Second Trimester (14th to 27th Week)

Changes experienced by the mother

  •  Nausea and vomiting lessens or stops completely
  •  The “baby bump” is already showing
  •  Periods of pains and aches on the abdomen, the back, the groin, or thighs
  • Stretch marks have formed on the breasts, abdomen, buttocks, or thighs.
  • The skin around the nipples has darkened
  • The public hairline linea-nigra (a line from the bottom of the belly) has formed
  • Mask of pregnancy appear. These are the patches of dark skin on the forehead, nose and cheeks, also known as Chloasma facies or melisma.
  •  Tingling or numbing of the limbs
  •  Itchy abdomen, palms, and soles of the feet
  • The ankles, fingers and face are swelling.(Seek medical advice if the swelling is extreme or sudden. this could be a sign of preeclampsia.)

Development of the baby

Week 14

Your baby’s tiny features are making different expressions. You will feel more energetic and less nauseated.

Week 15

Your baby can sense light, taste buds have also developed. You may also have a stuffy nose as a pregnancy side effect.

Week 16

Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and increase in length.

Week 17

Your baby’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord is growing stronger and thicker.

Week 18

Your baby’s genitals are developed enough to see on an ultrasound. Your appetite will also increase significantly.

Week 19

Go ahead and sing; your baby may be able to hear you!

Week 20

You are now at the halfway mark in your pregnancy! The baby is producing me conium.

Week 21

Feeling your baby move? Those early flutters will turn into full-fledged kicks. S/he has also grown eyebrows

Week 22

Your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. Finger nail, toe nails, finger prints and foot prints form

Week 23

When you’re on the move, your baby can feel the motion. Pretty soon, you may notice swelling in your ankles and feet.

Week 24

Your baby is long and lean. And your uterus has grown extra big.

Week 25

Your little one is starting to add some baby fat and grow more hair. Your hair may be looking extra lustrous, too.

Week 26

Your baby is inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is good practice for breathing. Boys’ testicles begin to descend to the scrotum while uterus and ovaries are in place. For girls, and a lifetime supply of eggs formed in ovaries.

Week 27

The baby opening and closing his eyes, and even sucking the fingers Sucking reflex has developed and the baby can swallow sometimes, you will feel a tickle as your baby hiccups.