The 2nd Trimester Mommy Experience - Weeks 14-19
   

Considered to be the most comfortable of the three trimesters, the second trimester is usually when most of the annoying early pregnancy symptoms become a thing of the past and mothers get to enjoy greater energy levels. Take full advantage of this time to tweak and improve your diet and adopt a wholesome lifestyle that will promote a healthy, full-term pregnancy.
 
14th Week

As you enter the first week of your second trimester, you should start to notice an improvement in your overall situation as your hormone levels settle down. Morning sickness will ease up, bathroom trips will be less frequent, and you’ll feel less fatigued. Constipation, on the other hand, will still be a problem at this point so make sure to add lots of fibers to your diet. Changes to your chest this week include more dilated and noticeable veins, as well as darkening and larger areolas. If you’ve been waiting for that baby bump to show, you might get your wish this week as your growing uterus positions itself above your pubic bone and pushes your tummy out a bit.

15th Week

You’ve probably put on around 2.5kgs by now (it’s fine if you’ve gained a tad bit more or less than this figure), and your uterus will be gradually rising past your hipbones. A new pregnancy symptom that might be manifesting this week is nose stuffiness (also known as “rhinitis of pregnancy”) which develops as a result of both hormonal changes and an increase on the blood flow to your mucous membranes. Some women might even experience nosebleeds as the blood volume and the blood vessels in their nose increase and expand.
 
16th Week
 
Your blood volume will have increased by 40-50% by now, pushing your heart to work harder, which shouldn’t be a problem for a healthy heart. As your uterus grows, the ligaments supporting it will gradually stretch, causing some abdominal pain and achiness. If you’re pregnant with multiples, breast tenderness and nausea should be subsiding by now, your baby bump will certainly be apparent, and you might have to deal with swollen feet at the end of each day.

17th Week

Great news: there’s a chance that you might feel your baby move this week, so watch out for a fluttering sensation in your abdomen! Since your baby will be undergoing a growth spurt, your average weight gain by now should be 2.5-5kgs, and your uterus might be positioned 3-5cm below your belly button. As your belly grows your center of gravity will change, which means you might feel off balance from now on. Make sure to avoid dangerous situations where falling is a real risk, as trauma to the abdomen can be dangerous for the baby.

18th Week
 
Dizziness and lightheadedness are normal during this stage of pregnancy since your cardiovascular system will be undergoing dramatic changes, so make sure to get up slowly from a low sitting or lying position, and try lying on your side instead of on your back to reduce dizziness. If these symptoms occur often and become severe, make sure to visit your doctor as soon as possible to make sure everything is alright. Your appetite will be growing considerably around this week, so make sure you choose nutrient-rich meals and snacks that promote your health and that of your growing baby. Speaking of your growing baby, your uterus should be positioned just below your belly button by now.

19th Week

Due to a temporary increase in pigmentation, some women tend to develop dark patches on their faces as well as darkened nipples, underarms, inner thighs, scars, and linea nigra, which is the dark line extending from the belly button to the pubic bone. Hormone-related skin changes might also cause itchiness, dryness and rashes for some women around the face and stretched skin areas. If you’re worried about stretch marks, use lotions or oil to ease itchiness and dryness, and make sure to drink plenty of water and follow a healthy diet. It’s also common for women to experience brief or sharp pain on both sides of their lower abdomen when they change positions around this week, which occurs when ligaments supporting the uterus stretch under the uterus’s shifting weight. You needn’t worry about this unless the pain becomes too severe, in which case you should contact your doctor.