Your Baby’s Development: The Second Trimester [Cradle Club]
From the moment of conception to the time of delivery, your growing baby goes through several stages of development. The middle part of your pregnancy is called the second trimester. It is made up of weeks 13 or 14 through weeks 26 or 27. The timeframe can vary based on your doctor. During this time, your baby continues to grow and change almost daily. Here is a summary of how your baby develops during the second trimester.
Path to well being
The first trimester lasts from week 1 through approximately the end of week 13 of pregnancy, or about months 1 to 3.
Not sure what week you are in your pregnancy? The first step to nailing your current week down is to calculate your due date. Keep in mind that your date might change (especially if you have irregular periods), so try to go with the flow.
First trimester symptoms
When the second trimester starts, your baby is about 3 inches long. Your doctor might tell you your baby measures a certain length “from crown to rump.” This means your baby is being measured from the top of its head to its bottom (instead of head to toe) because the legs are curled up to the baby’s stomach.
At the beginning of the second trimester, your baby’s head is the biggest part of their body. During the next few weeks, the rest of your baby’s body will get longer in order to catch up. By the end of the second trimester, your baby may be 9 inches—or even longer.
Below are other highlights of the second trimester.
Things to consider
Your baby is moving almost all the time throughout your pregnancy. However, you won’t start to feel it until about the 20th week. At first, you may notice a fluttering feeling. It can be hard to tell if this is your baby or something else. Soon enough, the movements will become very noticeable. Your partner may be able to feel the baby move as well. You might even be able to see your belly move when your baby “kicks.”
Your baby’s movements are helping them prepare for life outside your body. Muscles grow stronger as your baby learns to kick, suck, and open and close their hands. Your baby also practices making faces, such as frowning, smiling, and squinting.
Questions to ask your doctor
*All information has been provided by https://familydoctor.org/your-babys-development-the-second-trimester/