to Expect in the Second Trimester
Your baby, now weighing about 6 ounces, is growing very
fast and is about 8 to 10 inches long by the end of
this month. The umbilical cord continues to grow and
thicken in order to carry enough blood and nourishment.
Morning sickness, fatigue, and many other things that
might have bothered you during the first 3 months might
disappear as your body adapts to the growing baby.
will begin to put on weight now. You should gain 3 to
4 pounds, and the majority of it will be gained during
these next three months. The recognized average total
gain throughout pregnancy is approximately 25-35 pounds,
although you may gain slightly more or less. Maternity
clothes and a maternity bra may now be more comfortable.
may start to feel the baby`s movement now. Don`t worry
if you can`t, But if there is still no movement by the
beginning of your five month see your doctor.
By the end of this month, your baby will weigh about
1 pound and be about 12 inches long. The doctor will
now be able to hear the baby's heartbeat and you will
begin to feel more definite movements. This month you
may gain 3 or 4 pounds and begin to breathe deeper and
eyelids, and ears are now fully developed. A fine hair,
known as lanugo covers your baby's body.
baby will be able to hear your heart beating. Sounds
from outside the uterus will also be audible, although
they will be slightly muffled. Your baby will respond
to music and speech.
will be seeing your doctor about every four weeks during
this trimester. She will listen to your baby`s heartbeat,
see the baby's development and determine the baby's
age. Your urine and blood pressure will be tested every
You are now carrying a fully formed miniature baby except
that the skin is wrinkled and red and there is practically
no fat under the skin. The baby still needs to grow,
being now only about 14 inches long and weighing only
about 1 1/2 pounds. By the end of this trimester, your
baby may be sucking his/her thumb and can cry. Subcutaneous
fat is building up under his skin, and eyelids have
opened, allowing the fetus to develop focus. Brain tissue
is also increasing at this time. If your baby has hair
on his head, it may be growing as well.
the end of the fifth month, the begining of this month
you will have an ultrasound scan also known as a sonogram.
This is a test that uses sound waves to draw a picture
of your baby inside your uterus. From this test you
will be able to see your baby`s movement and see his?her
heart beating and evaluate the size and development
of your baby. Your doctor may also be able to determine
your baby's sex at this time, although results have
been known to be inaccurate.
A few symptoms you may experience during the second
of the hands and feet
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