Second Trimester

Most women find the second trimester of pregnancy much easier than the first. You might notice that symptoms like nausea and fatigue are going away. However, other new, more noticeable changes to your body are now happening.

Your abdomen will expand as the baby continues to grow, and before this trimester is over, you will feel your baby beginning to move! As the baby grows, you may notice your body changing as well. Some more noticeable changes may be stretch marks on your belly, breasts, or thighs, body aches, usually most common in the back and lower abdomen, and, as your skin begins to stretch, itching. All of these things are signs that your body is making way for baby.

During the second trimester your baby’s muscle tissue and bone are forming to make the skeleton. The baby also can hear, swallow, and make a sucking motion (sucking reflex). Your baby is also becoming more active and usually by week 20 you will most likely feel the baby’s first movements. Around week 20 your doctor may also be able to distinguish the sex of the baby. By week 24, your baby is sleeping and waking regularly, real hair begins to grow on baby’s head, and baby weighs about 1.5 lbs.