Every pregnancy is different, but there are specific symptoms that most women can expect to experience at various stages. The first trimester typically goes by quickly because, for at least a portion of it, many moms-to-be do not even know they are pregnant. The second trimester, which is from weeks 13 to 28, is another story. Below, the caring OB-GYN professionals from Advanced OB-GYN Services in St. Peters and Bridgeton, MO, explain what to expect at this point in your pregnancy.
Common Complaints & Symptoms
For most women, the symptoms they experienced during the first trimester—nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and mood swings—diminish or subside. Instead, one of the most common complaints during the second trimester is the weight gain and all that accompanies a growing belly.
At this point in the pregnancy, your breasts will not be as swollen and sore; however, they will continue to grow as the result of enlarged milk glands. You will also have to start wearing maternity clothes, and you may begin developing stretch marks on your stomach and breasts. Other common complaints include leg and back pain, swollen ankles, and heartburn.
What You Should Know
Most women feel fetal movement at around 18 weeks of gestation. Because the fetus grows so much during the second trimester, you will see and feel a lot of physical changes, especially in your torso and pelvic area. Everything from back pain to colostrum discharge is normal at this time, but if something does not feel right, you should schedule an appointment with your OB-GYN as soon as possible.
If you are pregnant and you want a doctor who is both warm and professional, turn to Advanced OB-GYN Services. They offer cutting-edge services procedures, as well as gynecological exams and ultrasounds. To learn more about the prenatal care they provide, visit their website. Call (314) 291-2140 to make an appointment in Bridgeton, or (636) 928-1800 to talk to an OB-GYN in St. Peters.