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The second trimester starts from week 13 through to week 27 of your pregnancy. During this period, the baby grows larger and stronger and many women begin showing a larger belly. It is an interesting and exciting turning point for both the mother and fetus. The fetus has now developed all its organs and systems and will now focus on growing in size and weight.

During the second trimester, the umbilical cord continues to thicken as it carries nourishment to the fetus. From the start of the pregnancy caring for your health and the fetus is of utmost importance,  especially during the 2nd semester as harmful substances can pass through the umbilical cord to the fetus.  This it is best  care to avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other unhealthy substances.

Fetal Growth From 8 To 40 Weeks

By the end of the second trimester, the fetus will be about 13 to 16 inches long and weighs about 2 to 3 pounds. Fetal development during the second trimester includes the following

Changes in the mother’s body

The second trimester is the most physically enjoyable for most women. Morning sickness usually lessens by this time and the extreme tiredness and breast tenderness usually eases up.  These changes can be attributed to a decrease in levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone and an adjustment to the levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones.

The following is a list of changes and symptoms that may happen during the second trimester:

Pat yourself on the back, you have made it to the 2nd Trimester!

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