Second Trimester

Pregnancy Honeymoon
2nd Trimester: Weeks 13 through 27

Your baby will grow quickly during the second trimester of your pregnancy. The next three months will likely be the best months of your pregnancy as you have more energy and will start to feel your baby move for the first time. Here's more on what to expect in the second trimester of your pregnancy.

Your Body:
  • Your pregnancy is beginning to show. You may gain 1-2 pounds a week.
  • Your breasts grow larger, softer and the veins start to show. Clear, white fluid, called colostrum, may leak from your breasts.
  • You may have trouble concentrating, but may be less tired and have more energy.
  • You feel hungry more often and you may have food cravings. Healthy food choices will benefit you and your baby.
  • You may have heartburn after eating heavy, greasy or spicy food.
  • You may feel muscles of the uterus tighten and relax. These are called Braxton Hicks Contractions and are preparing you for labor. Call the doctor if you have four or more contractions in one hour.
  • You should continue to take vitamins every day and see your doctor about three times during this trimester.
Your Baby:
  • Your baby will triple in length during this time and grow from the size of a peach to the size of an eggplant.
  • Your baby will begin to move a lot and can kick, cry and hiccup.
  • Your baby can begin to hear sounds within the uterus.
  • The eyes are almost developed and the eyelids can open and close.
  • The sex of your baby can be clearly seen on an ultrasound during this trimester.