The second trimester is nicknamed the honeymoon period of the pregnancy. Morning sickness and nausea are history now: your body did all it could to ensure the development of your baby’s vital organs, so now you might feel carefree, energetic and sexually active. You’re beaming with joy!
The expectant mother
Your mood is generally positive and your feelings are overwhelmed by the joy of motherhood. Your womb is palpable now. Besides hormone secretion, the placenta also serves as a bridge between you and the fetus: through the umbilical cord, it supplies the baby with the necessary oxygen and nutrition, ensures metabolism and filters out harmful substances that might endanger your pregnancy.
During this week, the development of your child speeds up greatly: he keeps on growing quickly. The bones in his middle ear start to develop too, so in a short while, the baby will be able to hear the voices of the people around you. His previously wide-set eyes are getting closer to each-other and his facial features are formulating. His intestinal villi responsible for the peristaltic movement of the bowels also appear and the kidneys are now able to excrete liquid drawn from the amniotic fluid, which circulates and is completely changed every 3 hours now.
This week there are no compulsory examinations. In your free-time, you might start designing the baby’s room or go shopping for baby supplies.
You might be advised to take certain vitamin supplements during your pregnancy, or there might be situations when you have to take some kind of medicine. In this case, do not forget to discuss your medication with your treating gynecologist, and inform your GP before he prescribes anything that you are expecting.
You should not expect great changes at this point, just enjoy yourself. If you are pregnant during summer, pay attention to the application of sunscreen as your skin is more sensitive now to the sun because of the ongoing hormonal changes. If you are prone to having liver-spots, they might start to appear now, but a bit of sunscreen can prevent them from appearing or fade the spots you already have. On sunny days (even in winter), always use sunscreen face cream and sunblock lotion. You can sunbathe a little, but you should use sunscreen with a higher SPF than before. Do not let the sun touch your belly and your breasts if you can help it, as your skin is thinner and tauter on these parts, and tan stripes may appear on them, which are really hard to get rid of later.