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We Have Listed The Most Common Second Semester Pregnancy Symptoms

Are you pregnant? Congratulations! You have just embarked on what is clearly and without the shadow of a doubt the most amazing and wondrous and memorable journey of your life. Now, that all may sound like a bunch of tired cliches, but the truth is, in a matter of months you will be looking back on these times and smiling.

the pesky morning sickness

For the time being, however, know that it is absolutely normal to be feeling confused, anxious or even scared. Most first-time mothers worry about a lot of things?and most of them worry unnecessarily, but that is beside the point.

Beyond the emotional and psychological aspects of pregnancy-related anxiety, there are also several very tangible and pragmatic reasons to worry, question and wonder. Is your pregnancy evolving the way it’s supposed to be? Is the fetus developing the right way ? the way your doctor and pregnancy handbook and mother say it’s supposed to?

If you are nearing your second semester of pregnancy, you definitely have loads of questions on pregnancy symptoms. For your convenience, we have listed the most common such symptoms below. You do need to remember two key aspects, however.

If you find you have reason for concern, always take the matter up with your personal physician. And, of course, remember that, just like no two women are biologically and physiologically identical, neither are two pregnancy experiences.

You will be happy to learn that during weeks eighteen through twenty-eight of your pregnancy, the pesky morning sickness will fade away, subside and eventually disappear altogether. As a matter of fact, most women recall feeling at their most elated and energized during the second semester.

You, too, are likely to feel much better than during the first seventeen weeks of pregnancy. You will have substantially increased energy reserves, a sign your body has partially adapted to carrying the fetus.

This is also the period of time when you will first start to feel the baby develop. Remember, however, that not all women feel the baby move by weeks 19 to 21, i.e. during the second semester. For some expectant mothers, this only happens further down the line, during the third semester.

The second semester is the time when most women begin to put on pregnancy-related weight. A reasonable amount of weight gain is normal and desirable, by some medical accounts. However, consult with your dietician, nutritionist or general practitioner for sound advice on how your diet needs to adapt to the demands of pregnancy on your organism.

Your belly will also increase in size, due to the expansion of the uterus, the organ which is currently home to your baby. Don’t worry if your belly appears to have grown to an abnormally large size. The uterus can grow up to twenty times larger during pregnancy.

Lots of wonderful things will be happening inside your body at this time. For one thing, as the ultrasound will show you, the baby will develop recognizably human features, which is to say that it will literally grow a face. Their insulin-producing and urinary systems will also start to function independently and your placenta will become fully functional.