Long Beach Women’s & Children’s Medical Clinic

Opening Hours : Monday to Friday - 8am to 5pm
  Contact : (562) 624-1111

2nd Trimester

2nd Trimester- 14 weeks to 27 weeks gestation  (Months 4-6)

16 weeks visit

  • Lab results will be reviewed from the previous visit
  • Listen to fetal heart tones with Doppler
  • Check weight, blood pressure, urinalysis
  • Optional Genetic Screening
  • Anatomy ultrasound will be ordered- this will assess the baby’s anatomy, the growth of the baby, placental location, amniotic fluid level and gender. This ultrasound will be performed at a cation, amniotic fluid level, and gender.  This ultrasound will be conducted at a different location.  The anatomy ultrasound appointment is usually given at 19-20 weeks gestation.

20 weeks visit

  • Listen to fetal heart tones with Doppler
  • Check weight, blood pressure, urinalysis
  • Fundal height will be measured
  • Lab results will be reviewed from the previous visit
  • Ultrasound report will be examined (if available)
  • Discuss pre-eclampsia precautions

24 weeks visit

  • Listen to fetal heart tones with Doppler
  • Check weight, blood pressure, urinalysis
  • Fundal height will be measured
  • Ultrasound report will be reviewed (if not available at prior visit)
  • Discuss pre-term labor precautions
  • Discuss permanent post-partum for patients interested in the procedure
  • Labs:

Mother’s Physical Changes During the 2nd Trimester

For most women, this is the easiest part of the pregnancy.   You will start to “look pregnant” as your baby bump grows and you will begin to feel your baby move.  These are some of the more common changes seen in pregnancy during the second trimester:

  • Decrease in fatigue, more energy
  • Decrease in nausea/vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Bloating, flatulence
  • Continued breast enlargement
  • Occasional headaches
  • Occasional nosebleeds
  • Increased appetite
  • Varicose veins
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Slight increase in vaginal discharge
  • Start to feel baby moving at approximately 18-20 weeks
  • Mood swings
  • Achiness in the lower abdomen and along the sides
  • Backache
  • Sensitive gums
  • Leg cramps
  • Darkening of skin (abdomen and face)
  • Protruding navel
  • Absentmindedness
  • Feeling hot
  • Stretch marks

Baby’s Development During the 2nd Trimester

Your baby’s organs are beginning to develop and mature. The baby is growing fast and covered with a creamy, white substance that protects his/her skin from exposure to amniotic fluid.

Month 4

The baby is the size of a clenched fist.  The baby’s neck is getting longer and the head more erect.  The baby might start growing some hair.   The baby begins to wiggle his/her fingers and may even suck the thumb.  He or she can make breathing movements, suck and swallow.  The baby can begin to perceive some light, though the eyelids are still sealed.  Body fat begins to form.

Month 5

The baby begins to have and hiccup.  The baby develops unique fingerprints.  The gender of the baby is identified on ultrasound.  The baby’s senses begin to develop- touch, sight, hearing, and taste.

Month 6

The baby is just over a pound in weight at the beginning of the sixth month and continues to grow at a faster rate.   By the end of the sixth month, the baby is approximately two pounds.  The baby’s skin becomes less transparent.  Baby’s eyes begin to open.