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Second Trimester (Week 13 - Week 28)

Updated: Thursday, May 20,2010, 11:02:17 AM
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 As you move from week 13 to 28, you may be experiencing some of the following symptoms:

    * back, abdomen, groin and/or thigh pain (changes in blood circulation and stress of carrying the extra weight could be to blame, according to MOD)
    * skin issues mainly caused by hormones
          o stretch marks
          o darkening of skin around the nipples
          o dark line from the belly button to the pubic hairline
          o patches of dark skin on your face, sometimes called the mask of pregnancy
    * you may develop carpal tunnel syndrome - numb or tingling hands
    * itching on the stomach, palms and soles of your feet
    * swelling of the ankles, fingers and face (extra fluid in your body can cause swelling, according to MOD)
    * weight of up to a pound a week

 should you experience nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice or fatigue combined with itching. Also, if you notice a quick and large weight gain, you should also call your healthcare provider.
Your baby in the second trimester
You are not alone in your growth. Your baby will end this trimester as long as twelve inches. This is the time you may start to feel some movement from within. following as some major milestones for baby in the second trimester:

    16 weeks

        * skin is forming
        * meconium (what will be the baby's first bowel movement) develops in the intestinal tract
        * the sucking reflex develops

    20 weeks

        * eyebrows, eyelashes, finger and toe nails have formed
        * baby can hear and swallow
        * baby is more active
        * fine downy hair develops as does a waxy coating, protecting the skin underneath

    24 weeks

        * lungs are formed but do not work
        * sex organs are in place
        * baby sleeps and wakes regularly
        * foot and fingerprints are formed
        * hair growth on head

Healthy Choices

You are halfway through with your pregnancy, so this is no time to stop taking care of yourself. MOD recommends you continue seeing your healthcare provider for prenatal check-ups. Your doctor may make several suggestions during the second trimester. According to MOD, they may include:

    * iron supplements
    * prenatal testing like amniocentesis or a blood test for down syndrome and neural tube defects
    * staying away from smoking, drinking and drugs
    * maintaining a nutritious diet that includes water, juice, and milk
    * more fiber to avoid constipation
    * eating smaller meals to avoid heartburn
    * wearing a more supportive bra to alleviate pain

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