 weeks many women are excited and enjoying their pregnancy. The morning sickness and mood swings of the first trimester are just a memory. The uterus is continuing to grow and weighs approximately 8.5 ounces. The placenta is also growing, and an increased amount of amniotic fluid is being produced to help protect the baby. A baby bump is evident and the anticipation of feeling the baby move is just around the corner.

Twenty weeks is the mid-point of the pregnancy. The uterus is growing into the abdomen, the fetus is active and the woman can feel the fetal movement. The growing fetus also brings some discomforts. Some women experience indigestion and heartburn as the enlarged uterus puts pressure of the digestive system. There also may be leg cramps or swelling of the lower legs or feet, especially after standing for prolonged periods of time. Many women find that these discomforts are worse at night making it difficult to find a comfortable position for sleep.

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

During the 2nd trimester, you will almost certainly feel better than the 1st trimester because the morning sickness is gone and you will have more energy. Take advantage of this time and begin preparing for the arrival of your child! Leading up to the birth, you will begin to experience worse symptoms so be sure to do all you can while you feel well.

You may notice that your breasts are more sensitive and growing larger with the rest of your body. You may also experience trouble sleeping because of discomfort. Some complications that can occur at this time are dizziness, Braxton-Hicks contractions, leg cramps, heartburn, and nasal congestion.

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