During the second trimester, your body and face will begin to take the shape of a pregnant woman’s body. Your breasts will start getting ready to breastfeed – at BabyHome, we are big believers in the importance of breastfeeding, which is why you’ll receive a lot of information on the topic. Truthfully, your body begins to change the moment your pregnancy takes over your hormones, but now is the point in time where you’ll start to notice your breasts are enlarging. Your areolas are growing in diameter and becoming darker. After birth, your breasts will go back to usual little by little. Meanwhile, your mammary glands produce an oily liquid that protects the breast region during lactation. These glands also produce a smell that attracts the baby to the breast.
Some pesky little symptoms that are still part of the pregnancy “package” will persist, such as constipation and swelling of the extremities. To curb those symptoms, follow a diet rich in fibers and drink plenty of water.
The good news is, the hormones are also responsible for giving an extra glow to your skin and hair. Get ready for many compliments! And prepare yourself as well to experience one of the most emotional moments of your life. Between the 18th and 20th week, the baby should begin to move! In reality, the baby starts moving as early as the 10th week, when the legs and arms are still developing, but you won’t be able to feel any of that.
To identify the movements, think of little fish or butterflies playing inside your belly, right underneath the belly button. It’s common to mistake the first movements with stomach rumbles and even gases, but soon you’ll be able to recognize the first interactions with your baby.