Pregnancy 2nd Trimester Weeks

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2nd Trimester Weeks

You’ve reached your second trimester. For most mums it’s a real milestone because it’s around now that you’ll want to start announcing the news to your friends and family.

As your baby grows inside you, your body will be going through some changes too; pregnancy hormones will be affecting you both physically and mentally. But, although you might notice your moods are a little changeable, lots of mums-to-be report an increase in their energy levels – especially as morning sickness tends to fade as you enter your second trimester.

This section will tell you all about the developments your baby’s going through, and offer helpful suggestions about how you can look after yourself and make your pregnancy easier.

  • 01
    Your pregnancy-week 13

    13 weeks spells the start of your second trimester. And as your baby continues to develop, your body is busy preparing for the important job of breastfeeding.

    If you haven’t already grown out of your usual bra size, no doubt you soon will.

    Read more about how your breasts are changing inside and how to stay comfortable as you grow.

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  • 02
    Your pregnancy-week 14

    Right now, you may be enjoying an increase in energy. Although running a marathon is probably out of the question, taking up a safe and gentle form of exercise may be just what you need. Read on for advice about the benefits of exercising when pregnant and how to do it safely.

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  • 03
    Your pregnancy-week 15

    Your baby’s bones and lungs are becoming stronger at 15 weeks. Your body is doing an incredible job of sustaining you both, but this can naturally take its toll on your immune system and you may be more susceptible to colds and viruses.

    Read about your baby’s latest developments and how pregnancy may be affecting you day to day.

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  • 04
    Your pregnancy-week 16

    Although your baby hasn’t yet opened their eyes, they can now sense light from the outside world. You may be noticing some interesting effects from your hormones at this stage, including unusual food cravings and dry, itchy eyes. Read on to learn about your baby’s development and the changes that often appear at 16 weeks.

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  • 05
    Your pregnancy-week 17

    At 17cm long, your baby may be moving enough for you to feel the occasional fluttering sensation. While your baby is happily tumbling around, you may be suffering from slower digestion and the constipation that goes with it.

    Sensitive gums are common at this time too. Find out how to cope with some of the other pregnancy symptoms you may be experiencing at 17 weeks.

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  • 06
    Your pregnancy-week 18

    Boy or girl? By 18 weeks, a skilful sonographer could get a pretty clear idea. Lightheaded sensations might start taking you by surprise from time to time now as your heart works overtime to circulate the blood that’s nourishing both you and your baby. It’s a signal to slow down and a reminder to keep eating a healthy, balanced diet. Read on to learn more about best to tackle this common pregnancy symptom.

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  • 07
    Your pregnancy-week 19

    At 19 weeks, you’re probably eager to get your first glimpse of your growing baby. Recent developments that are beyond the power of ultrasound are your baby’s senses of taste and hearing, both of which depend on a healthy, wholesome diet to develop well. If you’re feeling the discomfort of heartburn, eating little and often is the golden rule. Learn more about your baby and your body this week.

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  • 08
    Your pregnancy-week 20

    Your baby is now around 22cm long with a strong heartbeat which you may be able to see during your 20 week scan. It can be a magical moment to see your baby for the first time and a relief to have your questions answered about how they’re developing.

    Read on for what to expect during your appointment and to find out what may be the cause of leg cramps at this stage.

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  • 09
    Your pregnancy-week 21

    With your baby’s brain in a rapid phase of development, getting the right fats in your diet is essential. The rest of your diet counts too, of course, and resisting temptation is better for you and your baby, now and in the long run. Find out about the importance of eating well for both of you, along with getting organised for your baby’s arrival and coping with pregnancy puffiness at 21 weeks.

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  • 10
    Your pregnancy-week 22

    At 22 weeks, your baby is tuning in to your voice more closely than ever, learning to recognise and respond to your every word. Some women experience glowing, radiant skin during pregnancy but for others, hormones take the blame for spotty outbreaks. Find out what’s causing these changes and read our suggestions for pregnancy-friendly skin care.

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    Your pregnancy-week 23

    Your baby is continuing to go through some incredible developments, including preparing for the outside world by learning to breathe. Keeping up a healthy pregnancy diet is as important as ever, and one of the key nutrients you both need is calcium. Read on to find out why calcium is so important and which calcium-rich foods to include.

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  • 12
    Your pregnancy-week 24

    At 24 weeks pregnant, you may be feeling overloaded both physically and emotionally. An achy back and tearful episodes may be becoming the norm. So this is a time when good shoes, good friends or even a good book may be in order. Read on to find out more about indulging in some invaluable ‘me-time’.

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  • 13
    Your pregnancy-week 25

    At 25 weeks, your baby measures around 34cm long and their awareness of the outside world is growing. You’re likely to be growing more steadily now too, as your body lays down vital stores for the job of breastfeeding. Some weight gain is essential but it’s best to try to keep it to within healthy limits. Learn why a well balanced diet is so important and read our advice about minimising stretch marks.

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