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What are some problems that occur during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy?

Dr. Deborah Raines, MSN
Nursing Specialist

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.

While the risks for miscarriage or pre-term labor always remain, you should find your 2nd trimester more comfortable than your first. However, there are some discomforts that may arise. most of your problems will be different from the first trimester. You probably aren't feeling nauseous or vomiting anymore, but you may be experiencing constipation and hemorrhoids. You may also experience minor symptoms like leg cramps, Braxton Hicks contractions, swelling, or back pain. Also, during this time you should watch out for certain risk factors and complications like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, anemia, and pre-term labor.

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