Welcome to part two of my pregnancy journal. I would be looking back at my second trimester in this post. Now that my son is turning a year old in a few days, writing these posts make me feel so nostalgic. Babies grow up in a blink of an eye. Let’s read more about my second trimester.
This trimester starts from 13 weeks into pregnancy and goes on till 27 weeks. People call the second trimester as the honeymoon period, because the not so good symptoms( nausea and morning sickness) of first trimester ease off. The major highlight of my second trimester was the 4D ultrasound which gave me a lot of strength during the difficult times. My second trimester was tougher than first because of a few unexpected hiccups. Here are the major highlights.
- Baby’s movements – All the first time moms wait for this moment. And I was very excited too. I can’t count the number of times I googled to check when the baby starts kicking and what do baby’s kicks feel like. I asked all my mommy friends too but there wasn’t a certain answer to this. Then one fine Sunday while I was praying, I left a little tickle close to my navel and I jumped with excitement. Too bad that my husband could not feel anything at that moment because the kick was too mild.
- 4D ultrasound – This was an experience of a lifetime. I would suggest all moms to get this one done. This ultrasound is called the anomaly scan. This scan is done between 18 to 20 weeks of pregnancy and the main purpose of the scan is to check baby’s development. The measurement of baby’s organs are taken and abnormalities are pointed out. Many facial features would have developed by the time this scan is done, so one can see the baby’s face too.
- Glucose Screening Test – This test is carried out between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy to check gestational diabetes. If you test positive for GST, you need to take another test called GTT (Glucose Tolerance Test). The blunder that happened in my case was, my doctor did not recommend GTT and scared me that I have GST. I used to check my sugar levels while fasting and after all my meals. So I basically pricked myself four times a day. My sugar levels were always controlled though. If you have tested positive for GST, go for GTT soon. In case GTT is positive, please follow all the precautions mentioned by your doctor and do not take this lightly.
Tips for Second Trimester
- Start sleeping on your side – Sleeping on your back hinders safe & ample supply of blood to the placenta. Side sleeping is recommended especially on the left side.
- Learn about kick counts – Now is the time you need to know about baby movements and what is normal and what isn’t. Many applications have a feature called the kick counter. Use it effectively.
- Take a child birth class – It would provide a lot of information about delivery. Also, if you are alone with your husband, it will be a good option to join a class together. Learn breathing and the relaxation techniques required during labour.
- Stay active – Walk as much as you can. It helps is good blood circulation. Try pre-natal yoga if possible. Take permission from your doctor before starting any exercise.
- Stay hydrated – It is essential throughout the pregnancy.
- Go for a baby moon – This is the best time to go for a vacation with your spouse. Spend some quality time together.
- Don’t skip your pre-natal vitamins – Have a healthy diet and do not skip your daily supplements.
- Keep your body moisturised – Use a good moisturiser for your body, especially the belly, because this is the time the skin starts stretching and stretch marks starts appearing.
- Pamper yourself – Go for a spa or a full body massage.