Hello y’all 😀 I hope you all had a great day yesterday. I was totally exhausted yesterday and intended to catch a few winks before posting on the page. Those winks took me all the way to this morning! 😀 I missed y’all. I hope you did too.
Q: Hello Dr, what is there to expect in the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy? And at what stage should the baby make his first move or kick?. Actually, I had a still birth last year and I’m 20 weeks now.
A: Hello dear, condolences on the loss of your baby last year. I trust you are well recovered from the trauma of that. Congratulations on your new pregnancy!
Second trimester is the period between the 13th and 26th weeks of pregnancy. What do you expect during the second trimester? Well, usually, if you had had a traumatic first trimester with nausea and vomiting, this would usually ease up during the second trimester 😀 Unfortunately, this may not be the case in all women!
Different women feel the movement of their babies at different times. It usually ranges between the 16th and 25th week of pregnancy. Of course for pros, like women who have had babies before 😀 they recognize the movements earlier.
You may start to experience more back aches as the weight you have put on starts to take its toll. Be sure to sit up straight on chairs with proper back support to help with this. Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs will also help.
Your breasts are probably big enough to necessitate a bigger bra size. Be sure to get a comfortable and good support bra.
Heart burns, constipation and leg cramps are more frequent at this time too. Heart burns occur due to one of the hormones produced during pregnancy. For leg cramps, be sure to let your doctor know that you have these cramps, especially if they are not helped by applying a cold pack to it or stretching.
A thin milky discharge is normal during pregnancy and is seen during this period. But if this becomes yellow, greenish or foul smelling, please see your doctor.
You could also have haemorrhoids. These haemorrhoids develop when there is undue pressure in the pelvic and anal area as can occur in pregnancy (especially the last 6 months
Other symptoms that may become more common include bleeding gums, varicose veins and nose bleeds as you experience more blood flow due to the effect of pregnancy hormones. To guard against bleeding gums, use a soft-bristled brush during the pregnancy.
In the third trimester (from 27 weeks to 40 weeks), you continue to grow bigger 😀 Get yourself ready for baby by reading up on what to expect.
Be sure to look out for the red flags of pregnancy at any stage of the pregnancy though. For details of this red flags, please click on this link:https://chatwithdrketch.com/2013/10/26/baby-in-the-tummy-its-all-up-to-mummy-is-it/
For related posts, please click on this: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/10/19/daily-health-tips-how-soon-after-pregnancy-does-a-baby-start-moving/
Have a great day, y’all and a happy celebration to the Muslims 😀