Welcome to your second trimester – weeks 13 to 26 of your pregnancy. For many women, the second trimester is known as the "feel good" trimester. You may regain your energy and your appetite. You may also be starting to show, making the pregnancy seem more real.
Your Baby Right Now
Your baby is changing rapidly now. During the second trimester, his eyebrows and eyelashes grow and hearing begins to function. Once his eyes open he will even start to observe the inside of the womb.
Some of the highlights include:
- Week 14: He is about 4 ½ inches from head to toe.
- Week 18-22: Your baby is very active now. You may begin to feel movements.
- Week 20: In the middle of the second trimester, your baby's gender can be determined by an ultrasound.
- Week 22: He weighs nearly one pound and measures about 10 ½ inches from head to toe.
- Week 26: He measures about 13 inches from head to toe and weighs
about 2 ¼ pounds. He is capable of responding to touch and sound.
Being informed eases anxiety. Woman's has everything you need to know, including childbirth and baby care classes to help you prepare, including:
Most women will need to buy maternity clothes during the second trimester, when your regular clothes become uncomfortable. Consider only buying a few items at first and then more as your belly continues to grow.
Whether or not you choose to hire a doula is a personal decision. A doula offers support, encouragement and information during labor and delivery. Many women find it helpful to have a doula, especially if this will be your first delivery.
Consider only buying a few items at first and then more as your belly continues to grow. Remember that you will only be wearing certain items for a month or two, so try to borrow from friends whenever possible. Also consider shopping at consignment stores, where you can find nicer items for a fraction of the cost.
You will want to buy the same items that you normally wear on a daily basis. For example, you will probably want a good pair of jeans, t-shirts, a pair of dress pants, and a dress. Buy basic items that you can mix and match to maximize your wardrobe.
An ultrasound (or sonogram) can be done as needed per your doctor's orders and is generally performed for all pregnant women around 20 weeks into her pregnancy. During this ultrasound, the doctor will confirm the healthy and growth of your baby and measure his heartbeat and movement of his body, arms and legs. The baby's gender can also be revealed with an ultrasound starting around 20 weeks.
Your physician's office may also perform a 3D ultrasound between 24 and 32 weeks to provide a three-dimensional image of your baby.