After passing the first-trimester of pregnancy you have finally survived the most difficult period of pregnancy with possibly morning sickness, mood swings and many other symptoms. As you reach second trimester, let’s have a look at 10 things about this trimester of your pregnancy!
- Increased Energy Levels
You will have an increase in energy levels in second trimester, probably due to exerting less energy in building of the placenta. This allows many mothers-to-be to plan for nursery, baby items shopping, and short holidays!
- Food Cravings
You might end up indulging yourself in your favorite unhealthy food. Try searching for better alternatives to avoid increased weight gain during pregnancy and to continue to eat healthily.
- Congestion and Flu
During pregnancy, there is increased blood flow leading to swelled-up sinuses which leads to night time snoring and sometimes nose bleed. Avoid taking antihistamines and decongestants as this is normal during pregnancy. When in doubt, it’s always better to consult your OBGYN doctor for advice.
- Increased Indigestion and Heartburn
With the increased growth of uterus and upsurge of the pregnancy hormones, you’ll experience slowing down of the digestive system leading to indigestion. Eat small and frequent meals to avoid heartburn.
You experience forgetfulness during pregnancy due to the increased levels of progesterone and estrogen. Your brain also adapts to having new priorities! Try performing light exercises, meditation or yoga in order to keep your mind relaxed and focused.
- Skin Glow
With the second trimester in full swing, you’ll experience a perfect glow on your skin due to the increased levels of pregnancy hormones.
- Varicose Veins
Due to the pregnancy hormones, you’ll experience pooling of the blood within the genital area and legs that results in the formation of varicose veins. Avoid standing for too long in order to avoid the formation of varicose veins. Wear compression stockings which will result in increased blood flow.
- Baby Bump
With the second trimester of pregnancy, voila now you can’t hide your secret of pregnancy as the baby bump becomes completely visible. You’ll experience round ligament pain due to the increased size of the uterus. Due to the increased size of the baby bump, the mom-to-be might also suffer from constipation. Take some time to dress up with body-fitting yet comfortable clothes to flaunt your baby bump!
- Movements of the Baby
During the initial weeks of the second trimester, you might feel like gas bubbles within your belly but soon you’ll start noticing the baby movements at the end of the second trimester.
- Alterations in Sex Drive
With the onset of the second trimester, most women usually experience increased libido. There may be some women who might however experience a decrease in their sex drive.