Second Trimester

Second Trimester Changes Explained

 
Aches and Pains
As your uterus and abdomen expand during the second trimester, you might feel pain in your abdomen, groin area, or thighs. You also might have backaches or aching near your pelvic bone from the pressure of the baby's head, your increased weight, and the loosening of joints in these areas. Lying down, resting, or applying heat can help resolve some of these aches and pains. If the pain does not get better after rest, it is best to call your doctor.
 
Shortness of Breath
As your baby gets bigger inside your body, there will be increased pressure on all of your organs, including your lungs. During this trimester, you might begin to notice that you are short of breath, or you might not be able to catch your breath. Try taking deep, long breaths, and try to maintain good posture so that your lungs have room to expand. You might be able to breathe more freely at night by using an extra pillow or by sleeping on your side.
 
If you sleep on your left side, you will relieve pressure on major blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the fetus. If you have high blood pressure, it is even more important to be on your left side when you are lying down.
 
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