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What you can expect during the 2nd trimester of your Pregnancy
While some of the symptoms associated with pregnancy have subsided, you will see other new, more noticeable changes to your body.
Many of the other symptoms you had in the first trimester might also continue, like:
Therefore, it is important to keep doing all of the healthy things you have already learned to help prevent or treat those symptoms. Below are some symptoms you might be dealing with during this, the 2nd trimester:
Aches and Pains
As your uterus and abdomen expands, you might feel:
A gentle massage, lying down, resting, or applying heat can help resolve some of these aches and pains.
It there are no medical reasons to avoid exercise, than do not stop going for a walk or swim. Your fitness levels need to be maintained if at all possible.
Shortness of Breath
As your baby grows inside your uterus, your other organs are pushed out of the way of the expanding uterus. This can result in upward pressure and restricting the movement of the diaphragm, which is what helps you to breath. You might begin to experience shortness of breath or at time be unable to catch your breath.
Try taking deep, long breaths and maintain a good posture maximising your Lungs ability to expand. Using additional pillows at night to elevate your upper body will help you to breathe more freely. You can also try sleeping on your side.
If you sleep on your left side, you will relieve pressure on major blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the foetus. If you have high blood pressure, it is even more important to be on your left side when you are lying down.
Stretch Marks and Other Skin Changes
You might have heard stories from family members or friends about the dreaded stretch marks from pregnancy. Stretch marks are red, pink, or purple streaks in the skin, usually over the thighs, buttocks, abdomen, and breasts. They are scars caused by the stretching of the skin, and usually appear in the second half of pregnancy. Only about half of all pregnant women get stretch marks though. They can start out as pink, reddish brown, or dark brown streaks, depending on your skin colour.
Start using good quality, natural skin care products such as the ones from Wildcrafted Herbal Products to minimise stretch marks and keep your skin in top condition so that it can stretch more easily with minimal damage. Remember that most stretch marks fade after delivery to very light lines.
Besides stretch marks, you may also notice other skin changes in the second half of your pregnancy. You might notice that your nipples are darker than before becoming pregnant, or that you have a dark line on your skin that runs down your abdomen from your belly button to your pubic hairline, called the linea nigra. You also might have blotchy brown pigmentations on your forehead, nose or cheeks. These skin changes are called melasma or chloasma. They are more common in darker-skinned women. Pregnancy hormones cause these skin changes, and most of them will also fade or disappear after delivery.
Tingling and Itching
Tingling and numbness of the fingers and a feeling of swelling in the hands are common during pregnancy. These symptoms are due to swelling of tissues (fluid retention) in the narrow passages in your wrists or ankles, and they should disappear after you deliver your baby. Again, exercising by going for a 20 minute walk or swimming several times a week can help prevent/minimise fluid retention.
It also is common to feel itchy as your pregnancy progresses. Pregnancy hormones and your stretching skin, especially over your abdomen, probably are to blame for most of your discomfort. About 20 percent of all pregnant women have some kind of itching. And many pregnant women also get red and itchy palms and soles of their feet. You should be able to eliminate or at the very least reduce such problems by using natural skin care products that hydrate and soothe your skin.
Only in rare cases do pregnant women develop a condition called cholestasis of pregnancy, which is itching along with nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice and fatigue. This condition is a sign of a serious liver problem.
You can also use only gentle soaps, and avoid hot showers or baths that can dry your skin. Try not to get over-heated since heat rash can make the itching worse.
During pregnancy, this is not avoidable, everyone gains weight at different rates, but on average, it is normal to gain about one pound per week, or about three to four pounds per month during this trimester.
Caring For Yourself
Make sure to continue the healthy behaviours that you learned in your 1st trimester to care for yourself and the precious life inside of you.
Natural Skin Care Products to help your skin cope with your Pregnancy
Rejuvenating Night Crème
Use at night for deep moisturising and hydrating of your skin.
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Geranium & Aloe Body Lotion
Nourishes and hydrates your skin - for use all over your body.
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Age Defying Essence
Use for intensive hydration and nourishment of stressed skin.
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Papaya Day Crème
Day Crème to use on dry, sensitive, stretched and itchy skin
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Rose Day Crème
Wildcrafted Rose Day Crème is a light and gentle moisturiser for Sensitive skin.
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