What to expect in the second trimester

What to expect in the second trimester - our guide to your blooming baby bump

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  • The second trimester

    This, hopefully, is the blooming phase. Any sickness should have eased by now, and you'll feel less tired and emotional too. Also, the risk of miscarriage is much lower now.

    You'll have had your dating scan, where you will have seen your baby for the first time! You may be showing a little already, especially if it's your second or third baby.

  • Continue to limit caffeine

    ...and avoid those foods on the banned list, like soft cheeses, pate and raw and undercooked meat.

  • Alcohol in the second trimester

    If you choose to drink alcohol, limit it to one small (125ml) glass of wine once or twice a week.

  • Heartburn

    That burning pain in your chest after eating is the bane of many pregnant women's lives. The valve at the top of your stomach relaxes during pregnancy, causing acid to rise up. It often strikes in the second/third trimester when there's less room in your tummy.

    How to help

    Avoid fizzy drinks, coffee, spicy or fatty foods. Eat little and often - peppermint tea may help. Antacids such as Gaviscon are safe in pregnancy, but always check with your pharmacist first.

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  • Itching

    Itchiness is caused by your skin stretching to accommodate your growing bump. Hormonal changes can also make the skin drier and itchier.

    How to help

    Smooth on rich moisturiser and wear loose clothes.

    See your doctor if

    Itching becomes severe, particularly if you have it in the last trimester, as it may be a symptom of a serious liver condition called obsteric cholestasis.

Last updated on 11 October 2011

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