Changes in Your Body During the 2nd TrimesterJan 12, 2024
I am currently 22 weeks pregnant and my body is changing in all sorts of ways, and even though this is the third time I’m doing this it never fails to both amaze and exhaust me.
I would be lying if I said I loved my pregnant body everyday, there are definitely days where I struggle with all the changes and days where I can embrace it and I think that is totally normal. So much is going on, my breasts have grown, my ribs are wider, of course I am getting more of a bump but not enough for it to be very obvious, so I just feel bigger all over. I am definitely holding onto more fat on my arms and legs. This is all completely normal and I was prepared for it but it just takes a bit of time to adjust to. I am starting to feel more movement now which really helps me accept all the changes and I know that when the bump gets bigger it’ll feel like something to show off more. Whether you are loving your pregnant body right now or not, that’s ok and whatever you are feeling is perfectly normal.
A Bump Up In Your Energy?
As you step into the second trimester of your pregnancy journey, you may find a renewed sense of energy and well-being or you may not. I definitely didn’t get this as I went into the 2nd trimester but I am starting to feel a bit more energetic now at the half way mark (20 weeks). Many women can only begin to start thinking about exercising when they get to the second trimester and that’s fine, as long as you go easy on yourself and don’t jump in at the deep end.
Understanding Body Changes
1. Cardiovascular Adjustments: During the second trimester, your blood volume increases, and your heart works more efficiently. This means you may experience improved stamina and less breathlessness during exercise. But it can also mean that your body thermostat takes a bit of getting used to - you may be feeling abnormally hot or cold, go with it, it's just your body catching up with the changes.
2. Muscle and Joint Adaptations: Hormonal changes and the increased presence of relaxin may affect joint stability. Be mindful of this when engaging in activities that involve stretching or flexibility.
3. Centre of Gravity Shifts: As your belly grows, your centre of gravity shifts forward. This alteration may impact your balance, so opt for exercises that minimize the risk of falls or injuries.
Signs to Watch Out For:
Excessive Fatigue: Feeling tired is normal, but if you experience extreme fatigue, it might be a sign to scale back your workout intensity.
Dizziness or Light-headedness: If you feel dizzy or lightheaded during exercise, stop immediately and rest. Dehydration or overexertion could be contributing factors.
Pain or Discomfort: Any sharp or persistent pain, especially in the abdominal or pelvic region, should not be ignored. Consult with your healthcare provider if you experience discomfort.
Contractions: If you notice regular or painful contractions during or after exercise, cease the activity and seek medical advice.
Unusual Swelling: Excessive swelling in the ankles, hands, or face could indicate a problem. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice sudden or severe swelling.
Listen to Your Body:
We say it all the time in pregnancy and it really is true - your body is the best gauge as to whether you are working at the right intensity or not, so you must listen to it. The second trimester is a wonderful time to celebrate the changes in your body, but it is also ok to take some time to get used to them while nurturing both your physical and mental well-being. Always prioritize comfort, safety, and proper hydration during your workouts. Remember, if you’re not sure about anything to consult with your midwife before starting or modifying any exercise routine, and stay attuned to the signals your body provides.
If you want to follow a specific pregnancy plan that is safe, physio approved and designed specifically for your stage of pregnancy then we highly recommend taking a look at our 2nd Trimester Pregnancy Plan.
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