You are now officially in the second trimester, the middle part of your pregnancy. Your midwife will be able to feel the top of your growing womb. Your stomach will be getting rounder, and your bump might be showing slightly. Start moisturising your skin well to keep it supple and to make stretch marks less noticeable. Moisturising is a job that dad could do as well – it gives you a chance to talk and bond a little as a couple.
Hormonal changes are apparent in your skin by now and you may decide to change your make up routine. On your tummy, a “linea negra” may have formed – a dark line down the middle of your abdomen to your pubic bone. The areola may have enlarged and got darker as well. Your uterus is the size of a grapefruit.
The baby is fully formed and even has tiny unique fingerprints. The sex organs are continuing to develop. By now, if you could see with the naked eye you would be able to see the gender, although ultrasounds at this stage aren’t 100% reliable for getting that all-important “pink or blue” result.
The baby is now about 12.5cm and is actually urinating into the amniotic fluid. It also can practice “breathing” the amniotic fluid in and out of its lungs – the amniotic fluid completely regenerates itself every three hours. How that works is still a bit of a mystery to scientists.
You should have a more comfortable appetite now and any morning sickness ought to be gone or wearing off.
The Recommend Daily Allowance (RDA) for protein in the last two trimesters is for an additional 5g per day, equivalent to a pint of semi-skimmed milk. Drink a glass of fruit juice each day to meet your increased requirement for vitamin C. You can also stop taking folic acid supplements, because your baby’s nervous system is well developed.
Despite everything you have gone through so far, this is still an early stage for the outside world – there’s no huge bump and if you haven’t told anyone it might still be your secret.