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In all honesty, after much thought sharing what to expect during the second trimester of pregnancy is to much information for one post itself. As a result, I decided to divide the second trimester into a series of it’s own. In the past, I’ve already shared the story of how I found out I was pregnant and what to expect during the first trimester of pregnancy. Without any further adieu, let’s get started with what to expect during week thirteen thru eighteen when expecting.
According to Baby Center, the baby is about the size of a pea pod. After, downloading a million apps to track this pregnancy I decided to stick with Baby Center. In my opinion, it has a good variety of articles, information, and questionnaires that are useful. For this reason, I have being using it every week to help me stay up to date with useful content. During this week, it was recommended to have the Nuchal Translucency (NT) ultrasound. In other words, an ultrasound that measures the fluid under the skin in the back of the baby’s neck to determine the risk of down syndrome. In all honesty, I was extremely nervous as I waited for the results. Thankfully, I was able to receive the results within an hour.
By this time, puking disappeared while nausea persisted at a much lower rate. Also, I started to notice a bit more energy although nothing to dramatic. Instead, of sleeping at any opportunity I had instead I would watch TV in the couch. During, this time lapse I was able to walk half a mile every day of the week. It is highly recommended for pregnant women to be active. In all honesty, staying active can be a challenge but keep pushing forward it will get easier.
The amount of heartburn I’ve experienced almost seems unbelievable. For this reason, I often stay away from foods that might upset my stomach. Needless to say, I have become tremendously emotional. To put it in other words, I simply cry over anything and everything. Lastly, I started to experience headaches. After, much research I found it is a common symptom during pregnancy.
- McDonald’s Cheeseburger Happy Meal
The baby is the size of an apple according to Baby Center. With this in mind, I could not comprehend why my stomach looked bigger than an apple. Moving forward, a symptom that was dominant during this time was a runny nose. I had to constantly keep blowing my nose to be able to breath. Again, this is a common symptom women can experience during pregnancy.
Important to mention, this week I had to head out to purchase maternity nursing bras. As a result, of outgrowing the pre-pregnancy bras I had in my closet. To say the least, I did not expect to have to purchase new bras this early on. It was recommended to purchase one or two as the breast will continue to grow.
On the negative side, this week I was hit with both cold and flu symptoms. Unfortunately, the symptoms were strong enough to keep me home from work and school. In the end, I went to the doctor to help ease the symptoms and prescribe medicine. As a result, of acquiring the flu during pregnancy I will be having a flu shot towards the end of pregnancy. In the hope, of preventing the baby from acquiring the flu herself once she is born. Lastly, this is the week we found out the gender and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a girl. In the near future, expect a gender reveal story!
- Runny nose
- Nose bleed
- Muscle aches
According to Baby Center, the baby is about the size of a turnip. Unfortunately, I have no photo to share for this week. However, I have made it a priority to have pictures for each week even if it is through a phone camera. On the other hand, I have manage to regain about half of the energy I had pre-pregnancy. Also, I started to notice my legs becoming more tired than before. I’m guessing it is due to the fifteen pounds I have gained up until this point. All in all, I am starting to feel more like myself each passing week.
All of a sudden, it became unbearable to wear shoes with any type of heel for over three hours. Again, it is completely normal and nothing to worry about. Also, I noticed a high level of hunger throughout the week. Often times, I wanted to eat the world. However, I tried to portion my meals or I could easily have overate. It is recommended to watch over your appetite and diet during the second trimester. As most women tend to gain more weight than recommended during this trimester.
All things considered, the pregnancy symptoms have diminished from the first trimester. For example, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and aversions have decreased. On the other hand, hot flashes, melasma, and gas have continued. Needless to say, I am thrilled about the pregnancy and can hardly wait to have her in my arms.