What to expect during the second trimester
At approximately four months, your breasts may secrete a yellowish or whitish fluid called “colostrum.” The area around your nipples will enlarge and darken and possibly develop raised spots. As you continue to put on weight (up to 15 pounds or more by the end of the second trimester) you may experience some back pain. This can be lessened by wearing low-heeled shoes.
Your baby’s development
By the end of 24 weeks, you may begin to feel your baby move. You will be able to hear a heartbeat with a Doppler device. At the end of the second trimester, hair appears on the head and the eyes open. Your baby should be about 14 inches long and weigh about two pounds.
Second trimester checklist
- Prepare the nursery.
- Look into breastfeeding education.
- Consider cloth vs. disposable diapers.
- Research child care options if necessary.
- Consult with your physician regarding wills and advance directives.
- Continue learning more about new roles as a parent by registering for childbirth classes.
- Begin making maternity leave plans at work.
- Comparison-shop for major purchases.
- Contact your insurance company for information on how you can receive a free breast pump.
Selecting a pediatrician
As a consumer there are many choices and decisions to make regarding childbirth. One of these choices will be the doctor who will follow your child’s growth and development after you leave the hospital. Choosing a care provider before you deliver gives you time to choose carefully, to ensure that you have found someone who you can trust and communicate with. Your obstetrician may be an excellent source of pediatrician referrals, as he or she knows you and your family and works with other physicians on staff within the HealthONE network. Our team of experienced, well-trained staff works in collaboration with other professionals to assure that the best possible pediatric care is always available when needed.
Visiting a pediatrician during your pregnancy is especially important if this is your first child or if you are new to the doctor’s practice. Pediatricians often schedule “get acquainted” interviews with new parents. This first visit is the beginning of a long-term, supportive relationship, and you should feel comfortable and free to communicate openly. It is helpful to have a list of questions prepared to use at the first interview.
Locations for pregnancy care
We offer expert pregnancy care at all of our HealthONE locations, including:
- North Suburban Medical Center
- Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center
- Rose Medical Center
- Sky Ridge Medical Center
- Swedish Medical Center
- The Medical Center of Aurora