Most women find the 2nd trimester of pregnancy to be easier than the 1st trimester, but it is important to stay informed about your pregnancy. By the 26th week, your baby will weigh almost 2 1/2 pounds and be about 23cm long. With this growth comes the development of your baby’s features, including fingers, toes, eyelashes and eyebrows.
The second trimester of your pregnancy causes more noticeable changes to your body, relief to problems caused in the first trimester, new changes, and more exciting experiences. Morning sickness, fatigue, and many other things that might have bothered you during the first 3 months might disappear as your body adapts to the growing baby. Your abdomen will expand as you gain weight and the baby continues to grow. Before this trimester is over, you will feel your baby beginning to move. Most women feel movements before 22 completed weeks.
You should be gaining about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds per week during the 2nd trimester. With this weight gain, you might notice that your posture has changed or that you are having backaches. Make sure to inform your doctor of any changes you might have noticed. During your visits your doctor will be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat, see the baby’s development and determine the baby’s age. You might be given several kinds of tests at this time, including ultrasound, which allows the doctor to see your baby and possibly even determine your baby’s sex. Other testing (amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, alpha-fetoprotein screening) includes ways to determine if the baby is healthy or if you are at risk for any complications and need to be more closely monitored. These tests help to determine the type of care you will be receiving for the rest of your pregnancy.