Enjoy to the core -The Second Trimester of Pregnancy Part 1 #Atozchallenge

Bloom up Your Motherhood with A to Z Guide to Pregnancy

With the start of Second Trimester of your pregnancy, You will feel more energized. As the first-trimester symptoms are mostly subsided or even disappear, You will notice some Welcoming changes. This period start from is from 13th week and remain till 28 weeks.

The Second Trimester is most fruitful part of pregnancy. You’ll regain your lost energy and it’s time to plan for baby’s arrival.  It’s also the time when your baby is growing quickly and You’ll start to feel the baby’s first movements.

The Subjective symptoms during the Second trimester of pregnancy ( 13-28 weeks or 4-6 months ) 

Subjective symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and frequency of micturition usually subside while the Amenorrhea continues.
The new features that appear during the Second Trimester of Pregnancy are:


Quickening ( or feeling of life called to kick off the baby as in Aamir Khan 3 idiots ) denotes the perception of active fetal movements by the women. It is usually felt about the 18th week ( about 2 weeks earlier in multiparae)

Change in Body shape

Progressive enlargement of the lower abdomen by the growing uterus. You will see belly growth and feels excited about your baby.

Fetal Heart Sound (F.H.S.)

It is the most conclusive clinical sign that appears during this trimester. It resembles the tick of the watch under the pillow. The rate varies from 110-160 per minute.

Appearance of Low Back Pain

Due to increase in your weight during this period, You may have Backache. Try to Sit straight with good support. Put a pillow in between your legs while sleeping.

Cramps in legs

Apart from the change in hormones and weight gain, an increase of calcium requirement leads to muscular cramps. Eat a diet rich in calcium.

Weight gain

Symptoms like dizziness, nausea, and vomiting subside and your appetite return to normal. During the Second Trimester, you need about an extra 300 to 500 calories a day. You should be gaining around 1/2 kg body weight every week.


  • DISCLAIMER: The content in this post is purely meant for educational purpose only and not to be substituted for professional medical advice.
  • Reference- D.C Dutta textbook of obstetrics.

22 Replies to “Enjoy to the core -The Second Trimester of Pregnancy Part 1 #Atozchallenge”

  1. I felt the quickening from 20th week and loved it at first till my son started turning inside and i started feeling like a washing machine!! Very informative Bushra

    1. Washing Machine ūüėÄ ūüėÄ

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  2. During my second pregnancy started feeling the movements way earlier(maybe 14 weeks). My kid is definitely going to be a gymnast with all the somersaults going on!
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  3. This is interesting.

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  4. Wow! Overwhelming information.

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  5. Hey Bushra, these short guides will be the reliable source for many.

    1. I have told her the same and now I’m replying on comments instead of commenting my own because I don’t know what to comment and yet, I want her to keep doing this! ūüėÄ

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  6. Some useful info here. Made me remember my pregnancy period. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. A very useful series Dr.Bushra.Many women will be helped by this information.

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  8. Such a handy guide you are putting together Bushra. Do publish it. All the best.

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  9. Wow this is very informative. Thanks for sharing with us

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  10. The Cramps in legs! Oops I used to get so much of them

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