16th to 19th week of amenorrhea / 14th to 17th week of pregnancy
Nausea or hyperemesis gravidarum and other major bouts of fatigue in the first trimester are (in theory) a thing of the past. You are fully entering the second trimester, a period during which you will feel in great shape ! However, you will still have times when you risk feeling tired (yes, you are creating a life all the same, it takes energy!).
Your transit may tend to be a little disturbed during these weeks, because your uterus rises towards the navel and does not hesitate to jostle everything in its path. As a result, there is a possibility of constipation, stomach aches or slower intestinal transit.
Little advice to improve all this: eat fiber and drink plenty of water (at least 1.5 L per day). The ideal is also to eat light and limit acidic foods. At this stage, we still watch for stomach aches. If the risks of miscarriage are largely ruled out in the second trimester, possible labor contractions , which are very rare, must be taken seriously, as do gynecological and urinary disorders , in order to avoid possible premature delivery. However, white discharge may be more significant and does not constitute a threat, on the contrary it protects the child from infections.
Furthermore, your nipples will undoubtedly be more visible and may, in rare cases, already secrete colostrum, the milk produced at the end of pregnancy. You may feel tightness in the breasts, which are gaining volume to prepare for breastfeeding, and in the lower abdomen, a sign that this growing little one is gradually taking up more space!
As since the start of your pregnancy, we advise you to protect yourself from the sun in order to avoid the “ pregnancy mask ”. These brownish spots can appear on the face of the future mother, especially from the 4th month , and are unfortunately difficult to hide even with foundation or concealer. Furthermore, once it appears, melasma, the scientific name for the mask of pregnancy, is difficult to completely eliminate. To maximize your chances of avoiding it, La Crème Radieuse SPF 50+ will be your ideal partner... to slip into your bag and use every morning and before each exposure to the sun (not just at the beach!) until childbirth.
Thanks to hormones (yes for once we say “grace”), your hair, your nails and your skin will (we hope) be magnificent ! Once again, we will talk to you about this glow that pregnant women have and their glowy complexion... Take advantage and appreciate the compliments we give you, it's always good for your morale!
In addition to being radiant, the 2nd trimester is often known to be the one where your desire is at its peak! Prepare your partner... Sex during pregnancy is in no way contraindicated, and if it worries your other half, you can reassure him or her: your baby will not feel anything except perhaps a feeling of well-being. be thanks to the hormones that you will produce. But the important thing is to listen to yourself and not to force yourself, it must remain a moment of pleasure!
We can never say it enough but it is essential to pamper yourself! And to maintain beautiful skin with this increasingly rounded belly, stock up on treatments with the Morning & Evening Anti-Stretch Mark Ritual :
- Le Lait Fondant to apply in the morning to wake you up gently, with its fresh and feminine fragrance, adapted to your sensitive sense of smell. The little extra: its texture penetrates easily, which will allow you to get dressed quickly after application.
- L'Huile Sensorielle to apply in the evening to the most sensitive areas for a pure moment of relaxation thanks to its silky texture and delicious smell. Discover in our dedicated article the facial and body treatments to adopt during pregnancy.
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Generally, this 4th month is very pleasant even if some minor inconveniences may occur, such as dizziness or even lower back pain. Rest and ask your darling for a few massages (you'll see, your other half will enjoy it too... especially if it's with our Huile Sensorielle).
To relieve your back, you can also sleep on your side . Know that the nursing pillow is a very useful accessory, do not hesitate to ask your midwife about the different ways to use it.
Finally, be sure to monitor for possible blood circulation problems. This may manifest in the form of cramps and/or varicose veins. Try to elevate your legs as often as possible to promote venous return. Also run cold water over it to relieve your pain.
And baby, where is he?
As the 5th month of pregnancy approaches, the fetus measures approximately 19 cm and weighs between 200 and 250 g. At this stage, his skin is still very thin, almost transparent, you can see the blood vessels through it. The details are already starting to be refined: the eyelashes and eyebrows are appearing! Hair and nails continue to grow. Even the fingerprints, which will make it unique, are there!
The digestive system starts up gradually. The intestine begins to be lined with meconium: your baby's first "poo" which will be expelled after birth. We warn you it is very dark, even black and it will turn green-yellow afterwards. A real rainbow in its diaper. ;)
During this month, the senses will continue to develop. After taste during the 3rd month, baby will discover touch . He clenches his fist and moves his lips... At the end of the month, he will move more and more, and you may even be able to feel his first movements, and his first kicks: a moment always filled with emotions for the future mother!
After touch, hearing develops: your baby begins to hear sounds outside... and the voices of his future parents. Now is the time, why not, to get yourself a pregnancy bola since he will be able to hear the sounds...
Appointments, paperwork, etc. :
During this 4th month, you will have to carry out your 2nd compulsory medical consultation with your midwife or doctor: it must be carried out between the 16th and 19th week of amenorrhea. The purpose of this exam is to check that everything is going well for you and your baby. Your weight, blood pressure and uterine development (measurement of belly height) will be monitored. A vaginal exam can be done to check if your cervix is long and closed. You should know that from the fourth month, contractions may appear. Don't worry, they are called Braxton Hicks contractions: they are generally not painful, do not act on the cervix and do not indicate the start of labor. These are simply “training” contractions for the uterus as it prepares for childbirth in a few months! Not all pregnant women experience them at this stage (even less so when it is a first pregnancy), but do not hesitate to point them out to the healthcare professional following you: he or she will be able to check that they are not do not announce premature birth.
Additional tests will be prescribed: urine analysis to check sugar (risk of diabetes) and albumin (search for proteins, which can be a sign of hypertension, kidney abnormalities, urinary infection, etc.) and blood test like every month (you're starting to get used to it!) to check the absence of toxoplasmosis if you are not immunized.
On the baby side, we will check the little one's heart rate. Those who want to know the sex of the baby may, at this point, have the answer to their question! Some gynecologists perform a quick ultrasound during the 4th month. Important information, but which will of course remain to be confirmed next month, during the second official ultrasound, during which baby will be observed and measured from all angles! You will then be able to observe in detail each part of its body, and see its tiny feet?
This is also the time to think about your childbirth plan: public or private maternity ward, conventional or unconventional childbirth, etc. All these reflections will allow you to plan for the big day and you will also be able to register in your maternity ward .
You can carry out the 4th month prenatal interview with your midwife . This interview, individual or as a couple, lasts approximately 45 minutes and constitutes the first session of preparation for childbirth. It allows you to ask any questions you have about pregnancy, childbirth or the aftermath. Take advantage, it is fully refunded.
Following this interview with your midwife, you can begin childbirth preparation sessions which can be done in the hospital or in a private midwife's office. It is recommended to start them between the 4th and 7th month, and there are several methods: classic course (discussion sessions), sophrology, hypnosis, haptonomy , swimming pool, prenatal singing... Alone or in duo with your partner, you All you have to do is make your choice!
Our advice article for future mothers may also be useful for you to wait for your baby with complete peace of mind!