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November 06, 2012
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The Second Trimester

By: Richard Martine   Post Date : November 06, 2012
The second trimester, which is weeks 14 through 27, often signals the end of early pregnancy woes, such as nausea, fatigue and breast discomfort. Many women feel their energy level return to normal or better.

By this time, your uterus will have grown a little higher than your pubic bone, which may cause your belly to poke out a little, causing many women to begin to "show." If you're not showing (or if you haven't been able to put on your regular pants for weeks already), don't fret. Every woman's pregnancy journey is different.

In the middle of the second trimester (around week 16 to 20), most obstetricians will order a diagnostic ultrasound. The ultrasound will reveal lots of information about your unborn baby, including the gender, if you so desire. The ultrasound technician will ask you if you want to know if the baby is a boy or girl before the procedure begins.

Your unborn baby makes important strides during the second trimester. He or she starts out this trimester at about the size of a lemon, measuring three inches from crown to rump and weighing about 2 ounces, to the size of a cauliflower, weighing about 2 pounds and measuring 14 inches (head to toe). His neck and arms will grow to more proportionate with his body. Somewhere around week 16, genitalia will take its predetermined form, so that it will be clear to the trained eye if the future holds pink or blue.

Your baby is practicing using her little hands and feet, although because she is so tiny and her bones are so soft, you may not feel anything until at first. "Quickening" refers to the first time a mother can feel the flutters of her little one, which occurs around week 20.

He will learn how to make facial expressions, suck her thumb and twist and turn during this time period.

The other important milestone during the second trimester is viability. At 25 weeks, if something were to happen and the baby were to be born, she could survive with lots of medical intervention.

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