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Welcome to your Second-Trimester. This is the period where you’re glad the morning sickness and fatigue’s slowly fading away and you feel like your old self again. This may very well be the most easy to handle period of the three. Now that you’re feeling much better, take this time to plan for the arrival of your baby. During this period, your baby is growing at a rapid speed. Soon, an ultrasound is to be done, and you’d also be able to know the sex of your baby. You’re halfway there now so let’s get started on the second-trimester woes you’ll be facing.
Backaches—Following the weight you’ve gained over the few months, your back will start to feel more pressure. Making it sore and difficult to manoeuvre as before. To soothe your back, it is advised to sit up straight and use a chair that provides good back support. When it comes to sleeping, try to sleep on your side with a pillow tucked between your legs. Do avoid any heavy-lifting when possible. Wear low-healed and comfortable shoes with a good arch support. If the pain gets unbearable, which will from time to time, you can use this time to treat yourself to a pregnancy massage.
Nasal Congestions and Nosebleeds—As you go through a series of hormonal changes, chances of your nose swelling are high and this can also lead to a stuffy nose that’ll make you snore at night. Do bear in mind that these changes may also cause your nose to bleed. However, do check with your doctor before using anything to rectify your nasal issues as they may be safer ways to clear nasal congestion during pregnancy. A pro tip is to invest in a humidifier to keep the surrounding air moist.
Frequent Urination—During the second-trimester, your uterus rises away from the pelvic cavity, giving you a brief break from having to go to the loo. Don’t get too comfortable just as yet as the urge will be back during the last trimester of your pregnancy. Enjoy the freedom from having to run to the loo every minute whilst you can.
Skin Changes—Ahhh, the aged old ‘pregnancy glow’. Whilst some women’s face appear flushed due to the changing hormone levels, others face get brown marks on the face (often called the ‘mask of pregnancy’) and a dark line (linea nigra) down the middle of the abdomen due to the increase in the pigment melanin. The good news is all this will go away once your baby is born. Another common change majority of pregnant women have to deal with is the appearance of stretch marks. Whilst it is possible to clear it, some choose to leave it to remind them of the beauty of pregnancy.
Spider Veins—Due to your circulation increasing to send extra blood to your growing baby, the excess blood flow can also cause tiny red veins, known as spider veins, to appear on your skin. Not to worry as these veins will eventually fade once your baby is born.