Some More Exciting Changes During the Second Trimester of PregnancyThe second Trimester is the busiest time during the whole pregnancy. In this period, the infant will start growing. Stay tuned to understand how.
The Growing BabyBaby's hair starts to sprout by the 16th week and gets eyelashes and eyebrows by the 22nd week. The infant's skin will be covered in lanugo. (Lanugo is fine, soft hair, which covers the body and limbs of a human fetus) In the 19th week, a layer of vernix caseosa develops to protect the skin against the acidic amniotic fluid. Both the lanugo and vernix caseosa will shed before childbirth.
Digestive SystemThe digestive system of the infant develops during the second trimester. So the baby will start practicing sucking and swallowing. At that time, the baby can even taste the food that the mother eats via the amniotic fluid. Their waste system also starts working.
SensesBy the 22nd week of pregnancy, the baby's senses will start developing. He/she will start to smell, see and hear. The baby will start opening his/her eye. During the second trimester, the baby's brain and heart start working and supporting the baby's movements.
Changes in your bodyThis trimester may bring some common symptoms, like heartburn and constipation, in pregnant women. At the same time, you may see many changes, such as swelling in the ankle and feet, sensitive gums, leg cramps, dizziness, and pain in the lower abdomen. These are very common and temporary issues. They will get resolved after a short time. But you may face some big changes in your sex life. The second trimester of pregnancy can result in some mood-spoiling symptoms like fatigue and nausea. You may gain weight as your appetite may increase during the second trimester. It is expected to increase up to 6kgs.
TakeawaysPregnancy is a wonderful journey that brings happiness to our lives. We should enjoy this time. The second trimester is the period during which your baby will start growing. You will experience different changes in your body. But don't worry about these symptoms and changes. They are temporary and will be fine after the delivery.
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