At the beginning of the second trimester you should have an end to or a decrease in nausea and vomiting, and your belly will start to show due to the growth of the baby. You’ll experience pregnancy discomforts such as sleeping problems and may notice Braxton Hicks contractions. Your baby will grow hair all over its body and the senses will begin to develop. At the end of the second trimester, your baby will measure about 10 inches (25 cm) and will frequently practice their kicking movements.
During the second trimester you will begin to notice the changes associated with the growth of your baby. Between 16-22 weeks, you should start feeling fetal movement. During this period you may experience a clear to whitish vaginal discharge, and as long as there is not an odor or other symptoms associated this may be normal. If you are concerned discuss with your Doctor at your visit. Constipation may increase so increase your fiber and water intake. Stool softeners and fiber products such as Metamucil or Benefiber are safe to use.
At your office visits we will be taking weight and blood pressure readings. Listening for fetal heartbeat, checking size and shape of the uterus, checking maternal hands and feet for edema. During these visits you should explain any symptoms you have been experiencing, especially unusual ones. You should also make a list of any questions you may have and be prepared to discuss them at these visits.
Because you are now in the middle of your pregnancy, it is wise to start thinking about childbirth classes and registering at the hospital. You can go to the Methodist hospital website at www.sahealth.com/locations/methodist-hospital to find out about child birthing classes and hospital facilities. Click here for Hospital Pre-Registration.
A screening ultrasound will be done between 18-20 weeks in the office. You many bring a DVD and we will try to take some memory pictures for you, if the baby cooperates. If you desire to know the gender of your baby, we can usually determine gender during this ultrasound. At this time if any abnormalities are noted on the screening Ultrasound then referral for a more comprehensive Ultrasound will be scheduled.
You will be referred for a detailed ultrasound if you are 35 years of age or older or have any other indication for a referral. This will be discussed at your visit.
Premature Labor occurs in approximately 10% pregnancies. The most common cause of pre-mature labor is unknown. Pregnancies at increased risks are; multiple gestations, a history of a pre-term delivery, or uterine malformations.
Premature Labor Precautions may include
- A persistent mucous discharge
- 4 to 5 rhythmic pains per hour, despite rest and hydration
- Vaginal bleeding
- Rupture of your bag of water
- Or any rhythmic pain
Please call the office if any the above occur or if you have any concern regarding premature labor.
We now offer 3D Sonograms!
Here at Stone Oak Womens Center we try to make every pregnancy for you and your family a memorable one. We now offer 3D sonogram sessions to capture your baby before he or she enters the world. This is a way to capture your child’s first silhouette.
For this 3D session we ask you to schedule it during the 26-32 weeks of your pregnancy. This sonogram will not be submitted to your insurance since it is not medically necessary, so a fee of $200.00 is expected in full the day of the sonogram. This type of appointment will last 30 to 45 minutes based on your baby’s position. You will be charged a fee of $50.00 for all cancellations within 24 hours.
Stone Oak Womens Center will provide a CD-RW for this photo session. As you schedule your appointment, please keep in mind that you and/or the sonographer cannot control the positioning or movement of your baby on the day of your session and we cannot guarantee the quality of the photos. This is purely a recreational PHOTO session and NOT a medical ultrasound.
We look forward to making memories with your family!