The first trimester of pregnancy is from conception through the end of the 12 week.
The second trimester starts from 13 weeks through the end of the 27th week
The third trimester of pregnancy extends from 28 weeks until delivery
At 13 weeks of pregnancy the top of your womb will be at your pubic bone and by the time you reach 20 weeks your womb will be at the level of your belly button and by the time you completer your second trimester of pregnancy it will be at half way from your belly button to the bottom of your ribs.
The placenta is also a living new organ you are growing along with your baby. The function of the placenta is to transfer nutrients, blood, baby growth hormones from your circulation to your little one. The placenta is also used to filter back used up waste products from your growing baby into your blood system to be excreted by you in your urine or feces. This is why it is extremely important for you to eat a good healthy diet and take adequate vitamins, minerals and antioxidants during the second trimester of pregnancy.
An excess in weight gain and this itself is challenge on your system. It is my observation in recent obstetrical care that many women are starting pregnancy overweight to some degree and it is challenging for most women to keep within the normal pregnancy weight gain guidelines.
If you have not already done a baseline prenatal blood draw to ensure you do not have any unknown medical condition or diseases please do so. At about 16 weeks of pregnancy you will have part two or a complete blood screening test to identify if you are at risk of having a congenital abnormality such as spina bifida, down's syndrome etc.
16 weeks is also the ideal time to have an amniocentesis test if it is indicated or desired to check the DNA of your baby for normality. This is the one test in pregnancy that I advise all my clients to make sure they get the results in a timely manner, because no matter how good your OBGYN provider is sometimes lab results go missing. An abnormal 2nd trimester screen or amnio results need to be addressed immediately so an action plan can be set in motion.
The optimal time for a second trimester ultrasound is anywhere between 18 to 20 weeks. This is the ultrasound that you may find out if you are having a boy or girl providing your little one is accommodating to staying still for the ultrasound technician to see all the baby parts.
Somewhere during the latter part of the second trimester of pregnancy you will be tested for gestational or pregnancy diabetic because pregnancy is a challenging condition on every organ of your body and some women are more challenged than others.
The most important piece of advice that I could give you during your second trimester of pregnancy is to bond, connect and communicate as much as you can with this incredible being that has chosen you out of all the mothers in the world to be his or mother. Enjoy your pregnancy, become very informed, because the more informed you are the better choices you are going to make. The better choices you make in your pregnancy then the probability is that you are going to have healthier baby and you feel better about your pregnancy experience. Learn More...
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