Welcome to the second trimester! The second trimester is usually the most comfortable part of the pregnancy. You bump is showing but not too big and usually the morning sickness has passed by now. During this period you and your partner can enjoy time together or perhaps take your last holiday together before becoming parents. In these videos Dr. Carol Cooper explains warning signs to look out for and how to manage your maternity leave.
You are almost at the start of your second trimester of pregnancy, considered the easiest of the three trimesters as you say goodbye to troubling pregnancy symptoms and enjoy seeing your body and your baby blossom. In this section listen to Dr Carol Cooper explain what to expect from your second trimester and your baby’s development at week 13.
During week 14 of your pregnancy your baby will grow eyebrows, as well as other hair. Find out more about your baby’s development during 14 weeks, as well as how to cope with constipation, a common pregnancy symptom during the second trimester
During week 15 your baby’s eyes will become sensitive to light and he’ll be moving around more, although it will still be a few more weeks before you feel anything definite in the kicks department. In this section Dr Carol Cooper explains what to expect from your second trimester of your pregnancy, as well as explaining your fundal height.
In week 16 of your pregnancy your baby’s brain cells become connected to his spinal cord allowing him some coordinated movement. You may also notice some new pregnancy symptoms around this time as your oestrogen levels continue to rise. Here, Dr Carol Cooper explains more on 16 week of pregnancy and common second trimester pregnancy symptoms.
In week 17 your baby will be practising his breathing, moving his ribcage up and down ready for those first breaths outside the womb. In this section, learn more about your baby’s first trimester development, as well as advice on coping with your changing emotions.
Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for in your second trimester: feeling your baby move inside you. From a flutter like butterflies to a kick in the ribcage, Dr Carol Cooper explains what your baby’s movements at week 18 will feel like, when you will notice them and when you need to start monitoring those kicks.
It’s week 19 of your pregnancy and this week your baby is developing a coat of vernix to protect his skin from the amniotic fluid he will be swimming in for another 21 weeks. In this section Dr Carol Cooper explains more about your baby’s development at 19 weeks, as well as describing common first trimester skin problems.
Congratulations, you are now halfway through your pregnancy. At 20 weeks pregnant you may start to notice your baby responding to noise and light changes outside the womb. In the following section learn more about your baby’s development in the second trimester, and what to expect from your anomaly scan.
By week 21 your baby is starting to taste some of the foods you eat as his taste buds and swallowing technique develops. As your baby grows, you may also develop some new second trimester pregnancy symptoms like swollen ankles and varicose veins. Dr Carol Cooper explains how to cope with these common pregnancy troubles, as well as more on your baby’s development at 21 weeks.
Amazingly, at week 22 your baby’s sex organs are already preparing for the day he or she will create their own baby. In this section, learn more fascinating facts about your baby’s journey in the womb, as well as how to relieve back pain during the second trimester of pregnancy .
If you’ve not planned when to start your maternity leave yet then now is a good time to do so. In the following section Dr Carol Cooper offers advice on when to take maternity leave and your employee rights whilst you’re pregnant. Also in this section, learn about your baby’s second trimester development at week 23 of your pregnancy.
Week 24 is an important week for your baby’s development. His immature lungs are now producing the chemical which will allow him to breathe outside of the womb. Dr Carol Cooper explains more about your baby’s second trimester development as well as answering your questions on sex during pregnancy.
Preterm labour may be rare but is important to know the signs and get medical attention straight away. In this section Dr Carol Cooper explains what happens in preterm labour, as well as your baby’s development during week 25 of your second trimester of pregnancy.
Listen to Dr Carol Cooper as she talks about your baby’s second trimester development at week 26 of your pregnancy. Also in this section, learn about gestational diabetes and if you could be at risk.
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