The second trimester is often called the “golden trimester” because it’s considered by many women to be the best trimester. You’ll probably stop getting morning sickness during the first few weeks of the second trimester, and you’ll feel less fatigued. And, since there will be less pressure on your bladder, you won’t have to use the bathroom as frequently. Plus, the second trimester is when babies often begin kicking, and you can find out the gender!
If you’re wondering when does the second trimester start, it begins at about the fourteenth week of your pregnancy, and it goes to the twenty-seventh week. By the end of the second trimester, your baby will be about the size of a cauliflower, and he or she will weigh about two pounds. Because the baby is getting so big, your bump will begin visibly showing, meaning that it’s time to break out the maternity clothes.
While your second trimester may be easier than your first, there are a few things to watch out for. As your belly grows, sleeping may become more uncomfortable. Try to sleep on your side—sleeping on your back can cause pressure on your heart, making you dizzy and possibly lowering your blood pressure. You may also start getting leg cramps. To help with those, do stretches before bed, and massage your legs.
During the second trimester, try to add about 300 additional calories to your diet. It’s a good idea to use these calories on pregnancy superfoods, like protein-packed eggs, yogurt and lean beef. Also, try to eat foods that contain a high amount of folic acid, including spinach, whole grains, citrus fruits and beans.
The second trimester is an exciting time where you can see and feel your baby begin to grow. Now is also a great time to start prepping for baby’s arrival, like shopping for birth announcements and having a baby shower. Enjoy the golden period, and begin preparing for the third and final trimester!