What to Expect During Your Second Trimester

During your second trimester is when your body will start to go through a variety of physical changes.

What to Expect During Your Second Trimester

The second trimester includes the fourth, fifth, and sixth month of your pregnancy. In this second trimester, you will experience a significant amount of physical changes in your body.Once a month visits to your doctor or health care provider

During these monthly visits, talk to your doctor about any concerns or symptoms you have had,or that you are wondering about. Even if you may think they are insignificant, your doctor will want to know. To your doctor, there is no such thing as a silly question.

Your doctor will be measure the size of your abdomen by measuring from the top of your uterus to your pubic bone in centimeters. The number of centimeters will usually equal the number of weeks into your pregnancy your are.

The baby's heartbeat is also listened to by a device called a Doppler.

Your baby will start kicking or moving about at about 20 weeks, so it is good to tell your doctor when you do notice any movement.

Your urine will still be tested for levels of sugar and protein. You will also be checked for signs of gestational diabetes, which is a form of diabetes that is temporary and can occur during pregnancy.

Pelvic exams are generally not required in the second trimester, unless there is a concern from your doctor or health care provider.

Other tests that may be offered

In your second trimester is when you may be offered a few optional tests:

Some physical changes to your body during your second trimester

During your second trimester, you will experience an increase in uncomfortable situations, and that is why you need to have a basic understanding of what is normal and what is not. Also remember, your health care provider is there for both you and your baby.

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