This period of your pregnancy, with most of your nausea and discomfort behind you, is mostly about planning for the future. Contemplating all the ways in which your life is going to change, along with a whole lot of waiting and wondering is what the second trimester is all about. But remember to enjoy this piece and quiet, because it’s all going to change very soon!
What’s happening with you
Just because you feel more energized than ever before, doesn’t mean that you can stay up and party all night. Sleep is the one thing that you cannot compromise on, so make sure that you still get a good eight hours of sleep when possible. If your growing tummy is starting to keep you up at night, then keeping the temperature low on those sultry nights will help. Turn down the temperature on your A/C as low as you can, as the heat tends to keep you up.
If you are lucky, you may even feel a flutter or two at this stage in the game. Your doctor may start to measure your fundal height this week and keep you abreast of how your baby is developing. This distance between the pubic bone and top of the uterus falls within specific ranges for each week of the pregnancy and can be reassuring to the mother that all is well. Your blood volume has increased by over 20% since the beginning of the pregnancy, which contributes to the overall weight gain.
Whats happening with your baby
The baby’s marrow is beginning to form, this is the source of stem cells in the body, which are responsible for blood cell formation. The neck is now resting on the neck unlike the previous weeks where the head rested on the shoulders directly. With the hair taking on colour, and eyes moving closer together, the baby will start looking less Martian and more earthling-like!
Your baby is also practicing, thumb-sucking and swallowing during these crucial weeks. You may even catch a glimpse of a hiccup, like he or she had one too many gulps of amniotic fluid. These next few weeks will feature more rapid growth than you have ever seen.
This coming month is going to see your baby growing by leaps and bounds, so continue to eat those nutritious foods to help support the fetus in its growth. The baby is now close to 4 inches long and about the size of a small cucumber. It may not take a rocket scientist to see that you are pregnant now, so get ready for those knowing looks from passersby on the street. While nobody appreciates a stranger feeling up your growing belly, but give them a pass, they mean well!