Second Trimester of Pregnancy

Weeks 13 - 27

Pregnancy Week 22
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The second trimester of pregnancy is usually thought of as the best trimester. It gets that reputation because you tend to be over your morning sickness. You look pregnant. You feel much better than the first and you don't have the aches and pains of the third trimester. So - it's a relative breeze!

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The good news is that you and your baby are growing! Some days it feels like you're growing by leaps and bounds, even since you woke up.

Here are some ways to follow along with your growth and baby's development.

Prenatal Care & Prenatal Testing

During the course of your prenatal care in the second trimester, you are going to be offered a number of tests. These tests are typically tests to check on the wellbeing of your baby, many of these are genetic screenings. If you missed some of the tests in the first trimester that may be standard blood work, you may have them done in this trimester.

Maternity Clothes

A few words to the wise about maternity clothes, and hear me out because they may seem contradictory. 1) Don't go to maternity clothes before you need to go to them, you will get sick of them.

2) Don't avoid them too long because tight clothes can feel horrible.

Childbirth Class

If you haven't had an early pregnancy class - try to find one before it is too late. This is a great way to learn a few things, but more importantly get involved with other pregnant women and learn the parenting scene where you live.

You will also want to start thinking ahead to childbirth class. These book really early in some places, so get it on your calendar now.


And not to leave anyone out - your partner may have some special needs too. This can be a confusing time, but as your belly begins to swell, it can be more real for them.

Fun Stuff

Enjoy some fun things with these quizzes. Feeling a bit big? Maybe it's twins. Can't wait to find out if you're having a girl or a boy? Need some help or ammunition for your baby's name?

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