Congratulations – you’ve reached your second trimester of pregnancy! You will already be feeling much better than at the beginning of pregnancy, but your body will continue to change. Let’s see what changes are taking place during this week…
Your appetite will come back
You’re starting to feel energetic again, your breasts feel better, and you can finally leave behind your morning sickness so that’s why your appetite makes a return at this stage. A pregnant woman only needs an extra 300 calories per day compared to other women, or 680 extra calories if she’s expecting twins, so the idea that you need to eat for two is a myth!
Choose foods that contain fibre so you’ll stay regular and avoid constipation and your diet should contain carbs, proteins and fats, as well as vitamins and minerals. It’s essential to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables because they will help you avoid the nutritional deficiencies that are so frequent in pregnancy. From now on your body will gain between 400 and 500g each week.
You may be in maternity clothes
During this time, your uterus is around the size of a large grapefruit and your clothes will already be starting to feel tight around the waist. If this isn’t your first pregnancy, your baby bump may have become noticeable even earlier than this.
Your body will carry on changing
If you haven’t got it already, the dark line which stretches down over your tummy and pubic bone, the linea nigra, may appear at this stage. It occurs as a result of excess melanin – the pigment that gives colour to the skin – caused by the high volume of oestrogen.
At the same time, you’ll notice that your hair becomes richer and brighter and your skin may also look more radiant than before. These changes are caused by high levels of oestrogen.
It’s also possible that you’ll have to deal with a blocked-up nose. This means that both nose bleeds and snoring are more likely, but neither are anything to worry about.
Also, during this time, varicose veins could appear. If you want to prevent them as much as possible, then avoid sitting down for long periods of time, move around as much as possible and sleep with your feet lifted above your head.
Your mental wellbeing will improve
It’s normal for pregnant women to experience sudden mood swings but the good news is that from week 14 of pregnancy onwards, your mental state will improve. You will feel more balanced emotionally, and your main concern will now be how to be the best mother you can be.