Good news! You’re well into your pregnancy by the second trimester! You would have experienced many classic symptoms such as morning sickness and fatigue by now. You should also continue to go for scans and tests in the second trimester to make sure that your foetus is growing healthily. Your growing baby and body would also need more nutrients by the second trimester. You can read up on all the information you need to survive the second trimester right here in this section!
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Welcome to the second trimester of your pregnancy! Our week by week guide will be your companion as your baby bump starts to become more visible and your body experiences new changes.
Thinking about bodily changes during pregnancy is common to all pregnant women. But about belly button changes? This is a body part that most of us rarely think about. However, it does go through some changes during pregnancy.
Prenatal Pilates can help to improve flexibility while pregnant and also prepare your body for labour and delivery. Here's how..
Being pregnant does not have to mean you are a fashion mishap. Dressing your bump is fun! We put together a must-have list of essentials for your pregnancy wardrobe.
Doctors recommend that you exercise lightly while pregnant to stay in shape and to make delivery easier. Here are 6 things not to do when exercising while pregnant.
About two to five percent of babies are both with some type of birth defect. While small, it's a scary percentage for expecting mothers. Dr. Tony Tan, a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Raffles Women’s Centre credits the defects to something unfortunately out of anyone's control.
"[They] may be due to chromosomal abnormality, genetic disease or structural abnormality in the baby," he says.
For this reason, medical experts say it's important for women of all ages, not…
Iron deficiency anemia is a condition which affects pregnant women. Find out how you can avoid it and what you can do to help overcome it. Learn which foods are a good source of iron.
Pregnancy sleep can be difficult to master. Each trimester has its own set of challenges. Here are some useful tips for getting better pregnancy sleep.
As an expectant mum, it is perfectly normal to have concerns. If you're thinking about travelling, read through eight of the most commonly asked questions regarding travelling when pregnant.
Do you find yourself needing the loo more now you are expecting? Is it normal to urinate all the time when pregnant? We explore this common side effect of pregnancy.
Learning the miracles of pregnancy is amazing. There are so many things that are unknown and will probably never be discovered. It is truly a wonder for a woman to be able to carry a child.
What happens when you're 20 weeks pregnant? Learn about bodily changes, milestones and fetal development now that you're 20 weeks pregnant.
What happens when you're 28 weeks pregnant? Learn about bodily changes, milestones and fetal development now that you're 28 weeks pregnant.
What happens when you're 27 weeks pregnant? You are in your third trimester, learn about bodily changes, pregnancy milestones and fetal developments at this stage of your pregnancy.
Everyone is talking about the babymoon. That one final holiday together before two becomes three. Pregnancy can be stressful as you busily prepare your home for the arrival of your baby while still juggling the demands of daily life. A babymoon will be a welcome break.
What happens when you're 23 weeks pregnant? Learn about bodily changes, milestones and fetal development now that you're 23 weeks pregnant.
How your foetus is developing when you're 22 weeks pregnant:
After 21 weeks, your bundle of joy is now about 28 cm long now that you’re 22 weeks pregnant, and his skin will be less translucent than before. His nerve cells are also continuing to develop, and he may feel his face or anything he can get his hands on. Although his hair may have begun growing in week 15, some babies are born with little…
How your foetus is developing when you're 21 weeks pregnant:
After 20 weeks, your baby is now about 340g and has all the features and bodily functions of a human being but is so miniature, he can fit the palm of your hand! He also often hiccups, which is nature's way of getting your little bundle of joy to practice breathing! His baby fat will soon fill out his wrinkled skin, and he will experience a…
After week 18, sticky, wax-like coating called vernix now covers your little bundle’s skin. You should also start looking out for light kicks, or flutters - the first sign of your baby making his presence known!
How your foetus is developing when you're 19 weeks pregnant:
At about 14.2cm long and 240g, you're starting to be more alert for flutters coming from your stomach when you’re 19 weeks pregnant! This is because your precious one's nerve cells…
After 17 weeks pregnant, your baby's heartbeat can now be heard without the use of a prenatal stethoscope! Find out what else happens in your 18th week.
How your foetus is developing when you're 18 weeks pregnant:
When you’re 18 weeks pregnant, your baby is now around 12 - 14cm in length and weighs about 190g. His blood vessels will be partially visible through his still slightly translucent skin. And here comes the good news: his heartbeat can now…
After 15 weeks into your pregnancy, your baby can now detect light through his translucent eyelids! It’s also the time he begins to recognise voices.
