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You have made it 13 weeks so far! Miscarriage rates drop from 50-75% in weeks 3-4 to 2-4 % in weeks 12-13. This is one of the main reasons families do not announce their pregnancy until the second trimester. So start thinking about how you want to tell the world your belly will be growing! I always felt that the 2nd trimester is an exciting and fun time during the pregnancy journey. You finally start to feel somewhat normal, you are getting used to your growing belly, and you begin to look pregnant instead of just bloated. Everyone is different, some mamas start to show right away, and others don’t really show until WAY later. Ignore people when they make comments; you know that they don’t think when they blurt out, “you are huge!” or “you sure don’t look pregnant.”
By week 12, typically, the morning sickness starts to subside, and you are beginning to get some of that much-needed energy back! But then the 2nd trimester comes around, and you have a whole new set of weird things going on.
FYI: After treating a yeast infection, treat yourself to new underwear. It is next to impossible to get the yeast out of clothes!
Have you heard the phrase, “the second trimester is the honeymoon phase”? It’s true! With changes in hormones and increased energy, you may feel extra frisky in the bedroom. Enjoy this time! Your partner will also! Around weeks 15, you may start to feel the baby move; as the baby grows, your partner will feel the movement; this is a special, intimate time that can create an amazing bond. Take advantage of the second trimester changes!
Typically, with healthy, low-risk pregnancies, prenatal appointments continue to be about every four weeks until the third trimester.
I never found out with my kids; it is the one surprise in life. My instincts were so strong with knowing my son was a boy that I didn’t even have a girl name picked out! Same with my daughter, I KNEW she was a girl. Yep, my instincts rained on my parade, by taking the fun out of the surprise!
Did you know that gum infection is associated with preterm labor? Yep!
Keep up on good oral hygiene, and schedule a routine dental exam before you get too uncomfortable to sit in that lovely dental chair!
Did you know that baby can hear you? By the end of the second trimester, the baby can listen to you and will start to recognize your voice. Sing to baby, read the baby a book, talk to them, have your partner speak to them, or sing.
This was one of my favorite times during pregnancy; I would take a bath and read baby books or sing to them.
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