You might have already noticed that you’re the most sensitive you’ve ever been: on some occasions, it seems as though your emotions are running high and indeed uncontrollably. Changes in appetite and sleep, abrupt emotional changes, and extreme fatigue are highly evident symptoms at this stage, due to the hormonal shifts that affect your entire organism. 

It’s worth noting, however, that some signs might be heightened. Sadness, anguish, melancholy, decrease, or total lack of pleasure in doing things you used to love, a continuous feeling of guilt, insecurity, and a crippling fear of not being able to meet your child’s needs can indicate the first signs of depression. 

Talk to your doctors about everything you’re going through; they will be able to determine what is normal and what isn’t and, if necessary, will refer you to someone who specializes in what your issues are. Keep in mind that apprehension and preoccupation are part of the process; after all, your entire life is changing, and new transformations are expected soon. However, too many incessantly negative thoughts require careful attention. 

At the end of the second trimester, you will also notice that your waist measurements will begin to increase, preparing the body to host a child that will not stop growing. Weight gain, even if subtle, is expected, and so is an increase in oiliness on your skin. Your breasts will begin to grow, and it might be a good idea to buy bigger bras to be more comfortable.