A Guide to Second Trimester Prenatal Testing & Screening

Now that you're entering your second trimester, your doctor should be scheduling a few more blood and screening tests for you to make sure your baby's development is on track and free of complications. As always, keep in mind that screening positive for chromosomal abnormalities or fetal development problems does not necessarily mean that the tests are entirely accurate, so make sure your doctor is experienced or seek a second opinion before going ahead and following further recommended procedures. 

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Magic in the Making: Your Second Trimester

During the second trimester, fetuses' growth rates tend to vary from one to the other depending on their individual development profiles. However, there are certain weekly milestones that all babies go through as part of a normal pregnancy, as outlined below.

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The 2nd Trimester Mommy Experience - Weeks 20-27

Guess what? You’re halfway through your pregnancy! Your baby’s movements will be stronger and more noticeable now, and the top of your uterus should be at the same level as your navel. Since your uterus will be pushing out your belly button, you might experience some tenderness around that area. If you’re expecting multiples, your uterus should be 5-8cm higher than a singleton mom’s uterus would be. This is a good time to consider taking childbirth education classes if you’re a first-time mom.

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The 2nd Trimester Mommy Experience - Weeks 14-19

Considered to be the most comfortable of the three trimesters, the second trimester is usually when most of the annoying early pregnancy symptoms become a thing of the past and mothers get to enjoy greater energy levels. Take full advantage of this time to tweak and improve your diet and adopt a wholesome lifestyle that will promote a healthy, full-term pregnancy.

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