At this stage, you have reached the middle of your pregnancy – that was pretty fast, right? Many women have just become accustomed to changes of pregnancy when half of the pregnancy has already passed. For most women, the second trimester is the most pleasant of the three. The nausea disappears, a cute baby belly bump shows and the first movements of your baby stir.
What is coming up in this time?
During the second trimester, you may be concerned with the choice of birth place and the question of check-ups. The precautionary measures can be taken by a gynecologist or a midwife. A preventive midwife comes to your home and can perform all examinations and tests except for the ultrasound examination.
Ultrasounds are often routine and it’s a wonderful way to see your baby already. Also, remember that ultrasound scans can stress the baby so it’s much more important for you to develop confidence in your body and your baby. Pay close attention to your body. This way, you strengthen your self-confidence and bond with your baby even before birth. You often have your choice of birthplace between hospitals, birth houses or a home birth. Your birthplace should be chosen according to proximity as well as feeling well-cared for and safe. This is different for every woman – some only find a sense of security in a hospital while others prefer a homebirth as independent and safe. Where you will have your birth is a choice that you need to make involving your doctors, midwife, doula, partner and your own research. In many countries, a midwife or doula is present to help a mother during pregnancy and birth. This choice is steadily increasing, though the majority of women choose to set an appointment with their doctor at the nearest hospital.
Pregnancy brings many choices and it becomes clear that being a mother is a whole new responsibility. Everything you do from now on affects not only you, but also your child and the child’s father.
But that should not stop you from enjoying this beautiful time watching your belly and caring for you. Documenting your pregnancy with photos and a journal can be both helpful as well as commemorative and nostalgic. Do you have girlfriends you can talk to? It is also delightful to have a circle of friends who have already experienced pregnancy or are also experiencing it with you.
In the meantime, all the child’s organs have been formed and will become larger and more differentiated. The baby is now growing fast and gaining weight which means your belly is growing bigger and faster. As your belly grows, the abdominal organs are increasingly displaced – which provides many women with digestive issues such as constipation or heartburn. Regular, small meals can provide relief, as well as sufficient hydration.
The placenta, which now supplies the baby completely, is now fully mature and can form the pregnancy hormones themselves. This change in placenta may also manifest symptoms in mother’s body, like an increased heart rate due to increased blood volume. No need for concern here — this is completely harmless.
In some women, the mammary gland in the 2nd trimester already begins to produce premilk (colostrum) and the breasts begin to swell.
Medicinal Herbs in the 2nd Trimester
Since your baby now takes up much more space, the connective tissue and the skin around it starts to stretch. Stretch marks may not be completely spared, but good care and frequent massaging of the skin can help mitigate the appearance of streaks. A regular abdominal massage strengthens the contact with the child which is why we designed the Smooth & Firm body oil with argan oil and wild rose.
Our Mommy to Be tea is the perfect, sunny companion for every day of this pregnancy. A light tea with many flowers that makes you happy and prevents water retention with horseradish and balm. Lady’s mantle continues to provide hormonal support and protects against emotional imbalance.
Written by Women’s Health Expert Hannah