What is important to know during the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy?

The following are some important things to know duing the second trimester of your pregnancy:

  • Morning sickness is less severe and even completely gone for many women.
  • Doctors recommend that most women only gain about one pound per week, or 25 to 35 pounds throughout their pregnancy.
  • Focus on eating healthful foods that contain the nutrients you need, especially iron, calcium, protein, and folic acid.
  • The risk for urinary tract infection (UTI) is high during the beginning of the second trimester.
  • Although you may still be at risk till around week 20, most women have a much smaller chance of having a miscarriage once they begin the second trimester.
  • You'll begin to feel your baby moving around, which is known as "quickening."
  • Week 20 marks the halfway point of your pregnancy, so you may start to think about what's going to happen as you get closer to your due date.
  • You may also experience swelling in your legs and ankles because of poor circulation.
  • Risk factors associated include edema, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and pre-term labor.

Talk to your doctor if you have questions.

Dr. Deborah Raines, MSN
Nursing Specialist

At 25 weeks the fetus looks like a tiny baby. All the organ systems are formed but are not ready to function outside the body. The pregnant woman needs to be educated about the signs of preterm labor and well as to become aware of fetal activity patterns. It is also a time to consider enrolling in childbirth classes and to starting thinking about baby names and nursery arrangements.

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