What to expect during your second trimester:
- Backache. You have gained weight in the last few months, and it is starting to put pressure on your back. Do not pick up anything heavy. Wear comfy shoes and sit in chairs with back support.
- Bleeding gums. About half of pregnant women get swollen, sore gums. Try brushing with a softer toothbrush and be gentle when you floss. Keeping your gums healthy will help you have a healthier baby.
- Breast enlargement. Your breasts will not be as sore as they were before, but they are still growing. You might also see stretch marks on your abdomen, breasts, or thighs.
- Nosebleeds and stuffy nose. The changes in your body might make your nose stuffy and may make you snore at night. You also might get more nosebleeds. Try using a humidifier at night to keep your nose from getting too dry.
- Linea nigra. A line might form on your skin running from your belly button to the pubic hairline.
- Headache. Many pregnant women complain of headaches. Try to rest a lot and relax when possible. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen while you are pregnant.
- Quickening. By week 20 of your pregnancy, you might start to feel your baby move. If you don’t, it’s okay; some women do not feel it until their sixth month of pregnancy.
- Weight gain. Your morning sickness is probably over by now, so you’re starting to eat again. Remember you only need 300-500 more calories per day, so even though you need to eat more do not eat too much.