Trimester Two – Introduction Copy
Yay! We got through Trimester One, so hopefully this trimester you should start to feel a little better, have a little more energy and hopefully start to enjoy your pregnancy a bit more as this is where the exciting little movements can be felt. The down side is that because bump is still not quite an obvious bump you have that feeling of just looking like you have put on some extra weight rather than being pregnant but it won’t be long until you wished people will stop saying “wow your huge” and “are you sure you are only having one?” and “can I touch your bump?”. Trust us!
This trimester some pregnancy symptoms stick around and due to an increase in hormones can cause other symptoms, just to make you aware. For example:
- Constipation, heartburn, mild swelling of ankles and feet, congestion which will cause snoring, sensitive gums so possibly some bleeding, leg cramps, dizziness, achiness in lower abdomen and haemorrhoids and or varicose veins. These are all perfectly normal and often temporary, to help with swelling keep active and try not to sit for long periods of time, elevate your legs at night when sitting watching the TV, but don’t lie flat.
- For leg cramps you may have a shortage of calcium or magnesium so look at what you are eating and the content of the food.
- Dizziness- take it easy, its usually down to lower blood pressure due to the extra blood being pumped around. Eat plenty of smaller meals and have lots of fluid to reduce symptoms.
- Achiness round lower abdominals, this is usually the ligaments being stretched as they try to hold baby, you can also get rib pain which is again all the stretching.
You may also feel hotter in this trimester, which is nice for all you cold bunnies out there, but not so much for the hot bunnies. LOL.
So that brings us onto Trimester Two workouts. Due to these changes and the weight of the baby, you will not be able to lie on your back to exercise from 20 weeks, so I tend to just get into good practice at the beginning of the trimester.