How your foetus is developing during pregnancy week by week:
At 16 weeks, your baby is now the size of a grapefruit or avocado and his muscles are strengthening steadily, particularly his back muscles. Expect some discomfort when he stretches out his body! Although his head is still considerably larger than his…
In week 15, your tiny bundle finally starts shedding his downy “fur” and getting baby fat. Also, find out why expectant mummies are more susceptible to illnesses!
Your little one is finally starting to show in your growing baby bump! Find out how to handle the back aches and abdominal pains that come with it.
Congratulations! After you're 12th week, you've entered the second trimester of your pregnancy, and chances of miscarriage are significantly lower now that you’re 13 weeks pregnant. Here's a look at the progress your bundle of joy is making.
How your foetus is developing week by week when you’re 13 weeks pregnant:
[caption id="attachment_133116" align="aligncenter" width="393"] Mummy Genevieve shares her 13 week ultrasound[/caption]
Your little one now is now around the size of a lemon and has working kidneys…
While you are eager to find out if you are having a boy or a girl, the ultrasound can feel like a long wait. However, it is not very likely that the shape of your baby bump can be used as an accurate gender predictor.
During your second trimester, you are starting to show a slight baby bump. For many women, this is the best three months of being pregnant, when the new pregnancy fatigue starts to fade and the pesky morning sickness begins to subside. During these three months, your energy levels are on the rise, and you start to feel like your old self again.
It is during this trimester that the baby grows very quickly, and by now…
Pregnancy is a very exciting time, but even if you have anticipated the rapid growing changes in your body, suffering from hand pain and carpal tunnel syndrome probably wasn't one of them. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), is typically associated with people whose daily routine includes repetitive hand motions, like assembly workers, not vibrant mummies-to-be.
The truth of the matter is, pregnancy-induced CTS is different from the traditional syndrome you have come to know. When you experience…
You’ve heard that listening to music in the womb makes your baby smarter, so should you start broadcasting Mozart and Vivaldi round the clock? Well, while there are a lot of benefits to start playing music for your baby in the womb, it may not really work the way you think.
Can baby respond to music in the womb?
From around 19 weeks, your baby can hear the sounds around him, such as the sound of your…
Latest researches have confirmed that almost one in 100 babies is born with a heart defect. This type of birth defect is known as congenital heart defect or CHD, in medical language. Unfortunately, in most of the cases, more than 50% of the babies with CHD require a serious surgical treatment. Learn more about heart defects in babies and how they occur.
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Acquired heart ailment
The heart is responsible for…
You've just learnt that you’re expecting, not one, but two (or more) babies — congratulations! Along with joy and excitement, you’re probably also experiencing a little nervousness about the idea of having multiple babies. It's okay – it would be unnatural if you weren't a little scared. The first question that comes to mind might be: How can I afford it? Well, while it’s true that multiple babies will cost you more money, it doesn't…
It's truly a miracle the way a woman's body adjusts and conforms not only to grow a baby inside her womb but also to provide a warm, nurturing environment over a nine-month period. The pregnant body goes through many unique changes at every step — some small and some much more noticeable. Regardless, every single process in the body adjusts to provide for two sets of lungs, hearts, brains and growing bodies. An expecting mother's…
Even women in good health can develop gestational diabetes, which is a form of diabetes that is caused by pregnancy. As part of your prenatal care, your glucose levels are monitored throughout your pregnancy and you will typically undergo glucose testing in your second trimester to test for diabetes. If you should test positive, there’s no need to panic as there are ways to manage gestational diabetes. Read on to find out what you should…
Down's syndrome is a condition due to a defect in the baby's chromosome. It is usually related to the age of the mother. The more elderly the pregnant mother is the higher the chances of delivering such baby. The baby usually has low mentality with a smaller head and sloping eyes (like those of Mongolian child). The nose is usually flat and the ears are set low. There may be abnormalities in the heart as…
During pregnancy your body will undergo some amazing changes. Increased hormones will cause your breasts to swell, your uterus to expand even your skin to break out. You'll deal with crazy cravings at 5 a.m. (think ice cream and pickles) and feel "too big" even though it's just your body's way of adapting. There's no need to stress or become anxious at the changes you experience — they're all apart of the process of carrying…