For many pregnant women, the second trimester is regarded as the settling down period. Unlike the first and third trimesters, when your body is getting used to more drastic differences, your second trimester is when some normalcy is restored. You slowly get back your appetite, feel less nauseous, and regain energy. While you won’t feel under as much stress during your second trimester (with sickness in the first, and delivery on your mind in the third), but you will start to show. In the second trimester, expect your belly to grow and your clothes to stretch.
If you’re concluding your first trimester or have entered the second, these pregnancy tips from the Safe Birth Project will help smooth the transition.
Second Trimester and Exercise
Being pregnant should not be an excuse to quit the gym. If anything, the second trimester is a vital time to practice a wellness-focused lifestyle, so your body and baby stay healthy. Exercising regularly is one of the best pregnancy tips you can get. Exercising during your second trimester is a safe and smart way to utilize that newfound energy. It should be done at a moderate pace and as often as you can manage—barring any existing health issues.
You can exercise during your second trimester by walking, bicycling, and swimming, as well as weight training with small weights. Swimming is also a good aerobic workout that helps you feel lighter, keeps your body temperature steady, and supports your belly while working out.
More intense exercise such as contact sports, jogging, hiking, and horseback riding should be avoided throughout your second trimester. Another one of the pregnancy tips you might have heard is that you should avoid exercises that require you to lie on your back. You shouldn’t lie on your back at all during pregnancy not only due to the discomfort but also because it can cut off the circulation of major blood vessels, which is harmful to you and the baby.
Work your way up to 30 minutes a day for most days a week throughout your second trimester as you establish a firm routine. Also, hydrate as much as possible. The effects your body will go through during your second trimester, combined with the added physical exertion or exercise, can wear you out.
Second Trimester: Pregnancy and Sex
During the first trimester, you may feel nervous about sex since the pregnancy is so new. However, during the second trimester, you have a little more intimate leeway thanks to changing hormone levels as well as an increase in energy. It will also require you to be a little more creative, which may be a good thing.
If you are worried that having sex during your second trimester, or at any stage of your pregnancy, may endanger your baby and put it at risk of birth injury, don’t worry. When you seek pregnancy tips from your doctor, he or she may give you the green light for sexual activity during your second trimester, but with caution.
Your baby is protected within the amniotic fluid and sac, so the worry about a potential birth injury should be eased unless you have a high-risk pregnancy. Your doctor will advise on what is safe, and whether or not you are in a high-risk category where sex should be limited. You should also talk to your partner about how they feel. It’s important to seek pregnancy tips from your doctor but so is having an in-depth conversation with your significant other. Bring your partner to your next prenatal visit with your healthcare professional so you can establish the best course of action.
Dealing with Stretch Marks
Stretch marks seem inevitable during your pregnancy, and most women get them. During your second trimester, getting stretch marks becomes more likely as your belly gets bigger.
These marks occur when the fibers just beneath the skin’s surface break apart due to rapid weight gain. Before your second trimester, you should start moisturizing your belly, back, breasts, and hips as these are areas where stretch marks are more likely to appear.
Most pregnancy tips regarding stretch marks emphasize moisturizing so that the marks aren’t as obvious as your stomach continues expanding. During your second trimester, you might see some red lines appear despite your best efforts. Remember, 9 out of every 10 pregnant women get stretch marks, so it’s not uncommon, and it takes a longer time for them to fade on some women than others. Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy Nourishing Cream is safe to use in your second trimester and has been shown to significantly minimize scarring. It will take about a month before you see marked improvement while using the product.
Medications During Pregnancy
One of the biggest pregnancy tips stressed during your second trimester surrounds medication use. Some medications have toxins that can affect your baby’s health, leading to a congenital disability or birth injury due to a complicated delivery. If you have a cold during your second trimester, Robitussin and other over-the-counter cough syrups should be safe to take, while Sudafed is safe to take for a runny nose.
TUMS and Rolaids (calcium carbonate) are fine to take for heartburn; keep them by your bedside or in your purse, so you have them handy. If you’re suffering from constipation, use Dulcolax as an alternative to ease it if more natural pregnancy tips such as drinking water or eating prunes do not work. Docusate Sodium, such as Metamucil or Surfak, is also good for easing constipation during your second trimester.
Always consult your doctor before taking medications while pregnant.
Preventing Birth Injury in the Second Trimester
The Safe Birth Project emphasizes safe practices to prevent birth injury for your child because the second trimester is when you’ll experience the most rapid growth. Safe exercise and intimacy during your second trimester are possible and do not prevent your baby from forming naturally.
If you need a birth injury guide to help you stay safe and smart during your second trimester, or if you need legal case help to seek damages for your newborn with a birth injury, the Safe Birth Project can provide you with both. Contact the Safe Birth Project for any birth injury concerns.