Chapter 6

The Second Trimester

In This Chapter

arrow Taking a look at your baby’s development

arrow Looking — and feeling — like you’re going to have a baby

arrow Knowing when to be concerned

The second trimester, which encompasses the three months between weeks 13 and 26, is often the most enjoyable part of pregnancy. The feelings of nausea and fatigue so common during the first trimester are usually gone, and you feel more energetic and comfortable. The second trimester is a very exciting time because you can feel the baby moving within you and you’re finally starting to show. During the second trimester, blood tests, prenatal tests, and ultrasound (sonogram) can confirm that the baby is healthy and growing normally. And many women find they can finally grasp the concept that they’ll soon be having a baby. The second trimester is often the time you start sharing the exciting news with family, friends, and co-workers.

Discovering How Your Baby Is Developing

Your baby grows rapidly during the second trimester, as you can see in Figure 6-1. The fetus measures about 3 inches (8 centimeters) long at 13 weeks. By 26 weeks, it’s about 14 inches (35 centimeters) and weighs about 2¼ pounds (1,022 grams). ...

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