YAY! The second trimester is honestly magical. It’s crazy how when you turn the corner into your second trimester how much better you start to feel. It’s truly incredible!
You start to gain more energy. Your morning sickness starts to subside (if you’re lucky!) A lot of the symptoms from your first trimester really do start to dwindle.
Every pregnancy is different though. With my first I experienced morning sickness on and off throughout all three of my trimesters. With my second pregnancy I only experienced morning sickness my first trimester. With my twins pregnancy I experienced morning sickness on and off during all three trimesters as well.
So, they all vary. I really hope you’re blessed and only experience all the horribleness your first trimester. Pregnancy is miserable when you feel crumby throughout the whole thing.
It’s nice to be able to perk up a bit throughout your pregnancy and not feel so lousy. To actually be able to enjoy your growing belly a little bit is the BIGGEST gift!
Your appetite will start to desire food again and you’ll start to get some crazy cravings! Write down what your weird cravings are so you can remember them, it’s fun to look back and see how pregnancy changed your appetite.
This is when you need to start focusing on your diet, make sure you’re eating nutritious, high protein, and healthy foods. Drink lots of water.
WHAT YOU “MAY” EXPERIENCE DURING YOUR SECOND TRIMESTER
- Heartburn– if you were already experiencing this your first trimester then I’m so sorry, it just gets worse from here to the end. If you haven’t gotten on something at this point I highly suggest you do. It really helps so much. There is no need for you to be miserable with heartburn when there are medications out there to help, ask your physician.
- Weight gain– depending on your first trimester and how you were feeling and what you were capable of eating. This trimester is when you’ll most likely really start to gain weight. (For another post on healthy weight gain during pregnancy go HERE)
- Breast tenderness and enlargement
- Nasty taste in your mouth, bad breath– if you’re experiencing this I wish there was something I could tell you to do to cure this, but I was unfortunate to never find anything that would help besides delivering my babies. I experienced this with all of my pregnancies and honestly about a week after I had them it went away. SORRY!
- Increase in vaginal discharge and possible color and odor changes– YEAH I’M NOT EVEN GO TO GO THERE!
- Possible yeast infections and UTI’s– THESE STINK SO BAD!!!!!! I can’t even tell you how many of these I’ve gotten throughout my pregnancies, my body doesn’t like extra added hormones and these are what I would get because of them. NO FUN!
- Constipation– THIS STINKS SO BAD TOO!!!!!!! I wish I could say I have a cure for this too. I’ve done EVERYTHING in the book to help me with this during my pregnancies……NOTHING! Nothing helps me with this so good luck! My only advice is pop stool softeners constantly!
- Frequent Peeing
- Sciatica– this is when your sciatic nerve is being irritated/pinched which causes horrible pain in your lower back that shoots down your leg/legs. There is nothing that can really help this, and it’s very painful, it just gets worse the father along and bigger you get too. Try to rest and take it easy.
I have a FUNNY, NOT SO FUNNY story to tell you about my sciatic nerve pain with my first pregnancy. I was 6 months pregnant. My husband and I were walking into Wal-Mart, we were holding hands and being all cute. We thought it would be fun to skip into the store. So, we started skipping.
Well, my sciatic nerve pain decided to hit me full force and it literally made my legs give out from under me and I am not even kidding I fell right on my face in the parking lot.
My shoe went flying off all dramatically. I laid on the ground for a good 20 seconds trying to comprehend what the heck just happened. I was so embarrassed because quite a few people witnessed this. I was nervous because I fell right on my stomach and I was terrified I hurt my baby.
Then of course my pregnant self started sobbing uncontrollably. It was one of those ugly, laugh cries that you do when you’re uncomfortable and don’t really know how to show your emotions properly.
YEP! That’s my embarrassing FUNNY, NOT SO FUNNY story for ya! Now, luckily no harm was done to my baby boy, thank heavens!
Moral of the story, don’t skip if you experience sciatica while pregnant. 🙂
Now, back to the list of things to expect this trimester.
At the beginning of this trimester your stomach will definitely start to poke out if it hasn’t already. This is the “chubby stage” of pregnancy and this is when you want to buy a shirt that says, “I’m Pregnant!” because this is the stage where people wonder if you’re just gaining weight or expecting and they’re not sure whether to say something or not. Don’t worry though, by the end of this trimester your baby bump will definitely be present!
This is when your chances of miscarrying decrease by a lot and if you haven’t already announced your exciting news, now is the time to shout it to the world! There are so many fun ways you can announce it, Pinterest has a lot of ideas!
Now that you’re into your second trimester you need to start sleeping on your LEFT side. No more back or tummy sleeping. If you’re exercising no more lying flat on your back to do certain exercises as well. The reasoning for this is because when you lay on your back you can pinch a nerve that blocks blood flow to your baby and can cause brain development deformities.
Prop yourself up with pillows to help you from rolling over onto your back or belly while you sleep. If you wake up and find yourself on your back or belly, DON’T PANIC just roll back over to your LEFT side. Your left side is favored because that’s the side that gets the best blood and nutrient flow to your placenta.
Do whatever you can to enjoy this trimester, because this really is the trimester you’ll feel your best, even if you still experience all the crappy that comes along with it. You’ve got this!