Congratulations on making it to the second trimester! That early fatigue and nausea may be subsiding but there are new second trimester symptoms that will spring up to take their place. Learn about the common 2nd trimester symptoms you may experience and some tips for fighting them, as much as you can.
It’s also a great time for beginning to really connect with your baby and start planning for the months ahead! Enjoy it as it’s likely the most “comfortable” part of your pregnancy.
None of the information in this post or on this website should be used in place of medical advice. These are simply my opinions and insights based on experience and research.
Second trimester pregnancy symptoms
1. Feeling not pregnant
A frequent question I see in mom groups around the second trimester and women worried because they “don’t really feel pregnant today”. It’s common in the second trimester to feel pretty good some days. The nausea generally subsides and energy returns.
Depending on your body you may not even have much of a bump yet. This is perfectly normal. Soon you’ll start to feel flutters that will assure you that you are pregnant.
2. Aches and pains
As your baby and body grow, especially during the later part of the second trimester, you may begin to feel aches and pains. You may get round ligament pain in your pelvic region or the sides of your abdomen. These are ligaments moving and stretching to make room for your baby. They can especially strike when you sneeze, cough, or get up too fast.
You may also experience back pain, hip pain, or sciatica issues. These are all common problems for pregnant women. A heating pad or belly support belt may help alleviate some of the pain.
Check out more options to help make you more comfortable in my post 7 Amazing Pregnancy Must Haves.
3. Lightning crotch
Lightning crotch is the lovely condition in which you feel like someone hit you in the vagina or zapped you with lightning. The feeling can come on at any time but generally doesn’t last long. Though it’s short-lived it’s often intense enough to stop you in your tracks.
It’s a mystery as to why exactly this happens. Resting or using a belly support band may help to decrease the symptoms some. You are more likely to experience this symptom as you get farther along in your pregnancy and the baby moves and kicks more.
Your blood flow and blood pressure may change as your body adjusts to growing a person. This can result in dizziness, lightheadedness, and even fainting.
Try to eat frequent meals and stay hydrated to keep your body happy. These spells are more likely to happen if you’re outside on a hot day or take an extra hot shower.
If you are feeling dizzy it may be a good idea to take a shower with someone nearby in case you feel faint.
5. Flutters (quickening)
It’s not all bad news in the second trimester! Depending on your body type and the location of your placenta you should start to feel flutters from your baby by about 20-21 weeks.
If it’s not your first pregnancy you will likely feel them earlier. If you have an anterior placenta, where your placenta is in the front, it may take longer for you to feel these movements and they may be fainter.
In the early days, it may feel like butterflies against your stomach, it may even tickle or feel like an itch. Enjoy these light touches, soon your baby will be kicking and hitting you on a constant basis.
6. Braxton hicks
Braxton Hicks can start in the first or third trimesters, but the second trimester is when they will start for most women. Not all women will experience Braxton Hicks contractions, I did not experience them during my first pregnancy and have yet to experience them in my second.
Also referred to as false labor they can feel like cramps and your stomach may get hard for a period of time. So long as they do not get closer together and there is no discharge or other problems they are nothing to worry about. Drinking water and resting can help them to subside.
7. Frequent urination
As your baby grows so may your urge to run to the bathroom. This may be better or worse depending on where your baby is positioned. You may also experience the dreaded sneeze pee. This never happened to me in my first pregnancy but it has happened with pregnancy #2. Kegels can help to reduce this issue.
As annoying as it may be to pee every 10 minutes, keep drinking that water, staying hydrated extremely important for you and baby and may keep other symptoms at bay.
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