After the crazy symptoms of the first three months, you can expect to look forward to feeling much better during the second trimester. Sure, there may be some lingering symptoms from your pregnancy first trimester, but you can expect to have gone through the worst of it. In this post I’ll summarize your pregnancy second trimester symptoms.
There will be some new symptoms to expect though. Because your little one is growing rapidly, expect to see more visible reminders that you aren’t alone as you go through the day. Tiny movements, along with more obvious belly swelling, will surely give you new things to delight in every week! Here are some of the most common pregnancy second trimester symptoms to expect.
Your Pregnancy Second Trimester Symptoms:
Say Goodbye to Morning Pregnancy Sickness
If you’ve been dealing with nausea (read more about in my previous post – Pregnancy Nausea – Ease that Nasty Feeling with These Tips!) and (read more about in my previous post – Vomiting in Pregnancy – How to Keep Morning Sickness Away) in the first trimester, it’s time to celebrate because those bouts of bending over a sink are over! This is one of the reasons why pregnant women look forward to the second trimester. Those episodes of feeling awful and queasy are about to end! With this, you’ll feel better, more energetic, and get to really enjoy your pregnancy!
Frequent Trips to the Toilet
Though you’ll have no more nausea, this isn’t saying that you’ll be free from all symptoms. Around the fourth or fifth month, your baby bulge will be a bit more evident. This also means that your baby is growing heavier and is pushing on the bladder. This results in constantly feeling the urge to pee. Don’t cut down on fluid intake, however, because your body needs the extra hydration. Instead, stay away from fluids that can add to the frequency to urinate. Examples are coffee and tea that contain caffeine.
A higher chance of Urinary Pain
Some women have a higher chance for urinary pain and urinary tract infections during pregnancy. This is due to a slower flow of urine due to hormonal changes. Plus, your growing uterus puts pressure on the urinary bladder, leading to incomplete emptying of urine. If you’re experiencing pain and burning when peeing, or if you see blood in your urine or a foul odor, talk to your doctor immediately. A urinary tract infection can cause preterm labor if left untreated, so it’s important to get treated for this.
Read my previous post for more details – Pregnant and Feeling Pain When You Pee? This Could be the Cause
Your expanding uterus is rapidly taking up a lot of space, pushing on the surrounding organs. Your lungs as well can be a bit more crowded out than usual. This makes it a bit difficult for air to flow freely in and out of the lungs. So, even walking through the house or taking a trip to the toilet can leave you feeling breathless. Try to move slowly so you can catch your breath more easily. If your breathlessness becomes more intense, though, it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor about it.
Pain and Cramping in Your Legs
You may start waking up in the middle of the night clutching your leg and yowling in pain! Leg cramps are caused by lack of blood circulation to your legs. This is again caused by the pressure on certain blood vessels leading to the lower part of your body. At times, your uterus may impinge on nerves leading to the legs as well, contributing to the occurrence of leg cramps. You can try Over-The-Counter medication for pregnant to get rid of leg cramps.
Feeling like a Puffed Pastry
Admit it, the swelling that can start getting noticeable in your face, ankles and hands can make you feel more puffed up than you already are! Slower blood circulation and a higher volume of fluid in your body is actually a way for more blood to be supplied to your growing baby. This actually results to the swelling you see in certain areas. Make sure to keep yourself hydrated. Though seemingly counterintuitive, a lack of water can actually worsen the swelling and puffiness, because your body is holding on to any remaining fluid in your body.
It’s important to tell your doctor about the pregnancy second trimester symptoms you’re feeling when you go for your routine prenatal checks. There are simple ways to ease these pregnancy second trimester symptoms, but if they’re truly bothering you, there are safe medications available as well.