What to Expect in 13 to 28 Weeks of Pregnancy

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Pregnancy consists of 40 weeks approximately from your last menstrual period. The WHO (World Health Organization) says a normal delivery time to be between thirty seven and forty two weeks. Discussing about pregnancy each week becomes very easy by separating it into three different trimesters, each including three months. Second trimester of the pregnancy falls between 13 to 28 weeks. Majority of women feel more energetic during their second trimester, they start putting on weight and symptoms such as morning sickness and nausea start going away.

The uterus is the muscular part that is holding the fetus that is growing, it can stretch up to twenty times of its usual size during pregnancy. Many women feel quickening or the movement of fetus during the second trimester. This occurs normally in the fourth month that is 20th to 21st week and women who have been pregnant already once feel this during 19th week and some women don’t feel the movement of fetus until very late. The placenta gets completely functional during this time and it starts creating insulin and it urinates. The generating organs of the fetus can be differentiated as female or male. At this time, many women start to wear clothes made for maternity.

The second trimester of pregnancy is believed to be much easier compared to first. But women should be well aware of their pregnancy throughout their pregnancy. Symptoms like fatigue and nausea in a pregnant woman’s body. The abdomen begins to stretch as the baby starts to grow. At the end of this trimester, the movement of the baby can be felt. As the body changes itself to make room for the baby that is growing one may have to go through abdomen pain, back aches and more. Women also notice darkening around their nipples and many other changes in their body.

Some women find skin patches getting darker over nose, upper lip, forehead and cheeks called the melasma or pregnancy mask. There are also some cases where women having tingling or numb sensation in hands called as carpal tunnel syndrome.

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