Published Date : 1st January 2016
With the coming of your second trimester; you will be more energetic and feel like your previous self. Your morning sickness and fatigue will fade which will give you time for preparing for the baby. Most women find these three months to be the easiest and take out time for themselves.
Your back will feel itchy and sore due to the pressure put by the extra weight you gained lately. Quick habits such as sitting up straight, sleeping sideways with a pillow between the legs, using a well cushioned/supported chair would help you reduce the pain. Avoid lifting/ carrying heavy things.
With so many hormonal changes, the flow of blood to your gums increase; making it too sensitive and prone to bleeding. Almost 50% of women have testified this and advised to use a softer toothbrush or be gentle while flossing.
Your breasts will be getting bigger for feeding the baby with the tenderness almost gone. Get a bigger bra or order for a support bra for more comfort.
Congestion And Nosebleeds:
The hormonal changes will swell the mucus membrane lining the nose making you snore at night and causing you congestion. You can use saline water and other natural methods for curing this; before going for a decongestant. When bleeding, keep your head straight and put pressure on the nostril; this would help to stop the bleeding.
You will experience a thin milky white vaginal discharge (called leucorrhoea) in the initial time of the pregnancy. Call your doctor if the discharge is green, yellow, foul smelling, bloody and has a lot of clear discharge. You can also use a panty liner if it makes you more comfortable but don’t go for tampons as it can cause germs in the vagina.
You will get a break from having to go to the bathroom frequently. The reason behind this is that your uterus will rise away from the pelvic cavity. The frequency of urination will increase during the last the trimester of pregnancy.
This is one issue most women complain about during pregnancy. Some techniques such as deep breathing may help. Avoid taking aspirin and ibuprofen during the pregnancy; but you can take acetaminophen after consulting your doctor.
Spider And Varicose Veins:
Due to the extra flow of blood for the baby during the pregnancy there can be spider veins on your body. These are tiny red veins. With the baby growing in the stomach the pressure on the lower part of the body increases resulting due to lack of blood circulation causing purple or blue swollen spots. These are called varicose veins and can be countered with a frequent walk in the house or using a stool to stretch after long hours of continuous sitting. Both these veins fade after the delivery of the baby.
After the end of first trimester; you would have your appetite back; but be cautious with the amount of food you eat. The recommended amount is to eat an extra 300 to 500 calories a day and to gain about ½ to 1 pound a week in the second trimester.
Red Flag Symptoms:
• Cramping or severe abdominal pain.
• Too little weight gain (less than 10 pounds at 20 weeks into the pregnancy) or rapid weight gain (more than 6.5 pounds per month)
• Severe dizziness