Most moms find that the second trimester is much easier, both physically and emotionally, than the first trimester. The major physical adjustments may have been traumatic, but the effects are less now. If you know what to expect, you can better prepare for it and take advantage of your increased energy level.
One replacement for nausea in the second trimester is off and on headaches. You may also experience dizziness or faintness with these headaches. Your doctor may advise the use of medications or dietary restrictions to manage these during your second trimester.
If you're working from home, make sure you take frequent breaks rather than work on the computer all day. Adjust your computer display so that it's not too bright or too dull, to lessen the number of headaches. You may also have to adjust your working hours to compensate for your headaches or dizziness, such as breaking them up and working for one or two hours at a time.
The joy that you'll feel from feeling your baby move will overcome many of the physical changes you'll experience during your second trimester. Your baby may begin to kick and move around during the fourth month, although some babies start a bit later. Sometimes, your baby will move all the time and then seem to not move at all. You'll notice more movement when you're resting at night or early in the morning.
You may experience what feels like contractions at some point during your second trimester. These are not real contractions and are referred to as Braxton-Hicks contractions. They can continue through to the third trimester, but you'll know the difference between this and real contractions, because Braxton-Hicks contractions last for only a minute. Regular contractions can last longer and will occur within minutes of the last one.
These "practice" contractions are also not painful, whereas a regular contraction can be. The best way to know the difference is to time them and follow your health professional's guidelines as to when to call them.
Muscle Cramps and Tingling
You may start to experience muscle cramps, numbness or tingling in your legs and feet. This is normal in the second trimester. It's not normal for numbness to persist, though. You need to contact your doctor if your legs remain numb for a long period of time. You can also help your muscle cramps by stretching them. Point your toes toward you head and stretch your legs at the same time. This will help to lessen the cramps.
These are notorious for appearing in the second trimester. Varicose veins are the ones on your legs that can become enlarged during pregnancy, mainly in the thighs and calves. The best way to avoid them is to stop standing for long periods. Rest with your legs propped up instead. This will get blood circulating in your legs, which will make the veins go down.
Now that you know some things to expect during your second trimester, you can take action to maximize your time and energy during those three months. If you plan right, you could take care of most of what you'll need done prior to the arrival of your new baby.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.