Second trimester (13 weeks to 25 weeks)
During the second trimester of your pregnancy you will begin to feel more like you did before you were pregnant. During this time your baby will be growing at a very fast pace and soon you will feel baby kick and roll. Some of the important things to know or do during this time include:
- You will notice your body’s shape and size change. These changes may make you feel more physical discomforts as the trimester progresses. Some common discomforts include backache, constipation, indigestion and heartburn, stretch marks, swelling in your feet, ankles or legs, etc.
- Keep an eye out for signs and symptoms of preterm labour.
- If you are unsure about what you are feeling, contact your healthcare provider or call the Birth Unit at 613-721-2000, ext. 2127.
- Some things you should be trying to do include eating properly; try to quit smoking; get plenty of rest; reduce stress; avoid very physical work; and avoid intense exercise.
- Visit your healthcare provider regularly. During this trimester you will most likely see you health care provider every 4 weeks.
- During this time you will need to have a gestational diabetes blood test.