The Second Trimester: Physical and Emotional Changes

Warning Signs
Not all warning signs mean something is wrong. Use these as a guide when communicating with your caregiver.

  • Inability to accept being pregnant; increasing trouble in relationship.
  • No fetal movement by 24 weeks. A marked decrease in frequency or strength of fetal movement for 12 hours or more after 26 weeks.
  • Weight gain averaging more than five pounds in two weeks.
  • Headaches that are severe or occur with blurry vision.
  • Increasing resentment of pregnancy.
  • Severe nosebleeds; itchy or malodorous vaginal discharge.
  • Severe swelling of ankles or fingers, or noticeable swelling of the face. Painful, hard veins in legs or near vaginal opening.
  • Possible difficulties include backache, headache, sacroiliac pain, pelvic-floor pressure and radiating extremity pain.
  • Persistent severe cramps.

Seek professional help if any of the physical or psychological symptoms listed here develops. In addition to these specific symptoms, the following problems should also be reported to your clinician if you experience any of them while pregnant:

  • vaginal bleeding.
  • leakage of fluid from the vagina that is not your normal pregnancy discharge or urine.
  • fever of 101 degrees F or higher.
  • a rash, especially if accompanied by flu-like symptoms.
  • severe pain in head, chest,abdomen, pelvis or limbs.

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