You've made it through the first trimester of pregnancy. For some women, it may have been a difficult trimester with sickness and nausea. And even though you may have been uncomfortable, exhausted, and sick, pregnancy is a very exciting time. The second trimester of pregnancy can be an even more exciting time in the life of a pregnant woman. You are getting even closer to welcoming a new child into the world.
The second trimester is accompanied by many new developments and changes with your body and the body of your child. For starters, it is common for the bouts of nausea to have subsided during the second trimester--a welcome development, for sure. Also, because the baby is not yet big enough to crowd your abdominal organs, you won't feel too uncomfortable yet. Take this time--while you're feeling well--to get as much prepared for the baby and yourself as possible. The second trimester is a time to be enjoyed and cherished.
During the second trimester, you'll continue to expand. Your breasts will continue to grow as your milk-producing glands get larger, as well as additional fat will accumulate on your breasts. The breast tenderness that you may have felt during the first trimester will most likely decrease. And you may find that the nipple tenderness will continue--even post-birth. Wearing a supportive bra can combat this discomfort and pain. If the pain and discomfort is too much, talk to your doctor about over-the-counter pain relievers that you can take. Do what you can to relieve the discomfort, but know that it is a normal part of pregnancy--especially throughout the second trimester.
Your uterus could even start contracting during your second trimester. These are known as Braxton Hicks contractions. Consider them warm-ups. Your body is gearing up for the labor. Remember that it's natural. You'll feel pain in your groin and lower abdomen. But, if you feel that your contractions are more than Braxton Hicks contractions, it could be a sign of preterm labor--and you should call your doctor immediately if your contractions are regular and consistently painful.
As you progress through your pregnancy, you may notice certain skin changes-including stretch marks. These stretch marks will appear on your stomach, breasts, butt, thighs, upper arms-to name a few areas. Depending on the intensity of the stretch marks, the color can appear in white, pink, purple, or red. You'll also notice that some parts of your skin darkens--nipples, pubic area, and parts of your face. And because your skin will be extra sensitive, make sure to wear sunscreen every single day. This will provide your skin with the protection it needs. While moisturizing your skin will help the itchiness, it won't prevent stretch marks or darkening spots.
The second trimester of pregnancy is an exciting time filled with bodily and emotional changes. It is a time to prepare for the child you're bringing into the world. It is a time to enjoy.
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