At this stage feeling of nausea, morning sickness, fatigue and anxiety begin to reduce as your body slowly learns to accept the changes. But, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind in your second semester:
- Fix doctor’s appointments at regular intervals for check-ups and keep a track of your baby’s growth.
- It is in the second trimester that you tend to gain weight. This is normal. You should be careful of not being underweight or overweight.
- You regain your energy during this phase. You are much fitter than the first trimester as you don’t feel fatigued or nauseous all the time.
- You can opt for exercises and yoga classes. Talk to your doctor whether it is safe for you to practice any physical exercise. It is a good way to control weight and stay active during this time.
- Mental wellbeing and relaxation is very important. Headaches are common during this phase, too. By now, the doctor would have told you what medicines you can consume without affecting your baby.
- You should always remember to keep yourself hydrated. It is important to drink 1.5 liters of water every day. It also helps you to avoid urinary tract infections, constipation and piles, some common ailments during pregnancy.
- Extra weight puts pressure on your back. You should sleep on your side and try to make yourself comfortable by supporting your back with pillows. Keep a pillow in between your legs to feel more comfortable.
In the second trimester, the baby also grows dramatically. Its organs, muscles and tissues start developing. By the 14th week, you can determine the gender of the baby but, be warned, in India disclosing the gender of the child before birth is illegal.
Midway through your second trimester, you will literally start feeling butterflies in your lower abdomen, because your baby will be moving and kicking. This feeling is known as quickening. If you don’t feel your baby’s movement, don’t get worried. Some women feel the baby’s movement in the third trimester. By the end of the second trimester, the baby’s respiratory and nervous systems start developing.