Between 14 and 28 weeks, you’ll be in your second trimester, also called the “feel-good” trimester. This trimester is often accompanied by a burst of energy and a growing appetite.
You’ll have so many perks to look forward to.
Anatomy ultrasound: One of the biggest ones is the anatomy ultrasound, which happens around 20 weeks. This ultrasound is when you typically find out the sex of the baby, if you and your partner decide you want to know. This is a good time for a baby reveal. There are a ton of creative and fun ways to do a baby reveal. If you’re planning a fun baby reveal, send in your story, I’d love to hear how you do it.
Feeling baby move: One of the most exciting firsts is when you feel the baby move for the first time. If you’re feeling butterflies in your belly, it could be your baby kicking. Most moms experience this first between 16 and 20 weeks. Your baby is also starting to develop their hearing. This is the time you’ll want to start talking to the baby since they can hear all sorts of sounds outside the womb. Feel free to go ahead and sing, tell stories, and play music for your baby. Bonding with your baby during this time will be really important for you and your partner.
More energy: Now that you’re gaining energy, you can also start taking the opportunity to fit in some light exercise into your day. And since your baby bump will be starting to show, you might have fun picking out maternity clothes for the next few months.
Preparing/Nesting: The “feel-good” trimester is all about preparing for your baby while you have the energy. It’s a good time to check out the hospital and take a tour of the birthing center, where you will deliver, and even find your pediatrician. The earlier you get these details squared away, the less stress you’ll have as your due date approaches.
Testing: While the perks outweigh the pains, you do still have to do glucose testing for gestational diabetes. Typically, you drink the sugary drink and it tastes horrible, but it only takes a few minutes. There are other options out there such as the gummy bears or the jelly beans that you can take instead. Hopefully, after the testing is over and the results come back, you won’t need to do the three-hour testing. If you pass the first test, that doesn’t mean you can eat anything and everything. During the second trimester, you’ll also have the option to do genetic testing.
Tip – baby calendar: One tip to help organize all the tests and appointments is to create a baby calendar. That way, you have everything you need to do for the baby in one spot.
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