During the first trimester, you may have felt tired, cranky, or even nauseous – not so much in the second trimester. You’ll get some of your energy back and your baby will be busy using their energy to grow.
At this stage in your pregnancy, you can expect to be frequenting the doctor every two to four weeks (sooner if you’re high risk). Here is a list of what you can expect at your second trimester doctor’s visits. As with any office visit, come prepared to ask any questions and voice any concerns that you may have for your health, your growing baby’s health, and for your family’s health as well.
1. The Prenatal Record: This is a digest of your pregnancy up until this point. Your doctor will go over it in depth with you.
2. Gestational Age: This is recorded as your pregnancy advances. The doctor will examine this to ensure things are on the right track for your baby growth-wise.
3. Urine Dipstick Tests: These will test the amount of protein and sugar in your urine, both of which are important deciding factors for hypertension and diabetes.
4. Your Weight: Any sudden jump in your weight during pregnancy can be early signs of fluid retention – so your doctor will pay close attention to your weight at each visit.
5. Fundal Height: Your doctor will measure from the the top of your public bone to the top curve of your uterus. This is an easy, free, and quick way to make sure you and your baby are growing at a healthy weight. Fundal height may also be an early indicator of a breeched baby.
6. Edema (Swelling): Whether mild or severe, your doctor will check for any swelling.
7. Fetal Heart Rate: Your doctor will listen for this either through a Fetal Heart Rate Monitor or by use of an ultrasound.
8. Pre-Term Labor: Your doctor will check for signs of any early labor.
Keep in mind that the above list isn’t set in stone – some doctors may glance over a certain area and spend more time on another or vice versa. As mentioned earlier, come prepared with a list of questions and concerns and go over them thoroughly with your OB-GYN.
The second trimester is also a great time to think about your birth plan. Even if it’s in the early stages, it’s never too early to talk it over with your doctor. Work together with your doctor to create a memorable pregnancy.
About the author: Danielle is a freelance blogger and editor specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.