If you've made it past the wretched first trimester of pregnancy, and you're wondering what fresh hell is next, let me ease your worried mind. All the glory that is the second trimester will surely make up for all the misery you've been experiencing for upwards of three months (I hope). Cling to my depictions of what your second trimester feels like, because it really is the best part of the whole growing-another-human-being-inside-your-body thing. Well, besides finally holding that precious newborn of yours, of course.
Once my first trimester of my first pregnancy neared the end, I still had morning (read: all day) sickness. Thankfully, though, it wasn't as intense. My body was starting to adjust to the pregnancy, and I actually started to enjoy the whole experience. The second trimester, to me, was such a delight, and I truly wish wish the entire 40 weeks could feel that marvelous. I was still nauseated, uncomfortable, and going to the bathroom frequently, but it didn't matter. There was so much good happening, how could I not appreciate every kick, craving, and belly bump picture?
It's a good thing I didn't know how awful the third trimester would be, otherwise it would have been significantly more difficult to just sit back and enjoy those wonderful three months of second trimester bliss. So, if you're nearing your second trimester and looking for some reprieve, here's what you can expect to start feeling: