With only a few weeks left in your second trimester, you have come pretty far—but there’s still much to go. With all the buzz surrounding baby, don’t forget to take time for yourself and your partner. If you haven’t done so lately, make sure to squeeze in a date or two because personal time may be harder to grab after delivery.
Your baby is using these weeks to fine tune systems that have developed overall, and to pack on more body fat. Gaining weight at a rate of about ½ pound every week, your baby is growing steadily and practicing with muscles and movements that will sustain them outside the womb.
In previous weeks, your baby has completed the complex and delicate task of development. Complex networks of cells have formed tissue, organs and nerves that are essential to baby’s health and survival. Coming weeks will allow these networks to fine-tune their function as baby packs on weight at a rate of around ½ pound every week. Weighing in at just over 1 ½ pounds and 13 ½ inches long, your baby’s nostrils are open and his or her lungs are fully formed. While life outside your belly would not be ideal at this time, all systems are in place.
The baby’s senses are developing nicely as baby is able to distinguish between sweet and salty tastes. He or she can also make out sounds—including your voice, so don’t hesitate to talk to your little one.
Changes With Your Body
Some of the symptoms you may have had in previous weeks and considered to only be mild may intensify as your pregnancy progresses. Some of the most common difficulties experienced during this time include:
- Nasal stuffiness (thanks, hormones)
- Sleep difficulties from your growing belly
- Strange dreams
- Frequent urination
- Stretch marks
- Skin discoloration, tags or rashes
You may experience some trouble with dry eyes, or sensitivity to light. You can use artificial tears or drops approved by your optometrist if you wear glasses or contacts to help with symptoms.
What To Expect
Essentially, expect more of the same. As your baby grows in the coming weeks he or she will make his sleep cycles more clear and you will notice more clear-cut times of activity for your baby. Most women notice movement more at night or when they first lie down to sleep. Kicks and movements will become more forceful, and you may even be able to see your belly move as your baby does when you are still. Remember to share these moments with your partner, or those around you.
Listen to your doctor and follow his plan of care for you. If you have any complications—like gestational diabetes make sure you are following your physician’s recommendations for treatment to give your baby his or her best start at life.