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The Happy Middle Months : The 2nd Trimester

Weeks 13 to 28 : This is the best part of pregnancy for most women..

The nausea and fatigue of the First Trimester are over.  You may have gotten used to the idea that a baby is growing inside.  You’ve made a few – maybe a very few – lifestyle changes and you feel good about that.  You may have told others about the pregnancy and this helps you to adjust to this new identity.

 

Tasks:

  • Pregnant women tend to spend a lot of time in the Second Trimester thinking about the baby (some call it daydreaming, or processing, or meditating), wondering what s/he will be like and how it will feel to be a parent.  Use that motivation to learn right now about baby care, infant development and breastfeeding.  Some good books include, The Baby Book by William & Martha Sears and Breastfeeding Made Simple by Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett & Nancy Mohrbacher.

  • Your care-provider will offer you the option of having an ultrasound scan around 18-20 weeks and a test for gestational diabetes around week 25.

  • Your care-provider will screen you for Rh negative blood type and offer you a RhoGam shot at week 28 if you are Rh negative.

  • By week 30, your care-provider will want to see you every 2-3 weeks.

  • You’re getting to know your care-provider and developing a relationship with him or her.  Keep a list of questions to ask at your monthly appointments.  It’s so easy to forget.

  • In BC, ultrasound technicians are forbidden by law to identify the baby’s sex.  If you want to know your baby’s sex, you’ll have to arrange for a private ultrasound scan.

  • Register for Prenatal Childbirth Preparation Classes.  It’s best to take these in the Third Trimester, but you have to schedule them and register for them now or the class you want may not be available.

  • Consider having a doula at your birth.  A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides physical, informational and emotional support and helps parents to have an easier and more positive childbirth experience.  You can learn more by clicking here.

  • As the nausea starts to go away, experiment with new, nutritious foods.  You may feel hungry in a way you have not experienced before.

  • Plan for your maternity leave.  Tell your employer about your pregnancy, if you haven’t yet – you must give your employer 4 weeks notice before you start your maternity leave.  You will also want to look into Employment Insurance coverage for your maternity and parental leave.

  • Keep up with regular physical activity.  As you get bigger around the middle, you may feel a little awkward in your regular classes and decide to join a pregnancy yoga, fitness or aquafit class.  Or not!  The best way to get exercise is to do what you love in an environment you feel comfortable with.  Don’t let anyone else tell you where that should be.

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Continue on to…

The 3rd Trimester : The Last Months of Pregnancy

The extra Trimester : Those First Three Months With The Baby

Or refer back to…

An Introduction to The 5 Trimesters

The 0th Trimester : Planning To Get Pregnant

The 1st Trimester : The First Three Months of Pregnancy