At a glance:
- Your baby develops his own sleep pattern
- It may become more difficult to breath
- Watch out for the urinary tract infection
What’s happening to your baby
By now your baby has started developing a noticeable sleep–wake cycle. There’ll be periods where he’s active and awake, and times when he’s asleep and resting.
You’ll start noticing these different periods as his movements become clearer. And you may even be able to wake him up by your movements or by sounds around you. Watch out and see if bump moves if you have a warm bath or drink an icy glass of water.
Unfortunately, your baby’s sleep cycle does not match your bedtime and he may decide to get wriggly just as you’re trying to drop off to sleep (typical!), so you’ll have to get clever with some pregnancy sleep tricks. Read our tips on how to handle sleep issues in your second trimester of pregnancy and check out these 10 products to help you sleep better.
What’s happening to you
As your baby grows and your uterus expands, other organs will start to become squashed to make room for him. Your ribs will move upwards and outwards meaning there’s less room to take deep breaths – this is why you can feel breathless easily (probably what wearing a corset feels like!)
If this is the case, gentle exercise, particularly pregnancy yoga, is good because it will improve fitness and teach you deep breathing techniques.
You’ll notice it in other areas, too. Your stomach is squashed so you could get heartburn or indigestion and could feel very full after meals. Your bladder will also get squeezed, meaning you’ll need to head to the loo more frequently (and expect to make regular nocturnal bathroom visits, too).
What you may consider doing
In pregnancy, your body produces high levels of the hormone progesterone, which relaxes muscles, helping the uterus to expand. That’s the good bit.
But it also relaxes other muscles, including the ureters (the tubes connecting the kidneys and bladder) and the sphincters that control the flow of urine into the bladder. This means urine can pass back towards the kidneys from the bladder, causing a urinary tract infection (UTI).
So, be aware of symptoms including pain and burning when you wee, blood in your urine and needing to wee more often. See your GP if you’re worried, and make sure you drink plenty of fluids to help flush the infection out.
Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99