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Second trimester (14-27 weeks) tips

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The second trimester starts in week 14 of your pregnancy, and lasts through to the end of week 27. Like many women, you might find this is the most comfortable of all three trimesters. You’ll likely find you experience some changes, with most of your early pregnancy symptoms easing up. Everyone’s different so don’t worry if they don’t. Your favourite (healthy) foods might be back on the menu, and you could find your energy levels start to rise.

There’s lots to look forward to - and the real highlight of this trimester is that your bump will look much more like a pregnant tum as your growing baby starts to put on weight. And while you’re getting your mojo back, your wee one is busy learning how to yawn and hiccup, and flex those tiny little arms and legs inside you.

Top tips from parents-to-be

Tip #1: Relax!

Try to relax, and enjoy this exciting time. Your baby is growing fast - and that’s hard to miss now! You’ll continue to experience changes in your body as your pregnancy goes on. This is completely normal, so don’t worry.

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Tip #2: It's good to talk

Keep talking to people around you, whether it’s your midwife, partner, a friend or family member. And if you’re worried about anything, your midwife can answer your questions. She is there to support you, and will want to help - so don’t be afraid to ask.

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Tip #3: You're not alone

It’s really important to remember that you’re not alone. As your bump gets bigger, it’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed at times - but don’t let it cause you to be worried, stressed or down about things. Don’t bottle your feelings up - speak to people, use your support network and let them reassure you. And remember - lots of parents have been there, done it, and come out smiling - you can too!

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Tip #4: Keep a note

Questions might pop into your head at 3am. You’ll have a lot to think about and you can’t be expected to remember everything - so keep a notepad near, so you can scribble these down and ask your midwife at your next check-up.

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Tip #5: Ready, Steady, Baby!

The internet is a fantastic way to get information - but use it carefully and always stick to trustworthy websites. Ready Steady Baby is a good one. Don’t let personal opinions on chat forums or scare stories on social media affect you. If you have any concerns, talk through them with your midwife.

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More infomation

For more information on the different stages of your pregnancy, ask your midwife or visit Ready Steady Baby.

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Last updated: 5 Feb, 2020