Second Trimester: Time for a lot of Fetal Growth

The second trimester is the time for a lot of growth in the fetus. The likelihood of miscarriage has dropped almost out of the picture and the possibility of premature labor has not really started peeking over the horizon. This trimester is usually marked by an improved sense of well-being, less fatigue, more energy, much less nausea and vomiting, and a real sense of the baby growing, particularly when fetal movement is more noticeable. Fetal movement can be picked up by a transabdominal ultrasound as early as about 7—8 weeks; but you may not notice any movement until about 16 to 18 weeks of pregnancy, sometimes later. Some women actually feel the baby move as early as 12 to 14 weeks, and others do not feel the baby move until after 20 weeks. Initially, the movement feels like a little fluttering in the lower abdomen–like a butterfly——and then as time goes by, the movements get stronger and more noticeable. But, once you have felt it move, then you should feel it move every day, and the pregnancy becomes more real to you. If you do not feel the baby move in 24 hours–particularly after you have been feeling movement regularly–then you should let your doctor know that there has been decreased movement, or no movement. There are more changes occurring in the body, and you will notice that the breasts will get bigger as there is more fat deposited in the breasts and the milk glands increase in size and number. Some women notice leakage of fluid from their nipples before the baby is delivered. The fluid may be clear or even have a milky sort of appearance to it. It is not unusual for this to happen and so you should not worry about it.  If you notice a bloody secretion or greenish secretion or even a brownish secretion from the nipple, then this is something that you need to report to your doctor…

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