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What to Expect During Your Second Trimester

March 21, 2014

Many women believe the second trimester is the best as the morning sickness and fatigue that often affects women in the first trimester subsides.The second trimester is typically considered the span between 13 and 27 weeks and can involve quite a few changes.

The Bump and the Baby

The second trimester is when the baby bump makes the most drastic change! The average weight gain by week 27 is between 16 and 22 pounds—all to help baby grow healthy and strong! Along with a growing baby bump, you may notice more signs that there’s a little person growing inside you.  Many woman begin to feel the baby move between week 16 and 20, and some women can feel the baby’s hiccups toward the end of the trimester!

Skin Changes and Stretch Marks

A growing bump means that your baby is growing. But, the bump can sometimes leave you with stretch marks, too.  Some women notice pink or purplish stretch marks along the abdomen, thighs, and breasts as pregnancy progresses. The stretching skin may become itchy, but moisturizers can help reduce the discomfort that comes with a growing baby bump. During pregnancy, the number of pigment-bearing cells in your skin increases, which can lead to melasma, or dark spots across the face. Don’t worry, though. These dark spots usually disappear after pregnancy.

Some Aches and Pains

Any extra weight you have gained as a result of pregnancy can put a little extra strain on your back if you’re not used to it. Many women report achy and sore backs during the second trimester. To help, many women use chairs with more back support and sleep on their sides with support pillow. Some women also report swollen, tender, and bleeding gums. As your hormones change, your body sends more blood to that area which can make them bleed more easily than before. Try a softer toothbrush and be gentler with floss. Your gums should return to normal after your baby is born.

The Baby’s Development

During the second trimester, the baby’s ears develop further and he or she can begin to hear. By the end of the second trimester, your baby will be able to respond to sounds like your voice with movement. Your baby will also be able to swallow, and features like hair, fingerprints, and footprints form.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

WARNING: Ingestion of more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) per day has been shown to have potential antithrombotic effects, including an increased bleeding time and International Normalized Ratio (INR). Administration of omega-3 fatty acids should be avoided in patients taking anticoagulants and in those known to have an inherited or acquired predisposition to bleeding.

This site and its contents are an information resource only, and are neither intended to nor should be used in replacement of your doctor or other prescribing professional’s medical guidance, recommendations or advice. Neither this site nor its information should be used or relied upon for any diagnostic, medical, treatment, nutritional or other purpose. All aspects of pregnancy, including whether pregnancy is right for you, and the nourishment and care of your child, should be made with your doctor and other appropriate medical professional, and in consideration of your and your child’s particular medical history. Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Avion”) makes no representation, warranty or other undertaking that this site or its information are appropriate for you or your child’s specific needs or issues, and further expressly disclaims all damages, losses, injuries or liability whatsoever incurred or alleged to have been incurred in consequence of your reliance on the information on this site. Avion does not endorse any test, procedure, treatment, remedy, therapy, cure, nutritional regimen, method or other activity or undertaking that you and/or your doctor or other medical professional may elect or recommend. By visiting this site you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that you have read and understand the same. These terms and conditions, together with any information on this site, may be amended, restated or otherwise changed from time to time and at any time by Avion within the sole, absolute and uncontrolled exercise of its discretion. You acknowledge and agree that Avion has no duty or obligation to keep you informed of any amendments to, restatements of or other changes to these terms and conditions or this site, and that you are solely and exclusively responsible for apprising yourself of the same.

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