Second Trimester


 

By the second trimester of pregnancy you are starting to feel better – your appetite is back and you have more energy, you are more mentally and emotionally adjusted to the idea of having a baby, and you are ready for the fun part of the journey. You might like to begin a pregnancy journal to keep a record of your experiences as well as your thoughts, hopes, and dreams for this precious little one who has been entrusted to your care. Getting back to some regular exercise will help your sense of well-being as well as increasing your circulation and strengthening your core muscles. Keep your heart rate sustained to where you can keep a conversation during your workout. You can enjoy a brisk walk, a refreshing swim, or even plug in your favorite pregnancy exercise video. Plan to exercise for about 30 minutes 4-5 days a week. A good rule of thumb is that if you are out of breath, you need to slow down. Be sure to drink plenty or water before and after you exercise. Now is a good time to focus on eating a balanced diet. We really are what we eat, so making healthy choices during pregnancy is actually an investment in your body’s future. The baby growing inside of you takes vitamins, minerals and protein away from you so your diet is vital to staying healthy during pregnancy. Nutritionally speaking, fresh, organic foods are best.


Daily diet should include the following:

       - 4-6 servings fruits and vegetables (V8-Fusion drink has a serving of fruit and vegetable in each 8oz glass)

       - 3 servings protein (lean meats, fish, nuts, beans, eggs, protein bars/drinks)

       - 6-8 servings cereals/grains (whole wheat bread, brown rice, wheat or vegetable pasta)

       - 3 servings calcium-rich pasteurized foods (milk, yogurt, cheese)

       - 6-8 glasses of fluids (avoid caffeine, enjoy water, milk, fruit juice, decaf tea or coffee, decaf soda)

Choose wisely to help you and your baby grow strong and healthy. Try your best to avoid fatty foods and empty calories. But now and then, treat yourself to your favorite dessert or fast food meal! Savor every bite.

One of the most thrilling moments in your second trimester occurs when you begin to feel your baby moving inside you. This usually happens between 18-20 weeks. At first, you may notice just a faint fluttering. Enjoy the feeling of wonder during these early days because before too long this child will be kicking and wiggling with such force that you cannot miss it!! Ligaments stretching as your uterus grows can feel like sharp twinges of pain low in the pelvis on the right and/or left side of the uterus. If these become severe or are accompanied by painful urination or bleeding, contact your nurse or physician. 

Choose wisely to help you and your baby grow strong and healthy. Try your best to avoid fatty foods and empty calories. But now and then, treat yourself to your favorite dessert or fast food meal! Savor every bite. One of the most thrilling moments in your second trimester occurs when you begin to feel your baby moving inside you. This usually happens between 18-20 weeks. At first you may notice just a faint fluttering. Enjoy the feeling of wonder during these early days because before too long this child will be kicking and wiggling with such force that you cannot miss it! Ligaments stretching as your uterus grows can feel like sharp twinges of pain low in the pelvis on the right and/or left side of the uterus. If these become severe or are accompanied by painful urination or bleeding, contact your nurse or physician.

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755 North 11th Street, P4200
Beaumont, TX 77702
Phone: 409-422-5359
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