If you ask a mom which trimester of her pregnancy she enjoyed the most, there's a strong chance she'd say the second. You're usually past the morning sickness and exhaustion of the first trimester, but you're not as uncomfortable as you might eventually be in the third trimester. In that sweet spot of the middle trimester, your energy levels are generally good and your aches and pains are minimal. That being said, there are still some precautions to take in the second trimester to make sure it stays enjoyable for you.
The second trimester is typically considered weeks 13 through 27 of your pregnancy, according to Parenting. In addition to being the most physically enjoyable trimester, it's also a super exciting time for moms-to-be because this is when you'll probably start to feel your baby move. Nothing makes the reality of pregnancy sink in like being kicked in the ribs at 3 a.m. Although that's sure to make you eager to meet your baby, don't forget to take some time for yourself before your life completely changes — the second trimester is a great time for a babymoon, for example.
Here are nine precautions for the second trimester so you can make the most of this feel good time.
1. Stay Hydrated
When you're feeling great in the second trimester, it can be easy to forget that your body is working hard to create your baby. It's important to give your body the fuel it needs to do that work, so Baby Center noted that you should drink lots of water and stay well hydrated during the second trimester.
2. Adjust Your Exercise Routine
As good as you feel now, your baby and your belly are still growing rapidly by the day. You may need to make some changes to your workout routine as the second trimester progresses to stay comfortable and safe, according to Healthline. Walking, stationary bike rides, and swimming are all great options for pregnant women.
3. Wear Sunscreen
If you're taking advantage of the comfortable days of your pregnancy to spend some time in the great outdoors, don't forget to slather on the sunscreen. According to Healthy Women, pregnancy hormones make your skin a bit more sensitive so it's not a fun time to accidentally get a sunburn.
4. Check Your Medications
The second trimester isn't totally enjoyable. According to What To Expect, some pregnant women are plagued by congestion thanks to increased blood flow. If your nose gets stuffed, be sure to check with your doctor on which medications you can take for some relief, though many over the counter pills are typically OK.
5. Look For Signs of Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes is likely to show up during the second trimester, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Keep an eye out for symptoms like extreme thirst, tiredness, and blurred vision, and let your doctor know if you're experiencing them.
6. Make A Dental Appointment
Few people enjoy trips to the dentist, but good oral hygiene during pregnancy can actually help keep you and your baby safe according to Baby Center. Getting your teeth cleaned and your gums checked can help prevent dangerous infections that can spread into your bloodstream and affect your pregnancy.
7. Book Your Genetic Testing Appointments
According to Kids Health, your doctor will typically offer you genetic testing during the second trimester that can let you know whether your baby is at risk for conditions like Down syndrome, spina bifida, or phenylketonuria. Saying yes to these tests can put you in a position where you're better prepared to deal with it if your baby is born with one of these issues.
8. Keep An Eye On Your Weight
Most women will need to bust out the maternity clothes in the second trimester, when weight gain starts to speed up. According to Parents, you'll typically gain about a pound a week during the second trimester. If your gain is significantly higher or lower than that, you might want to check in with your doctor.
9. Get Ready For Birth
Though you want your baby to keep growing and developing until you're full term, they do reach viability during the second trimester according to Everyday Family. Since there's always a possibility that your baby can be born early, it's a good idea to have everything in order — pack the hospital bag, have the car seat ready, and make sure that crib is built.