You can jump in happiness, lightly though, since you have made your grand entrance into second trimester starting from this week! The first trimester of pregnancy lasts from week 1 through week 12, or in other words it is about 3 months of your gestation. The second trimester begins from week 13 pregnancy and will continue up to week 27.
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13 Weeks Pregnant:
By now, you’ve probably adjusted to the fact that you are, in fact, pregnant without any doubt or confusion lingering in your mind. It is here and it is permanent and soon you will be holding a lovely baby in your arms. You will feel the excitement surging in the heart of both you and your partner as the changes in your body become visible.
The Honeymoon period!
In second trimester, your early pregnancy symptoms will start reducing and you will enter what is called “the honeymoon period”. At this stage you are not so large that you cannot enjoy doing many of the same activities you did befo
Changes In Your Body:
Be prepared from now on for the most obvious physical change that will start to take place in your body hereafter; which is the increased expansion of your uterus. This will be seen in your expanding size which is necessary to accommodate the growing baby.
1. Thickening Waistline:
There is no more denying your pregnancy in 13 weeks, as the thickening of your waistline holds it up boldly for everyone to see. It is time for you to flaunt your maternity clothes, or for now just going for those loose fitting clothes for a week or two.
2. Easing Pressure On Bladder:
Isn’t it amazing that now the pressure on your bladder has eased, decreasing those frequent visits to the loo? This happens due the uterus growing bigger and out of your pelvic region. Your uterus now fills your pelvis and future growth will mean that your uterus expands up into your abdomen. You don’t have to worry about producing a leak every time you laugh or sneeze, or rush to the toilet often. You can now sleep in peace.
3. Vaginal Leaks:
You may need panty liners to deal with leucorrhea, a thin, mild-smelling milky vaginal discharge which has increased for protect your birth canal from infection. It also keeps the bacteria in your vagina in a healthy balance.
4. Pelvic Pain:
You may experience pelvic pain and abdominal pain during this period. The uterus is pulling at the ligaments holding on to it, causing more discomfort to you. Don’t worry though; since none of the pain is severe or unbearable, though at times it can induce panic.
5. Pain With Discharge:
Do NOT ignore pelvic pain accompanied with blood, leakage, or any other type of fluid loss since they can prove harmful both to your baby and you. It could also be a sign of possible miscarriage. Consult your healthcare provider immediately.
6. Continuing Heartburn:
The monstrous heartburn may continue to torment you, sending waves of fire through your chest and throat. Since the valve that prevents the stomach acid from seeping back into your esophagus is relaxed during your pregnancy, there is nothing much to do about this. Blame the hormones, just put on a stoic face and deal with it.
7. Changes In Breasts:
Your belly and breast are more ripe and fuller now. Even though breastfeeding is ages away, your breasts are already producing the colostrums in preparation for lactation. The mammary ducts are growing larger. All these changes can make your breasts extremely sensitive and a bit sore as well. Your breasts may feel lumpy or nodular, which is caused by the mammary ducts as they begin to prepare for milk production. There would be appearance of veins under the skin on your breasts.
Blood Volume And Blood Pressure Changes:
As you enter your second trimester, your blood volume will continue to increase. This is necessary to meet the demands of the uterus which is nourishing your developing baby. The increased blood will come in handy when you may lose blood during childbirth.
- There is high chance of your blood pressure going down slightly because your circulatory system now has less resistance to blood, and the blood vessels are relaxing to allow more blood to flow through them. This is not a harmful situation unless your blood pressure gets too low, since a very low blood pressure can reduce the blood flow to the baby.
- The low blood pressure could also cause a feeling of dizziness, occasionally. This could be more obvious when you suddenly get up from a horizontal position, since your body now needs time to adjust to the new changed position. The blood takes time to reach your brain with low blood pressure.