The second trimester is a very moving time, both literally and figuratively. Your belly is starting to show evidence of your growing uterus, you are feeling your baby move, and you may even find out the sex of your baby if you so choose. While your body goes through many changes, your baby is also growing at a rapid pace. In the second trimester, your baby is about 2.5 pounds and develops bones, genitals, hair and even ever-so-tiny footprints.
Not all doctors agree on this, but in general, the second trimester starts around week 14. Now that you are in your fourth month of pregnancy, your baby has defined fingers and toes, hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, bones, teeth, and nails. Your baby has even started to make motions like making faces, yawning and sucking its thumb. The earliest you may be able to tell your baby’s sex is in week 14, though many don’t find out until week 17 or later. In week 15, your baby’s bones become denser and are visible through the ultrasound. Week 16 is the early stage of your baby learning to suck his or her thumb and in week 17, fat starts accumulating. Your baby can hear near the end of month four. Your baby is about six inches long by the time it reaches the end of the fourth month.
Depending on what calculations you go by, month 5 starts at week 18 or week 19. Your baby’s hair is growing more rapidly and since he or she is starting to move, you feel movements clearly during this time. If you are having a girl, her uterus typically forms in week 19. Week 20 marks your pregnancy’s halfway point, which is when quickening (baby movements) begins. If this isn’t your first pregnancy, you may have already felt some flutters. In week 21 and week 22, your baby learns to swallow and is generally more active.
In month 6, your baby starts to hiccup, has visible veins and their eyes begin opening. Around week 24, your baby is waking up and sleeping in regular intervals. By week 25, your bundle of joy can not only hear your voice but respond to it. Fingernails are developed in week 26, and in week 27, your baby’s nervous system and lungs are beginning to mature. Your baby is now about 12 inches long (double the length at month four) at the end of month six. He or she weighs about 2 pounds to 2.5 pounds at the end of your second trimester.
Now that you see how much developing your baby is going through, you understand why months four-six require so many bodily changes.
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