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    Second-trimester pregnancy symptoms: What happens in the middle of pregnancy and why

    Updated 19 June 2023 |
    Published 25 February 2019
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    Medically reviewed by Dr. Sara Twogood, Obstetrician and gynecologist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, California, US
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    You might be counting down the days until you feel your baby kick or flutter for the first time. But what other second-trimester pregnancy symptoms can you expect? And perhaps more importantly, why?

    You might have heard the second trimester of pregnancy referred to as “the sweet spot” — and there’s a good reason why. By now, you may have dealt with nausea throughout the day, those essential midafternoon naps, and changes to your taste and smell. You might even be able to see your bump poking out over your jeans. You’ve got that elusive glow. 

    However, pregnancy is still a huge thing for your body to go through, and all symptoms don’t necessarily disappear once you reach 14 weeks of pregnancy. At that point, you might start experiencing some of the symptoms commonly associated with your second trimester. So, what exactly can you expect

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    It’s so important to remember that while it’d be really convenient if you could split your different pregnancy symptoms into three clear trimesters, it doesn’t always work like that.

    The trimesters are really broken down by how many weeks you are. There are some symptoms that can be more common in one trimester than the other, but there’s nothing that’s 100% in the first trimester or 100% in the second,” notes Dr. Charlsie Celestine, obstetrician and gynecologist, New Jersey, US. 

    So, what’s generally going on in your body during your second trimester, and why might it mean you start experiencing new symptoms? 

    Second-trimester pregnancy symptoms: What can you expect? 

    One of the easiest (and quickest) ways to know you’ve entered your second trimester is by keeping track of how many weeks pregnant you are. And just so you’re up to date, your first trimester wraps up at the end of 13 weeks

    Using a pregnancy app like Flo, you can easily count the weeks and monitor your body’s changes as you go. With Flo, you’ll get insights on what’s normal for your body, what to expect, and when to see a doctor. 

    At this point, many people report feeling much better and more “themselves” again. That’s because, often, some of the symptoms you experienced during your first trimester start to ease off. 

    “The second trimester is interesting because it