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What will I look like during the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy?

Dr. Deborah Raines, MSN
Nursing Specialist

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.

 

At 25 weeks the physical signs of pregnancy are clearly visible. The woman may experience a change in gait as the pelvic joints begin to relax to accommodate the growing fetus and to prepare for the birth. The hormones of pregnancy decrease the normal cycle of daily hair loss resulting in a full and thick head of hair. However once the pregnancy related hormones are gone so is the fullness of the hair. The increased blood volume of pregnancy may result in tingling of the hands, swelling of the feet and varicose veins as well as snoring.

During the 2nd trimester, your uterus has outgrown your pelvis and is starting to grow up into your abdomen. In addition to your growing uterus, you're probably gaining a little bit of weight, mostly in your waist, hips, and breasts. This means that many women are wearing maternity clothes at this point, and people may begin to notice slight changes in their appearance. You may also be more sensitive to your posture because of back pain. Both back pain and clumsier movements usually result because of the excess weight you are carrying around. Your legs and ankles may begin to swell because of edema.

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