Second Trimester

Second Trimester, 13-27 weeks

Most women will say this is the best time in the pregnancy. Morning sickness usually retreats, and your baby bump is not at its peak. It is during this time that you will begin to feel your child moving inside your womb! However, even this period has its own problems.

What is that sharp pain?

As your uterus continues to grow out of the pelvis you may notice a brief, sharp pain that radiates to your groin. This is usually triggered by changing directions for example, rolling over in bed, turning suddenly or standing quickly. Your uterus has a round ligament on either side that holds it in place. As your child grows, these sudden changes can pull on that ligament. As long as the pain is brief, not too intense and does not come and go in regular intervals, it is normal. Place your hand on your abdomen when rolling over or standing up. Also, it is best to avoid sudden twisting motions.

Why is my belly getting hard off and on?

Your uterus might start contracting to build strength for the big job ahead. You might feel these warm-ups, called Braxton Hicks contractions or false labor, in your lower abdomen and groin. They are usually weak and come and go unpredictably. Contact your physician if the contractions become painful or regular. This could be a sign of preterm labor.

What are all these dark spots?

As the number of pigment-bearing cells in your skin increases, you might notice dark spots on your breasts or inner thighs. The dark area around your nipples, the areola may be considerably darker. You might also see a faint, dark line down your abdomen (linea nigra). Dark patches (melasma) might appear on your face as well. Sun exposure can aggravate these issues. When you are outdoors be sure to use plenty of sunscreen. These changes will most likely resolve some time after delivery.

Why am I having discharge?

You might notice a thin, white or creamy vaginal discharge. This acidic discharge is to help suppress the growth of potentially harmful bacteria or yeast. You will want to wear panty liners for comfort. However, if the discharge becomes strong smelling, green or yellowish, or is accompanied by redness, itching or irritation, inform your physician. This could indicate a vaginal infection.