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what to expect during the second trimester of pregnancy

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The second trimester is often referred to as the ‘best’ stage of pregnancy as the nausea should have settled down, although you may have other symptoms such as a heightened sense of smell, food cravings, feeling hot and – if you’re lucky – thicker, healthier hair.

When things get real

One of the best things about this stage is that things start to get real. You’ll start ‘showing’, (time to invest in some new maternity clothes); you’ll have your anatomy scan at around 18-22 weeks, which is where you can see your baby’s features, and of course, this is the time where you’ll feel those first ‘kicks’.

‘I had a difficult first trimester, so around week 13 I really felt like I’d emerged from the fog. I felt more energised, more excited and will always remember lying on the sofa feeling those first kicks, which were kind of like a flutter,’ says Zoe, mother to four-year-old Arabella.

Preparing for the big day - focus on the basics

If you are feeling nervous, remember - there’s no need to have everything ready for your baby’s arrival just yet. If you want to start getting ahead of things, focus on the very basics. Your baby needs something to wear, somewhere to sleep, and something to keep them clean (read our essential baby starter kit for further guidance on this.)

And this is where WaterWipes can help - the world’s purest baby wipes, they contain 99.9% water and a drop of grapefruit seed extract, making them the only choice for newborn skin.

Remember, this isn’t necessarily going to be the ‘best’ trimester for you, or easy, so never be afraid to share how you’re feeling with your partner, family, friends or midwife. And if you are concerned about anything, always consult a healthcare professional.

References

  1. https://www.nhs.uk

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