Pregnancy is a three-part act, and each trimester has its own perks and pains. The first trimester is filled with the newness of pregnancy and the realization that oh-this-is-really-happening. (Not to mention the morning sickness!) The third trimester, meanwhile, is dominated by the impending birth and your desire to just have this baby already. But what should you expect in between those months and, more importantly, when does the second trimester start?
According to the Office of Women’s Health, the second trimester begins at week 13 and ends at week 28 of your pregnancy. It is a time of great change for both mom and baby. Your baby is continuing to grow and develop rapidly. Meanwhile, food cravings, a growing waistline, and increased energy are common during this phase of pregnancy. And is your Pinterest full-to-bursting with ideas for an adorable gender reveal party? Great! This is the trimester when you might find out your baby’s sex.
So if you’re ready for the second trimester — congratulations! You’re over one-third of the way to having a baby. You’re likely in the middle of a flurry of preparations, and you probably have about a million questions about the next few weeks. Here is a quick rundown of the common things that happen during this exceptionally exciting trimester. (Read on without worry — it’s mostly good news!)