As your belly gets rounder and rounder, the best and most joyous weeks of becoming a mother are upon you. Now you are able to tell when the baby is asleep and awake by sensing his movements: you can tell when he is kicking and playing with the umbilical cord.
The expectant mother
The second trimester usually brings an increase in the libido. Plethora and rapid excretion makes the vagina and clitoris more sensitive, thus sex might become even more enjoyable than before. You do not have to be afraid of hurting the baby, as he is protected by the sac surrounding him filled with amniotic fluid. So if your doctor does not forbid it for a specific reason, having sexual intercourse during pregnancy is healthy and allowed. During these weeks, your breasts might start to leak a little amount of fluid, which might be foremilk or the liquid produced by the glands around your nipple. The firmness of your breasts might decrease and the tension in them eases.
He weighs 420 grams and is 27-28 centimeters long. The baby’s senses are developing, so he is becoming able to feel touch and hear sounds more and more. Girls develop wombs, ovaries and vaginas, and boys’ testicles descend from the abdomen towards the scrotum. The fetus now has his own sleeping schedule which might not coincide with yours: it can happen that your baby is most actively kicking when you are trying to sleep.
This week you will have the same prenatal care examinations as always. With a Doppler ultrasound device, you can listen to the most beautiful sound in the world, your child’s heartbeat.
Your breasts are constantly in growth, so you should not buy more than one or two maternity bras at a time. Apply moisturizing creams to make your skin more flexible and prevent stretch marks.
You should start looking for an antenatal course to join. Try to frequent the course of the institute where you are planning to give birth, so you can work together with the same specialists who are going to be there with you in the moment of delivery. The course should contain consultations with the midwife and the infant nurse, and regular pregnancy workouts. If your partner’s schedule permits it, you should come to the consultations and prepare for the arrival of the baby together.