The Second Trimester

Your Life & Body
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You may feel like your pregnancy is more “real” in this trimester: Say goodbye to regular clothes and hello to baby’s first kicks! Learn what to expect from the fourth, fifth, and sixth months, including the average weight gain during the second trimester of pregnancy.

Baby’s Due In…

…24 Weeks

Baby is moving both the arms and legs more now, and you should be feeling this movement very soon! This may be the time when your doctor will talk to you about prenatal testing.

…23 Weeks

By this week, baby is about the size of your hand spread open. Can you believe you're almost halfway to your due date?

…21 Weeks

Between now and delivery your baby's weight will increase more than 15 times! Your wardrobe is starting to indicate how much your own weight has increased by this point.

…19 Weeks

By now, your uterus is probably just about even with your navel. Your weight gain is probably between 10 and 14 pounds, and the fact that you are pregnant is clearly noticeable. As your body continues to change and grow, you may notice swelling in your legs and feet, especially by the end of the day.

…17 Weeks

Your belly is slowly growing and you definitely have a round appearance by now. An average weight gain at this point is between 12 and 15 pounds.

…16 Weeks

The uterus is getting more cramped as baby grows so she doesn't have as much room to move around - but she will still try, and you’ll certainly feel it!

…15 Weeks

Your uterus continues to grow upward, and at this point in your pregnancy you should be able to feel it approximately 2 inches above your navel.

…14 Weeks

Your weight gain is probably between 16 and 22 pounds at 26 weeks. Your uterus continues to move upward and is now about 2 1/2 inches above your navel.

…13 Weeks

At 27 weeks of pregnancy, your uterus is almost 3 inches above your navel. Your doctor will probably check your weight, blood pressure, urine, the height of your uterus, swelling, and varicose veins, and the fetal size, position, and heartbeat.

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