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What prenatal care do I need in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Welcome to the second trimester. If you are considering prenatal testing, such as an amniocentesis, this is decision time. As the fetus grows, the expanding uterus displaces other abdominal organs, such as the stomach and may lead to discomforts such as heartburn, indigestion, and flatulence. The growing pregnancy also means it is time to go shopping for maternity clothes to showoff your new body.

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Prenatal care should focus on eating well, getting enough exercise, taking prenatal vitamins, and avoiding harmful substances like alcohol and drugs. Make sure you're getting enough iron, calcium, and protein through the foods you eat, even if you're taking a vitamin supplement. Additionally, during this time, you are at risk for increasing your blood pressure through unneeded stress. This stress can lead to a dangerous form of high blood pressure called preeclampsia. So the best prenatal care is to take it easy - eat and sleep well!

Paula Greer
Midwifery Nursing Specialist

At week 23 your provider will start asking you if you are having any cramping that might be signs of preterm labor. They will ask you if the baby is moving daily. At all of your visits they will ask for a urine sample so they can check for signs of infection or protein. Your blood pressure will be checked at every visit. You will be weighed at every visit and they will look at your weight gain or loss and discuss how you are doing. They will measure your belly to check the growth of the baby and answer any questions that you might have. Every visit is a time to share your concerns with your midwife or doctor and have all your questions answered.

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